Way back in the mid-50s a phenomenon had emerged and Rock and Roll was it's name. By 1952 an American late 40s country and western group from Chester, Pennsylvania - Bill Haley and His Saddlemen had morphed into the legendary Bill Haley and His Comets, and in 1954 the group recorded what was to be the defining song of the entire Rock and Roll era - "Rock Around The Clock". Although initially only a modestly successful recording (and actually released as a "B" side), it eventually went on to sell in excess of 25 million copies, and totally eclipsed the band's previous gold record "Shake Rattle and Roll". Over the period from 1954 to 1956, Bill Haley and His Comets placed nine singles into the Top Twenty, one of those notching up a Number One, and three more hitting the Top Ten.
A level of sophistication has come about in what we now know as "Rock" music, but the roots of the art, along with those who contributed to it's success, must never be overlooked.
This site is a look-up resource which (hopefully) showcases all those Christchurch (and Canterbury) Singers, Musicians and Groups who performed for and entertained the music and dance fans of a bygone era. The objective is to ignore nobody, and there is no endeavour to highlight the tall poppies - that has all been done before. This is simply an acknowledgement of those who participated in making the local rock era a totally unforgettable one.
If your name appears here, or if you recognise someone or something in the lists, PLEASE fill in and submit an information profile to ROCKHAPPENZ.com so that we can better represent those elements which were such an essential part of the fabric of the great era of Canterbury rock.
Cheers. John Campbell