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Fabulous Fifties

Sharing my love for the first decade of rock and roll!

Bill Haley and His Comets

Bill Haley and His Comets were one of the early pioneers of the new rock and roll genre of the 1950’s. The group was instrumental in combining elements of country swing, rhythm and blues, and rockabilly, and although they may not have been the first (some argue they were) to do so, their biggest hit, “Rock Around the Clock” was indeed the first rock and roll song to blow up the charts and be heard by millions of people.

The band’s other notable hits include a cover of Big Joe Turner’s, “Shake Rattle and Roll,” “See You Later Alligator,” “Crazy Man Crazy,” “Birth of the Boogie,” and “Dim Dim the Lights.”

“Rock Around the Clock” was re-released to more fanfare for the soundtrack to the movie “Blackboard Jungle.” Meanwhile the group performed on American Bandstand, as well as appeared in the movies, Rock Around the Clock and Don’t Knock the Rock.

Bill Haley himself was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Bill Haley and His Comets-Rock Around the Clock