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

Decca ‎– 9-29124
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Repress

Tracklist Hide Credits

A Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)
Written-By – Dickie Thompson
B (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
Written-By – Jimmy De Knight, Max C. Freedman

Companies, etc.



Black labels / silver print. Star displayed under the word "Decca" indicating this is a latter pressing.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A Side label): (86164)
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side label): (86163)✤
  • Matrix / Runout (A Side runout, stamped): 45 86164 5
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side runout, stamped): 45 86163 5



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May 17, 2012
edited over 5 years ago

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.