Bill Haley and His Comets 'rock around the clock' in Strasbourg, France, 1958
When Bill Haley and His Comets toured Europe in late 1958, Rock and Roll was still a novelty to their audiences on the continent.
"The civil governor has canceled all exhibitions of American singer Bill Haley after the tumultuous premiere of the "king of rock 'n' roll" in Barcelona, Spain, the Associated Press reported. "More than 3,000 persons, most of them teen-age boys and girls, gathered at the sports palace for Haley's premiere. During the performance hundreds of spectators danced and cried to Haley's tunes. Chairs and other furniture were destroyed."
A UPI story about Duke Ellington opening a tour of Germany said the jazz great and his 15-man band "received enthusiastic applause, but there was none of the rioting which marred a recent tour of rock 'n' roll star Bill Haley."
It may have all been in the eye of the beholder, or it may be that the European music scene was about to be lifted out of its lethargy. But a series of photos of a show by Haley and his band at Strasbourg, France, in November, 1958 shows only that the kids were having a great time.
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