Bill Haley


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Haley, (William John) Bill

(1925–81) musician; born in Highland Park, Mich. A pioneering rock 'n' roll singer, he led country-and-western bands around Philadelphia between 1942–52, when he formed the rhythm and blues-styled Bill Haley & His Comets. In 1954, his recordings of "Rock Around the Clock" and "Shake, Rattle & Roll" were among the earliest rock 'n' roll hits. He had his last hit record in 1956, but continued to record and tour in rock 'n' roll revival shows until 1980.
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MEMORIES: The Club Fiesta back in its heyday, above, some of the glamorous staff, left, and Bill Haley, leader of The Comets, below, on stage at the venue ON THE BILL: Lew Robinson performing at Club Fiesta with his saxophone
America had Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly but the UK discovered it's own rock 'n' rollers.
Rock is far more than mere dissent; from its corrosive beginnings -- Elvis Presley's defiant sexuality and the subtly leering lyrics of Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley -- much of rock and roll has always been about subversion, overthrow, and revolutionary change rather than polite civil disagreement.
Bill Haley and the Comets, above, played in Newcastle; the Newcastle United squad, below right, enjoyed a |game of snooker; and it was a busy day on Newcastle's Grainger Street.
1955: Bill Haley and the Comets recorded See You Later, Alligator at Decca Recording Studios, New York.
1957: Bill Haley and His Comets arrived in London at the start of their British tour and received a wildly enthusiastic welcome.
1 singles from this week, with Jade Wright 1955 Bill Haley &His Comets - Rock Around The Clock THIS rock and roll classic was written by Max C.
QI have a copy of Bill Haley and his Comets' Rip it up and Teenager's Mother on a Brunswick 78, No 05615.
PERFORMERS: Bill Haley and The Comets on stage at Norton's Club Fiesta in April 1974 BACK IN THE DAY: Club Fiesta in Norton, below
But in 1957 it was rock'n'roller Bill Haley who caused pandemonium when he visited the city.
It's worth tuning in this evening just to witness Jay Haas trying to appease the angry mob with his rendition of Bill Haley And The Comets' 1954 recording Rock Around The Clock.
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