When Blackboard Jungle introduced rock 'n' roll to the masses

Bill Haley and His Comets
Promotional portrait of American rock 'n' roll band Bill Haley & His Comets as they wear matching jackets, black pants and white shoes, January 1957.
Hulton Archive | Getty Images 1957

Today's Morning Edition music is from the song "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets.

It didn't grab much attention when it was released as a B-side in 1954. But once it was featured in "Blackboard Jungle" the following year it quickly became a hit.

It was the first rock 'n' roll song to top the Billboard pop chart and is credited with introducing rock music to a mainstream audience.

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