James E. Myers

James E. Myers

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. James E. Myers (October 26, 1919 - May 9, 2001) was an American songwriter, actor, producer, and raconteur. Myers is best known as the credited co-writer of "Rock Around the Clock" for which he used the pseudonym "Jimmy DeKnight." Myers co-wrote the song with Max C. Freedman, though doubt has been cast as to whether Myers actually participated in the writing of the song. "Rock Around the Clock" was published in early 1953. Although Bill Haley & His Comets were supposed to be the first to record it, a dispute between Myers and Dave Miller, Haley's producer for Essex Records prevented Haley from doing so (though Haley later claimed he tried several times to record it at Essex). The first recording of the song was made by an Italian-American band, Sonny Dae & His Knights; Haley finally recorded it in 1954 for Decca Records and in 1955, the song became the first No. 1 record of the Rock and Roll era.show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 191g
  • Chromo Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136688727
  • 9786136688725