2021-01-09 23:58:38 UTC
Week ending October 2, 1954 (first UK Top 20 Chart, previously Top 10)
#16 Crew Cuts - Sh-Boom
it peaked at #12 the following week, its last appearance was
at #18 for November 27.
Meanwhile, Dean Martin was at #10 with "Sway", peaking
two weeks later at #6. Hmmm, I imagine progressive teens would have
liked this record too (along with their parents).
The next time a teen rock record appeared in the UK charts was for the
week ending December 18, 1954:
#13 Bill Haley and his Comets - Shake, Rattle And Roll
#17 Chordettes - Mr Sandman
These two records were still slowly climbing the UK charts when, for the
week ending January 8, 1955, we have:
#17 Bill Haley and his Comets - Rock Around The Clock
the following week it was #18 ** and then dropped out of the UK charts **
Meanwhile, "Shake, Rattle And Roll" got stronger and stronger, peaking at
#4 for w/e January 22, 1955.
"Mr Sandman" (Chordettes) peaked at #11 and finally left the charts after
w/e February 5.
"Shake, Rattle And Roll" was in the UK Top 20 charts up to and including w/e
March 19, 1955 - and there was no teen rock record to replace it.
Can anyone explain why "Shake, Rattle And Roll" was massively more popular
than "Rock Around The Clock" in the UK? (The movie "Blackboard Jungle" had
not yet been released at this time.)