Connecticut may be super boring most of the time, but deep down, underneath the classy but non-exciting New England charm, we’re just a whole bunch of rockers. Or at least, that’s what history tells us.
Last Friday, The New York Times sent out it’s “Friday Briefing,” and the paper decided to include a little nod to Connecticut’s Rock ‘n’ Roll history.
According to the briefing, on August 7 in 1955, Stratford, Connecticut played host to Ed Sullivan’s nationally broadcasted Toast of the Town concert, which featured Rock ‘n’ Roll band Bill Haley and his Comets. They played their hit song, “Rock Around the Clock,” that night, marking the first time in history that a Rock ‘n’ Roll was broadcast on television to the entire country.
The song became a hit, rising to No. 1 on the pop charts, according to the briefing. And, of course as we all know, Rock ‘n’ Roll was on the rise too.
And, of course, the credit for Rock ‘n’ Roll’s success goes mostly to the artists that tirelessly work day in and day out to craft melodies and lyrics that connect with all of us. But, of course, we all know those hacks wouldn’t be anywhere without that random concert in Stratford 60 years ago. So you’re welcome, Music. You’d be nowhere without us!