Bill Haley& The Comets

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Classic oldies Music Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and Bandleader. He is credited by many with first popularizing Rock and Roll music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and his million selling hits such as “Rock Around the Clock,” “See You Later, Alligator,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Rocket 88,” “Skinny Minnie,” and “Razzle Dazzle.”After a minor sucess with Crazy Man Crazy in 1952 Haley and the Comets signed with Decca in 1954. They first released ” Rock Around The Clock” a song originally cut two years earlier by” Sunny Dae”. who scored only a minor hit with it.The group followed with with a remake of Joe Turner’s Shake Rattle and Roll.which hit the top ten in both the United States and Britain. Rock around the clock hit the top of the charts in 1955.It was the sound track of the movie “BlackBoard Jungle”. A movie that captured the spirit of teenage rebellion embodied by rock during the mid-1950s.Haley continued to churn out hits. During the 1955 and 1956 he scored with twelve Top 40 records.including”See You Later Alligator” ” Burn That Candle” ” Dim Dim The Lights” “Razzle Dazzle” and “Rock”In 1957 he appeared in two movies ” Rock Around The Clock’and’ Don’t Knock The Rock” which featured his music. Bill Haley and the Comets. Bill Haley was born in Michigan.Bill Haley in 1949 formed a band.The Four Aces of Western Swing, for a radio show on station WPWA in Chester Pennsylvania.As the Ramblin Yodeler he recorded country music with the Four Aces and subsequently with the Down Homers and the Saddlemen.His Mother was a piano teacher his Fater was a mandolin player. That was where the country infulence came from. in 1950,Haley released a cover version of Jackie Brenston’s” Rocket 88″. which convinced him to combine country swing music with the R&B boogie woogie jump beat of” Louis Jordan”.Haley had songs that had the drive of Jordon’s Tympany Five and the color of country western. Rockabilly was what it was called back then.He started out as a country western singer then added a touch of rhytm and blues.It wasn’t something Haley planned it just evolved.

Jul. 6, 1925 Highland Park Wayne County Michigan, USA Death: Feb. 9, 1981 Harlingen Cameron County Texas, USA He and his band were important in launching Rock and Roll to a wider, mostly white audience after a period of it being considered an underground genre. Born William John Clifton Haley into a musical family, his father played the banjo and mandolin and his mother was an accomplished pianist When he was seven years old his father moved the family to Boothwyn, Pennsylvania. He learned to play the guitar and obtained his first professional job at the age of 13, playing and entertaining at an auction for the fee of $1 a night. Shortly afterwards, he formed a group of equally enthusiastic youngsters and managed to get quite a few local bookings for his band. He left home at the age of 15, he struggled to find employment, usually working at open-air park shows, singing and yodeling with any band that would have him, and even worked with a traveling medicine show. He eventually got a job with a popular group known as the “Down Homers” while they were in Hartford, Connecticut. He then got a job working as a musical director of Radio Station WPWA in Chester, Pennsylvania, and led his own band all through this period, known as Bill Haley’s Sadlemen. They played in clubs as well as over the radio around Philadelphia, and in June 1951 made their first recording with Ed Wilson’s Keystone Records in Philadelphia, a song called “Rocket 88.” Many Rock historians regard this song, with its fusion of African-American R&B and Haley’s country swing, as the very first “Rock and Roll” recording. During the Labor Day weekend in 1952, the Sadlemen were renamed Bill Haley with Haley’s Comets and in 1953, his recording of “Crazy Man, Crazy” became the first rock and roll song to hit the American charts, peaking at Number 15 on Billboard and Number 11 on Cash Box. Soon after, the band’s name was revised to Bill Haley & His Comets. In 1953 a song called “Rock Around the Clock” was written for Haley but he was unable to record it until April 1954