Archives: Comets cause a bang in Kerrisdale

This day in history: June 27, 1956

An estimated 6,000 music fans, mostly teenagers, pack the normally sleepy Kerrisdale Arena to see Bill Haley and the Comets play hit songs such as “Rock Around The Clock,” "Rip It Up" and “Shake, Rattle and Roll” at the city’s first big rock ‘n’ roll concert.

The sold-out show was put on by disc jockey Jack Cullen and emceed by Red Robinson. Tickets were $3 and Vancouver band Les Vogt and the Prowlers opened. Vancouver Sun music critic Stanley Bligh described the concert the following day as “the ultimate in musical depravity.”

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