In this first week of July 2005 - NASA has made a "Deep Impact" on a comet. A great leap forward in science.
Exactly 50 years ago - in the first week of July 1955 - there was a "Deep Impact" here on Planet Earth. Involving "comets" of a different type...
That "Deep Impact" in July 1955 was the cultural explosion that took place when "Rock Around The Clock" became the first-ever rock 'n' roll song to top the charts. An impact that started the rock era and changed our world. The song was arranged and performed by Bill Haley & THE COMETS...
The five surviving members of the original lineup of The Comets - now in their 70's and 80's - are all big fans of space exploration. So to celebrate NASA's comet triumph and the 50th anniversary of the triumph of America's own Comets - this special music video has been created.
It features a live performance of the song in the summer of 1955 on "The Ed Sullivan Show" combined with a new specially-filmed live performance in the summer of 2005 by the five surviving original members of The Comets. Together with historic photos and imagery from the "Deep Impact" mission...
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1955 footage of Bill Haley & The Comets
2005 footage of The Comets
"Deep Impact" footage courtesy of NASA/JPL/UMD
Filmed & Edited by Steve Payne