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April 12, 2004 Fifty years ago Monday, history was made when Bill Haley and the Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock" — considered by some critics to be the first-ever "rock 'n' roll" song to become a hit. Haley died in 1981, but the remaining Comets still tour the world. One of those original band members, bassist Marshall Lytle, talks about the significance of the anniversary.
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Bill Haley and the Comets rehearsing at the Dominion Theatre for their first British show.
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July 1, 2000 In 1954, a square-looking country singer from the suburbs of Philadelphia named Bill Haley recorded the song that became a countdown to a new musical era.
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