Sonny Dae (Pascal Salvatore Vennitti) and His Knights were first to record "Rock Around the Clock" (DeKnight - Freedman) in 1953 and issue the tune in 1954. Sonny was once a drummer for the Tommy Dorsey band. "Rock Around the Clock" is one of the most played songs in the universe.
Bill Haley and the Comets (Marshall Lytle, Dick Richards, Joey Ambrose and over 100 members through the years) who were once called the Saddlemen released the song as the B side of "Thirteen Women" later in 1954. The next year they had four songs in the top fifty. Popularity of the tune was helped when it was featured on the soundtrack of the movie "Blackboard Jungle" when "Rock Around the Clock" was re-released and hit the top of the chart.