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On This Day

Norway
Friday, 21 August 2009 (12/2009)

Commemorative Issue: Norwegian popular music - Norwegian Rock Pioneers

Per Roald StensbyRocke-Pelle
Jan Rohde

August 21th marks the start of a new series of stamps. The theme is Norwegian popular music and the first stamps in the series celebrate the four artists who played a central role when rock and roll came to Norway at the end of the 1950s.

It is easy to establish the date and place of the start of Norwegian rock history. On 20 September 1956, "Rock around the Clock" with Bill Haley and his Comets had its premiere at Sentrum cinema in Oslo. After the 7 o'clock showing, frenzied fans spilled out on to the street. The riots that broke out were met by mounted police and water hoses. "Rock around the Clock" was a pretty mediocre film, but it presented a new form of music. Young people wanted it and all over the world rock'n roll helped to form a whole new generation. Their guiding stars were Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Tommy Steel, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, and later on The Beatles.

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