I was sitting at the kitchen table trying to write this tune. The first lyric was easy, 'Rock, rock, rock everybody!' Then I wrote 'Stomp, stomp, stomp everybody!' But it didn't fit. I then wrote in, 'Rock, roll, roll everybody!' It sounded better, I liked the two R's sound of rock and roll. The rest is history!
-- Bill Haley, 1955, on how he wrote his great hit song, Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie
We steer completely clear of anything suggestive. We take a lot of care with lyrics because we don't want to offend anybody. The music is the main thing and it's just as easy to write acceptable words.
-- Bill Haley, 1954