Sunday, May 3, 2009

Book Excerpt of the Day

[The Blackboard Jungle and Rock Around the Clock both feature] Bill Haley & Comets’ most famous hit, though ironically, The Blackboard Jungle used it first. Legend has it that the movie’s producer selected the song from a stack of records owned by the young son of lead actor Glenn Ford. The song was one of the first successful attempts to transform black rhythm ‘n’ blues into something marketable to young white record buyers.

– from Chapter 7: Rockin’ Revolution of Kristopher Spencer’s Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979

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