The Beatles or The Rolling Stones were a decade later. Following Haley's death, no fewer than six different groups have existed under the Comets name, all claiming (with varying degrees of authority) to be the official continuation of Haley's group. As of early 2008, three such groups were still performing in the United States and internationally.
Links To Peel
- John Walters: But then, at some stage, that kind of St Paul on the Damascus road bit must have come when you thought suddenly, “Yikes, I’m buying this because of the noise it makes.” There must have been a record where you suddenly heard that and you thought, “I’m going to pursue that. I’ve got to go out and buy that because of what it sounds like, not because of what it looks like or what the number is.”
- John Peel: Well, I suppose, and again, you get the timescales mixed up here. That was probably Bill Haley, I think. I mean, I was deliberately buying Bill Haley records. Bill Haley was the first person, you know, where I would go into the record shop and say, “Is there a new Bill Haley record?” – and buy it, no matter what.
Peel often would play Bill Haley And His Comets records on his show and he chose their 'Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie' track as his Peelenium 1955.
- Peelenium 1955: Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie
Other Shows Played
- 06 September 1978: Rock Around The Clock (unknown release)
- 16 February 1981: Real Rock Drive
- 24 July 1982: Rock-A-Beating Boogie
- 25 June 1985: Real Rock Drive (LP - Rock The Joint!) Roller Coaster
- 15 December 1987: Rock This Joint Tonight
- 11 January 1988: Birth Of The Boogie (LP - Rock Around The Clock) Decca
- 16 March 1991: Ten Little Indians
- 15 January 1993: 'Real Rock Drive' (LP 'Rock The Joint') Marble Arch
- 29 September 1999: Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie (Peelenium 1955)
- 05 April 2000: Crazy Man Crazy () Constanze (JP: 'Crucial figure, but now rather overlooked'.)
- 23 August 2001 (Radio Eins): Rock The Joint
- 02 May 2002 (Radio Mafia): Real Rock Drive (London)
- 26 June 2002: Live It Up (Ronnex)
- 12 November 2002: Hot Dog Buddy Buddy (78) (Brunswick)
- 16 September 2003: 'Teenagers Mother (78)' (Brunswick)
- Peeling Back The Years: Shake, Rattle And Roll
- Beam Me Up, Scotty: 'Rocking Chair on the Moon (10"-Live It Up!)' (London)
- Keeping It Peel: 'Rocket 88' (78) - (Essex)
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