Here my friend Dave Hammer calls out the name Danny Cedrone midway through Dave’s take on the song that kicked off Rock & Roll, Rock Around The Clock. July 9 will be the 60th anniversary of the wildly successful re-release of Rock Around The Clock. The re-release came after the song found an audience in the movie Blackboard Jungle.
Danny Cedrone previously worked as a session musician with Bill Haley and His Comets before he was called into a three-hour recording session on 12 April 1954. Late in the session, Haley and His Comets, with Cedrone on lead Gibson ES-300 guitar, knocked out the song that would change the American popular music landscape forever.
Cedrone’s memorable guitar solo was a retake of his lead in Rock the Joint recorded with Bill Haley back in 1952. Danny Cedrone died from a fall less than a month after he was paid just $21 to record one of the most memorable guitar solos in Rock & Roll history.