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1955: Bill Haley And His Comets went to No 1 in the
1955: Bill Haley And His Comets went to No 1 in the US pop charts with Rock Around The Clock.
Bill Haley And His Comets in New York City circa 1956
about two years ago I wrote in this column my fond memories of the appearance there of Bill Haley and his Comets in 1956 or 1957.
IN HIS splendid The Roots of Rock from Cardiff to Mississippi and Back (published by Seren at PS9.99), my literary friend Peter Finch recalls the time Bill Haley and his Comets came to Cardiff.
The opening number, Razzle Dazzle started - 'On your marks....' The audience erupted, screaming their heads off, dancing in the aisles and some even on their seats and that is all I ever heard of Bill Haley and his Comets live.
It was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights on March 20, 1954, but the best-known and most successful rendition was recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets in 1954, for the American Decca label.
QI have a copy of Bill Haley and his Comets' Rip it up and Teenager's Mother on a Brunswick 78, No 05615.
Featuring a cast of singers, dancers and musicians, Rock Around the Clock is a non-stop hit-parade of rock 'n' roll classics including music from Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and His Comets, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, The Platters and Jerry Lee Lewis.
I recall the Rainbow coffee bar in Shaftmoor Lane where we used to meet, with the jukebox playing Bill Haley and his Comets, Pat Boone, Frankie Lane, the Platters and many more.
QUIZ OF THE DAY: 1 The 1950s (1951); 2 Pekingese; 3 Tanzania; 4 Bill Haley and His Comets; 5 Tango; 6 Saki; 7 National Aeronautics and Space Administration; 8 Fifteen; 9 Hairspray; 10 The Mitford sisters.
Communications firm 3 Monkeys surveyed 2000 adults to find that the screams that greeted Bill Haley and His Comets' tour were the first of teenagers' 12 greatest moments.