Teach You To Rock

Album: Rockin' with the Rockets (1956)
Charted: 25
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Songfacts®:

  • Tony Crombie was an English jazz drummer, pianist and bandleader who made his first recording in 1949 and played with Duke Ellington, Ronnie Scott and other jazz names. He formed his band The Rockets in 1956 to cash in on the rock 'n' roll craze that was sweeping the UK. Crombie's outfit also included future Shadows bassist Jet Harris and were modeled after Bill Haley's Comets.
  • Crombie and his Rockets released several singles. They included "Teach You to Rock," which was the first ever rock 'n' roll hit recorded by a UK act.
  • Cronbie admitted the Rockets were a bunch of jazzmen seeking to make a quick buck on this new bandwagon. "I've been a martyr long enough," he said. "Now I want to eat."

    By 1958 the Rockets had returned to jazz music and were recording under the moniker of Tony Crombie and His Men.

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