Bill Haley And His Comets ‎– Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock

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Rock Around The Clock: The song that started the rock revolution!

Thirteen Women / Rock Around The Clock was considered a dud upon it's initial 1954 release in the USA. After it's B side was used in the movie 'Blackboard Jungle' (March 1955) interest in 'Rock Around The Clock' grew exponentially. Entering the Top 40 on May 14, 1955 and hitting #1 on July 9, where it stayed for 8 weeks. It returned to the charts in 1974 after appearing in the George Lucas film 'American Graffiti' and as the theme song for the first season of the American TV sitcom, Happy Days.

Because Decca in the United States and Decca in England were separately owned companies […], Haley's recordings were issued in England on the Brunswick label. On release, Rock Around The Clock was reviewed by 'Jazz Journal' who said: "(A) jump blues by relatively unknown coloured group. Bill Haley blues shouts quite effectively, borrowing some of the tricks of Josh White. The band plays in a modern Harlem swing style." Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley And His Comets, Bill. Single 10 released in Uk in 1954 by BRUNSWICK with catalog number 05317. This release entered uk charts on January 7 1955 with catalog number 05317. The total number of weeks, this release was in charts was 36 and the highest place ever reached was number 1. “Rock Around the Clock” re-entered the British charts seven times, most recently in 1974.

Versions (87)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(Shellac, 10", Glo) Decca 29124 US 1954 Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 05317 UK 1954 Sell This Version
BM. 05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10") Decca BM. 05317 UK 1954 Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 05317 UK 1954 Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 05317 UK 1954 Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Rou) Brunswick 05317 UK 1954 Sell This Version
45-05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Brunswick 45-05317 UK 1954 Sell This Version
45-05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Brunswick 45-05317 UK 1954 Sell This Version
45-05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Brunswick 45-05317 UK 1954 Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, Rou) Brunswick 05317 UK 1954 Sell This Version
45-BM 5317 Billy Haley and his Comets* Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Decca 45-BM 5317 Sweden 1954 Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7") Decca 29124 Mexico 1954 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Decca 9-29124 Canada 1954 Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(Shellac, 10", Ric) Decca 29124 US 1954 Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(Shellac, 10", Single) Decca 29124 Canada 1954 Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(Shellac, 10", Single) Decca 29124 Canada 1954 Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(10", Promo) Decca 29124 US 1954 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Decca 9-29124 US 1954 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Decca 9-29124 US 1954 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Decca 9-29124 US 1954 Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 05317 UK 1954 Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(Shellac, 10") Decca 29124 US 1954 Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)(7", Single) Decca 05317 UK 1955 Sell This Version
SP45-679 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Festival Records SP45-679 Australia 1955 Sell This Version
SP45-679 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Festival Records SP45-679 Australia 1955 Sell This Version
SP45-679 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Festival Records SP45-679 Australia 1955 Sell This Version
SP45-679 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Festival Records SP45-679 Australia 1955 Sell This Version
SP45-679 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Festival Records SP45-679 Australia 1955 Sell This Version
US 90.504 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) CID (2) US 90.504 France 1955 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RP, Glo) Decca 9-29124 US 1955 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RP, Glo) Decca 9-29124 US 1955 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RP, Glo) Decca 9-29124 US 1955 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RP, Pin) Decca 9-29124 US 1955 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RP, Ric) Decca 9-29124 US 1955 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RP, Ric) Decca 9-29124 US 1955 Sell This Version
9-29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RP, Ric) Decca 9-29124 US 1955 Sell This Version
BM 5317 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(Shellac, 10") Rhythm BM 5317 Finland 1955 Sell This Version
FS-841 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10") Festival Records FS-841 Australia 1956 Sell This Version
SP45-1586 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) Festival Records SP45-1586 Australia 1958 Sell This Version
50.005 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) Decca 50.005 France 1968 Sell This Version
MCS 4652 Bill Haley Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Woman(7", Single, Mono) Old Time hits, MCA Records International MCS 4652 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
MCA-60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA-60025 US 1973 Sell This Version
MCA 60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) MCA Records MCA 60025 US 1973 Sell This Version
110.019 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) MCA Records 110.019 France 1973 Sell This Version
MCA-60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, Mono, Promo) MCA Records MCA-60025 US 1973 Sell This Version
MCA 60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA 60025 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
MCA-60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA-60025 US 1973 Sell This Version
50.005 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) Decca 50.005 France 1973 Sell This Version
612 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock = Al Compás Del Reloj(7", Single) MCA Records 612 Peru 1974 Sell This Version
MCA-60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)(7", RP) MCA Records MCA-60025 US 1978 Sell This Version
MCA-60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA-60025 US 1978 Sell This Version
MCA-60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA-60025 US 1978 Sell This Version
MCA 60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA 60025 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
MCA 60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA 60025 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
MCA-60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA-60025 US 1980 Sell This Version
MCA-60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA-60025 US 1980 Sell This Version
MCA 60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA 60025 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
OG 9220 Bill Haley & The Comets* Rock Around The Clock(7", RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9220 UK 1982 Sell This Version
MCS 32860 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)(7", Single, RE) Decca MCS 32860 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
B0018024-21 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) Decca B0018024-21 US 2013 Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women And Only One Man In Town)(7") Decca 29124 US Unknown Sell This Version
D-1260 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(7") MCA Records D-1260 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 05317 UK Unknown Sell This Version
1999 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10") Fonit 1999 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 05317 UK Unknown Sell This Version
M 33825 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10") Decca M 33825 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
M 33825 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10", Single) Decca M 33825 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
45-BM 5317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7") Decca 45-BM 5317 Sweden Unknown Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, Promo, RE) Decca 29124 US Unknown Sell This Version
MCA-60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA-60025 US Unknown Sell This Version
MCA-60025 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) MCA Records MCA-60025 US Unknown Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(Shellac, 10", Single) Brunswick 05317 UK Unknown Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(Shellac, 10", Single) Brunswick 05317 UK Unknown Sell This Version
50001 Bill Haley And His Comets Bailando El Rock = Rock Around The Clock(Shellac, 10") Decca 50001 Uruguay Unknown Sell This Version
BM.5317 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women (Shellac, 10") Decca BM.5317 Unknown Sell This Version
45-BM 05317 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(7", Single) Decca 45-BM 05317 Denmark Unknown Sell This Version
COL-90029 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(7", Single, RE) Collectables, MCA Special Markets & Products COL-90029 US Unknown Sell This Version
BM 05317 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women(Shellac, 10") Decca BM 05317 Scandinavia Unknown Sell This Version
OG 9220 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock(7", Mono, RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9220 UK Unknown Sell This Version
OG 9220 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock(7", RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9220 UK Unknown Sell This Version
OG 9220 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock(7", RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9220 UK Unknown Sell This Version
05317 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock(7", Single) Brunswick 05317 Denmark Unknown Sell This Version
OG 9220 Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9220 UK Unknown Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, Promo, RE) Decca 29124 US Unknown Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) Decca 29124 US Unknown Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) Decca 29124 US Unknown Sell This Version
29124 Bill Haley And His Comets Thirteen Women / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock(7", Single, RE) Decca 29124 US Unknown Sell This Version

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rufl1

rufl1

June 29, 2018
referencing Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women, Shellac, 10", FS-841
The matrix numbers on the Australian 78 (MX979 and MX982) suggest that the A-side, if taken alpha-numerically, id Rock Around The Clock. This is unique in only the Oz release ?
hyypia64

hyypia64

October 25, 2017
referencing (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women, Shellac, 10", 05317
The record I have, the A side is nearly same as the one on image the Label mark match exact (86163) upside down compare to all other texts. The stamped runout mark is D 86163-1 and on 3 different spots like this 32H, CA-H, GK H
B side Label printed CINEPHONIC on top of MUSIC , not in a line. Barcode 86164 upside down compare to the other texts without this signs( ). Stamped runout mark D 86164-1, 2H, NG H
Groovemaster-DJ

Groovemaster-DJ

November 7, 2012
referencing (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women, Shellac, 10", 05317
I think what really helped to make this sell so many in the shallac 10" format is when you look at the vinyl 7" equivalent it looks pants, the text lacks the from the film info and the microgroove GPI (grooves per inch) ratio is just crazy with over 1/2 the playing space left unused. The punter would naturally compare the two visually and you can guess which version in the Teddy Boy's eyes and mind won the day.
the 78 cut is superb, UK Decca did know how to cut a good and deep 78, they were just slow at exploiting the GPI that they could use on a 45 which resulted in a far quieter pressing and less deep bass, which they cutting engineer had no choice to do to avoid groove bleed through. This made the needlessly tight spiral less able to play scratches and avoid serious ware etc.
Groovemaster-DJ

Groovemaster-DJ

November 7, 2012
referencing Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women, 7", Single, RE, COL-90029
Note: these are the original mono Decca recordings
jadedtom

jadedtom

May 17, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock, 7", Single, RP, Glo, 9-29124

Bill Haley and the Comets produced what I call a 'big band rock and roll' sound that was an early type of fifties' rock. To most, I suppose these songs sound fairly dorky, but they remain classics of early rock. Bill Haley looked like somebody's obnoxious father, dorkier than Buddy Holly or even Roy Orbison. But I still find a charm to lots of his songs, and these two sides are some of his best. 'Thirteen Women' is more interesting than the overplayed 'Rock Around the Clock'.

I was just born when these songs came out. I have no idea the effect it had on a movie audience to go see 'The Blackboard Jungle' and hear a rock and roll song as the theme to a film. It's certainly no big deal in 2012. And although both this song and the movie are dated, they both stand up fairly well as 'art' I would say.

For some reason, the british just LOVED this guy. Haley enjoyed much of his success in England. Maybe America viewed Haley as terribly 'unhip' compared to the sexy Elvis. Okay, Bill Haley was dorky, but not dorky like Pat Boone. Maybe it took safe, fat white guys to sell rock and roll to a wary public.