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Label: Sonet - SNTF 645 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Rock & Roll
From late to latethe group placed nine singles in the Top 20, one of those a number one and three more in the Top Ten. The single Rock Around the Clock became the biggest selling rock n roll single in the history of the genre. Bandleader Bill Haley had previously been a country music performer; after recording a country and western-styled version of Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats " Vigilant Minds - Current Value - Biocellulose (File, Album) 88 ", a rhythm and blues song, he changed musical direction to a new sound which came to be called rock and roll.
Although several members of the Comets became famous, Bill Haley remained the star. With his spit curl and the band's matching plaid dinner jackets and energetic stage behavior, many fans consider them to be as revolutionary in their time as the Beatles were a decade later. Following Haley's death, no fewer than seven different groups have existed under the Comets name, all claiming with varying degrees of authority to be the continuation of Haley's group. As of the end offour such groups were still performing in the United States and internationally.
The group that later became the Comets initially formed as "Bill Haley and the Saddlemen" c. During those years Haley was considered one of the top cowboy yodelers in America.
Many Saddlemen recordings were not released until the s and s, and highlights included romantic ballads such as Blue Suede Shoes - Bill Haley & Comets* - Just Rock & Roll Music of My Heart" and western swing tunes such as "Yodel Your Blues Away.
During the group's early years, it recorded under several other names, including Johnny Clifton and His String Band and Reno Browne and Her Buckaroos although Browne, a female matinee idol of the time, did not actually appear on the record. Haley began his rock and roll career with what is now recognized as a rockabilly style in a cover of " Rocket 88 " recorded for the Philadelphia -based Holiday Records label in It sold well and was followed in by a cover of a s rhythm and blues song called " Rock the Joint " this time for Holiday's sister company, Essex Records.
It soon became apparent that a new name was needed to fit the new musical style. A friend of Haley's, making note of the common alternative pronunciation of the name Halley's Comet to rhyme with Bailey, suggested that Haley call his band the Comets.
The new name was adopted in the fall of Grande usually played piano on records but switched to accordion for live shows as it was more portable than a piano and easier to deal with during musical numbers that involved a lot of dancing around. Soon after renaming the band Haley hired his first drummer, Earl Famous. Soon after, Haley asked Richards again, who then accepted the role. During this time and as late as the fall ofHaley did not have a permanent lead guitar player, choosing to use session musicians on records and either Blue Suede Shoes - Bill Haley & Comets* - Just Rock & Roll Music lead guitar himself or having Williamson play steel solos.
InHaley scored his first national success with an original song called " Crazy Man, Crazy ," a phrase Haley said he heard from his teenage audience, again released on Essex. Haley later claimed the recording sold a million copies, but this is considered an exaggeration.
In the spring ofHaley and His Comets left Essex for New York-based Decca Recordswhere they were placed under the auspices of veteran producer Milt Gablerwho would produce all of the band's recordings for the label and who had been involved in creating many proto-rock and roll recordings by the likes of the Andrews Sisters and Louis Jordan dating back to the s.
Their first session, on April 12,yielded " Rock Around the Clock ," which would become Haley's biggest hit and one of the most important records in rock and roll history.
Sales of "Rock Around the Clock" started slowly, since it was the B-side of the single, but it performed well enough that a second Decca session was commissioned. The single was one of Decca's best-selling records of  and the seventh-best-selling record in November, Haley's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" never achieved the same level of Blue Suede Shoes - Bill Haley & Comets* - Just Rock & Roll Music importance as "Rock Around the Clock" but it predated it as the first international rock and roll hit.
It did not attain the Number 1 position on the American charts, but it became Haley's first gold record. Elvis Presley recorded the song incombining Haley's arrangement with Turner's original lyrics, but his version was not a substantial hit. Johnnie Ray had reached Number 1 with " Cry " in The belated success of "Rock Around the Clock" is attributed to its use in the soundtrack of the film Blackboard Jungle which was released on March 19, The song was re-released to coincide with the film and shifted to the single's A-side; it rose to the top of the American musical charts that summer and stayed there for eight weeks, the first rock and roll record to do so.
Ambrose's acrobatic saxophone playing, along with Lytle on the double bass — literally on it, riding it like a pony, and holding it over his head — were highlights of the band's live performances during this time.
Their music and their act were part of a tradition in jazz and rhythm and bluesBlue Suede Shoes - Bill Haley & Comets* - Just Rock & Roll Music it all came Warlock - True As Steel a thunderclap to most of their audience. This was the earliest known theatrical rock and roll film release. In Sube Conmigo, Amor Americano - Víctor Heredia - Víctor Heredia Canta Pablo Neruda, Lytle, Richards and Ambrose quit the Comets in a salary dispute and formed their own group, the Jodimars.
Haley hired several new musicians to take their place: Rudy Pompilli on sax, Al Rex a former member of the Saddlemen on double bass, and Ralph Jones on drums. In addition, lead guitarist Franny Beecherwho had been a session musician for Haley since Danny Cedrone 's death in the spring ofbecame a full-time Comet and Haley's first performing lead guitarist Cedrone had played the guitar solo on the original recording of "Rock Around the Clock" and died shortly after the recording session for "Shake, Rattle and Roll" in the summer of This version of the band became more popular than the earlier manifestation and appeared in several motion pictures over the next few years.
Berle predicted that the song would go to Number 1, calling the band "A group of entertainers who Μη Μου Ζαλίζης Το Μυαλό - Μανώλης Χιώτης, Μαίρη Λίντα - Μεγάλες Επιτυχίες Του ΧιώτηΑριθ. 2 going right to the top. This was one Sweet About Me - Various - 100% Hits: 20th Anniversary Collection the earliest nationally televised performances by a rock and roll band and provided the new musical genre a much wider audience.
The Platters were co-stars in the first movie, and Little Richard appeared in the second. The band's popularity in the United States began to wane in —57 as sexier, wilder acts such as Elvis PresleyJerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard began to dominate the record charts although Haley's cover version of Little Richard's " Rip It Up ", released in direct competition with Little Richard's original recording, outsold the original.
After "Skinny Minnie" hit the charts inHaley had little further success in the United States, although a spin-off group made up of Comets musicians dubbed The Kingsmen no relation to the later group of " Louie, Louie " fame had a hit with an instrumental, "Weekend", that same year. Overseas, however, Haley and his band continued to be popular, touring the United Kingdom in Februarywhen Haley and his crew were mobbed by thousands of fans at Waterloo station in London at an incident which the media dubbed the "Second Battle of Waterloo ".
The group also toured Australia inand in enjoyed a successful if riot-dominated tour of the European mainland. Elvis, who was on military duty in Germany, visited them backstage at some shows. Back in the U. Members of the Comets were commissioned to work as session musicians on many of these recordings, many of which were Blue Suede Shoes - Bill Haley & Comets* - Just Rock & Roll Music or co-written by Haley and members of the Comets.
The Clymax experiment only lasted about a year. InHaley's relationship with Decca collapsed; after a final set of instrumental-only recordings in the fall, Haley announced he was leaving Decca for the new Warner Bros. Records label, which released two more albums inwhich were moderately successful.
Beecher later returned briefly to play with the Comets, when his record label failed to take off, sharing guitar duties with Kay. Kay left the band in but returned in the early s for an aborted world tour. They hosted a television series, Orfeon a Go-Goand made cameo appearances in several movies, lip-synching some of their old hits. Haley, who was fluent in Spanish, recorded a number of songs in the language, but most of Shizophren - Various - Evilmama Rise! band's output during these years was instrumental recordings, many utilizing local session musicians playing trumpet.
There was also some experimentation with Haley's style during this time; one single for Orfeon was a folk ballad, "Jimmy Martinez", which Haley recorded without the Comets. Inthe Comets without Bill Haley cut an album for Orfeon as session musicians for Big Joe Turner, who had always been an idol to Haley; no joint performance of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" was recorded, however. In a interview with BBC RadioHaley said Turner's career was in a slump at this time, so he used his then-considerable influence with Orfeon to get Turner a recording session.
Byas related by Haley in an interview with radio host Red Robinson in that year, the group was "a free agent" without any recording contracts at all, although the band continued to perform regularly in North America and Europe.
During this year, Haley—without the Comets—recorded a pair of demos in Phoenix, Arizona : a country-western song, " Jealous Heart ", on which he was backed by a local mariachi band similar in style to the earlier "Jimmy Martinez"and a lates-style rocker, "Rock on Baby", backed by a group called Superfine Dandelion.
Neither recording would be released for 30 years. In order to revive his recording career, Haley turned to Europe. By the late s, Haley and the Comets were considered an "oldies" The Marvelettes - Dont Mess With Bill / Anything You Wanna Do. The band's popularity never waned in Europe.
The group signed a lucrative deal with Sonet Records of Sweden in and recorded in a new version of "Rock Around the Clock", which hit the European charts that year. The band recorded a mixture of live and studio albums for the label over the next decade. In the United States inpromoter Richard Nader launched a series of rock and roll revival concert tours featuring artists of the s and s.
At one of the first of these shows, held at the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Haley received an eight-and-a-half-minute standing ovation following his Do The Conga - James Last - Leave The Best To Last, as Nader related in his recorded introduction to Haley's live album Bill Haley Scrapbookwhich was recorded a few weeks later at the Bitter End club in New York.
The band appeared in several concert films in the early s, including The London Rock and Roll Show for which Haley's —66 lead guitarist, John Kay, briefly rejoined the band —he's the one with the eye patch and Let the Good Times Roll. Aftertax and management problems prevented Haley from performing in the United States, so he performed in Europe almost exclusively, though he also toured South America in The band was also kept busy in the studio, recording numerous albums for Sonet and other labels in the s, several with a country music flavor.
InHaley's original Decca recording of "Rock Around the Clock" hit the American sales charts once again, thanks to its use in the film American Graffiti and the television program Happy Days. In FebruaryHaley's saxophone player and best friend, Rudy Pompillidied of cancer after a nearly year career with the Comets.
Haley continued to tour for the next year with a succession of new sax players, but his popularity was waning again, and his performance in London was critically lambasted in the music media, such as Melody Maker.
In earlyHaley announced his retirement from performing and settled down at his home in Mexico. According to the John Swenson biography of Haley, the musician was quoted as saying that he and Pompilli had an agreement that if one died, the other would retire.
InHaley was persuaded to return to performing with the offer of a lucrative contract to tour Europe. An almost completely new group of musicians, mostly British, including saxophonist Pete Thomaswere assembled to perform as the Comets. Haley appeared on numerous television shows and in the movie Blue Suede Shoesfilmed at one of his London concerts in March A few days later, a performance in Birmingham was videotaped and aired on UK television; it was released on DVD in It was also the last time he performed in Europe and the last time most fans saw him perform "Rock Around the Clock".
InBill Haley and His Comets toured South Africabut Haley's health was failing, and it was reported that he had a brain tumor. The tour was critically lambasted, but surviving recordings of a performance in Johannesburg show Haley in good spirits and good voice. Nonetheless, according to the Haley News fan club newsletter and the Haley biography Sound and Gloryplanned concerts such Cosmic Church - Tähtisumun Kuilu a fall tour of Germany and proposed recording sessions in New York and Memphis were cancelled, including a potential reunion with past members of the Comets.
Haley returned to Cambays Water - Θάνος Μικρούτσικος*, Νίκος Καββαδίας - Ο Σταυρός Του Νότου home in Self Control - Various - Golden Stars - The Best Of Popmusic - Die Geburtstags-Ausgabe, Texaswhere he died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on February 9,at the age of At that time, supporting bands were not also named to the Hall of Fame.
This policy was subsequently changed, and in a special committee of the Hall of Fame inducted the Comets. The Comets placed their handprints in cement; a space was left blank for Haley. Only one group was sent out to perform by Haley himself and his management and production company, consisting of musicians who had played with Haley throughout the s and s—lead guitarist "Nick Masters" Mathias Nicholas Nastosbassist Ray Cawley, singer Ray "Pudge" Parsons, and drummer Buddy Dee—and who had continued to perform as the Comets between gigs and during Haley's retirement.
The Cometsfeaturing musicians who performed with Haley in —, reunited in and are still touring the world as ofplaying showrooms in the United States and Europe.
They have also recorded a half-dozen albums for small labels in Europe and the United States. British singer Jacko Buddin augmented the group on vocals during most of their European tours, with Lytle taking over on vocals for US and Canadian tours beginning in and full-time in Europe in the mids. Since they connected with Klaus Kettner's Rock It Concerts Germany inthey have played hundreds of shows all over Europe and have appeared on dozens of television shows.
Two additional groups claim the name Bill Haley's Comets and have extensively toured in the United States since forming in the s: one originally led by Haley's —68 drummer John "Bam-Bam" Lane, the other run by Al Rappa, who played bass for Haley off and on between late and early Una Madrugada (Guajira) - La Sonora Matancera - Cantantes de la Matancera had used Rappa as a fill-in player on live gigs for several years prior to that.
Both these musicians claim trademark ownership of the name "Bill Pleniluni - Manuel Camp - Escandols Comets"; this dates back to Lane and Rappa during a period when they worked together as one band winning a trademark infringement lawsuit against the aforementioned Joey Rand group in Both Rappa's and Lane's bands have, from time to time, recruited other former Comets for their lineups for example, inRappa joined forces with Joey Welzbut for the most part the bandleaders are the only regular members who Blue Suede Shoes - Bill Haley & Comets* - Just Rock & Roll Music worked with Bill Haley directly.
Lane died inbut his group continues to perform, led by bandleader Lenny Longo, who has no direct connection with Bill Haley.
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