Bill Haley And The Comets
Bill Haley & His Comets
was an American rock and roll band that was founded in 1952 and continued until Haley's death in 1981. The band, also known by the names Bill Haley and The Comets and Bill Haley's Comets (and variations thereof), was the earliest group of white musicians to bring rock and roll to the attention of white America and the rest of the world. From late 1954 to late 1956, the group placed nine singles in the Top 20, one of those a number one and three more in the Top Ten. Bandleader Bill Haley had previously been a country music performer; after recording a country and western-styled version of "Rocket 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 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 

In 1987 on Peeling Back The Years, John Walters asked Peel the following: [1]

  • 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.


Other Shows Played

Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie Bill Haley

Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie Bill Haley

'Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie', a Peelenium 1955

  • 25 June 1985: Real Rock Drive (LP - Rock The Joint!) Roller Coaster
  • 05 April 2000: Crazy Man Crazy () Constanze (JP: 'Crucial figure, but now rather overlooked'.)

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