Bill Haley and His Comets

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Bill Haley & His Comets
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Bill Haley and His Comets in 1956. Left to right: Rudy Pompilli, Billy Williamson, Al Rex, Bill Haley, Johnny Grande, Ralph Jones, Franny Beecher
Background information
Also known as Bill Haley and the Saddlemen, the Kingsmen, the Lifeguards, B.H. Sees Combo

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, United States
Genres Rock and roll, country, rockabilly
Years active 1949–1952 as Saddlemen; 1952–1981 as Bill Haley & His Comets; 1981–present as the Comets, Bill Haley's Comets
Labels Decca, Brunswick (UK), Atlantic, Keystone, Cowboy, Holiday, Essex, Warner Bros., Orfeón, Dimsa, Newtown, Guest Star, Logo, APT, Gone, United Artists, Roulette, Sonet, Buddah, Antic, London (UK)
Associated acts The Jodimars
Members Joey Ambrose
Dick Richards
David Byrd
Jackson Haney
Al Rappa
Lenny Longo (separate groups called Bill Haley's Comets)
Past members Bill Haley (deceased)
Johnny Grande (deceased)
Billy Williamson (deceased)
Rudy Pompilli (deceased)
Al Rex
Franny Beecher (deceased)
Marshall Lytle (deceased)
Ralph Jones
Nick Nastos
John "Bam-Bam" Lane
Joey Welz
and more than 100 others

Bill Haley & His Comets were an American rock and roll band, founded in 1952 and continued until Haley's death in 1981. The band, also known as Bill Haley and the Comets and Bill Haley's Comets (and variations thereof), was the earliest group of white musicians to bring rock 'n' roll to the attention of 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.<ref>Bogdanov, Vladimir, Woodstra, Chris, and Erlewine, Stephen Tomas. (2003). All Music Guide to Country: The Definitive Guide to Country Music. Backbeat Books. page 315. Template:Catalog lookup linkScript error: No such module "check isxn"..</ref>

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 were a decade later.

Following Haley's death, no fewer than seven different groups have existed under the Comets name, all claiming (with varying degrees of authority) to be the continuation of Haley's group. As of the end of 2014, four such groups were still performing in the United States and internationally.



Rock With Bill Haley And The Comets (1954)

Rock With Bill Haley And The Comets
Rock With Bill Haley And The Comets
  1. Rock The Joint
  2. Rockin' Chair On The Moon
  3. Farewell, So Long, Goodbye
  4. Real Rock Drive
  5. Fractured
  6. Stop Beatin' Round The Mulberry Bush
  7. Crazy Man, Crazy
  8. Pat-A-Cake
  9. Live It Up
  10. What'cha Gonna Do
  11. I'll Be True
  12. Dance With A Dolly

Shake Rattle And Roll (1955)

Shake Rattle And Roll
Shake Rattle And Roll
  1. Shake, Rattle And Roll
  2. A.B.C. Boogie
  3. Dim, Dim The Lights
  4. Happy Baby
  5. (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
  6. Thirteen Women
  7. Mambo Rock
  8. Birth Of The Boogie

Rock 'N' Roll Stage Show (1956)

Rock 'N' Roll Stage Show
Rock 'N' Roll Stage Show
  1. Calling All Comets
  2. Rockin' Thru The Rye
  3. A Rockin' Little Tune
  4. Hide And Seek
  5. Hey Then, There Now
  6. Goofin' Around
  7. Hook, Line And Sinker
  8. Rudy's Rock
  9. Choo Choo Ch'boogie
  10. Blue Comet Blues
  11. Hot Dog Buddy Buddy
  12. Tonight's The Night

Rockin' The Oldies (1957)

Rockin' The Oldies
Rockin' The Oldies
  1. The Dipsy Doodle
  2. You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming
  3. Apple Blossom Time
  4. Moon Over Miami
  5. Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
  6. Carolina In The Morning
  7. Miss You
  8. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  9. Ain't Misbehavin'
  10. One Sweet Letter From You
  11. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
  12. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place

Rockin' The Joint (1958)

Rockin' The Joint
Rockin' The Joint
  1. Rock The Joint
  2. Move It On Over
  3. How Many?
  4. See You Later, Alligator
  5. The Beak Speaks
  6. Forty Cups Of Coffee
  7. The Saints' Rock And Roll
  8. Sway With Me
  9. It's A Sin
  10. Burn That Candle
  11. Rock Lomond
  12. Rip It Up

Bill Haley's Chicks (1959)

Bill Haley's Chicks
Bill Haley's Chicks
  1. Whoa Mabel!
  2. Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider
  3. Eloise
  4. Dinah
  5. Skinny Minnie
  6. Mary Mary Lou
  7. Sweet Sue Just You
  8. B.B. Betty
  9. Charmaine
  10. Corrine, Corrina
  11. Marie
  12. Lean Jean

Strictly Instrumental (1959)

Strictly Instrumental
Strictly Instrumental
  1. Joey's Song
  2. Music! Music! Music!
  3. Mack The Knife
  4. In A Little Spanish Town
  5. Two Shadows
  6. Shaky
  7. Strictly Instrumental
  8. Skokiaan
  9. Puerto Rican Peddler
  10. Drowsy Waters
  11. Chiquita Linda (Un Poquito de tu Amor)
  12. The Catwalk

Other Songs

The songs listed below should be split into albums. Please remove this section once this has been done. (more information)
  1. Bring It On Home To Me
  2. Candy Kisses
  3. Framed
  4. Green Door
  5. Hallelujah I Love Her So
  6. Hound Dog
  7. I Don't Hurt Anymore
  8. Jenny, Jenny
  9. La Tierra De Las Mil Danzas
  10. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  11. Let's Twist Again
  12. Limbo Rock
  13. Mary, Mary Lou
  14. Never On A Sunday
  15. New Orleans
  16. R-O-C-K
  17. Rock A Beatin' Boogie
  18. Rocket '88
  19. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
  20. Stagger Lee
  21. That's How I Got To Memphis
  22. The Saints Rock 'n' Roll
  23. There Goes My Everything
  24. Trouble In Mind


  1. Dim, Dim the Lights 1954
  2. Shake Rattle and Roll 1954
  3. Rock 'n' Roll 1955
  4. Rock and Roll 1955
  5. R-O-C-K 1956
  6. Rock 'n' Roll Stage Show (Part 2) 1956
  7. Rock 'n Roll Stage Show (Part I) 1956
  8. Rock Around the Clock 1956
  9. The Saints Rock 'n Roll 1956
  10. Let's Rock 1956
  11. Live It Up! Part 1 1956
  12. Live It Up! Part 3 1956
  13. Let's Rock Volume Two 1957
  14. Rock 'n' Roll 1957
  15. Rock 'n Roll Party 1957
  16. Rockin' and Rollin' 1957
  17. Rock! 1959
  18. Rockin' Around the World 1959
  19. Rockin' the "Oldies" 1959
  20. Blueberry Hill / Rock Around the Clock / Crazy Man, Crazy / Kansas City 1960
  21. Loco Rock'n Roll (Vol. II) 1961
  22. Rock Around The Clock and Five Others 1983
  23. Joey's Song
  24. Rock With Bill Haley and the Comets

Live Album

  1. Twistin' Knights at the Roundtable 1962
  2. Live 1968
  3. Live Explosive Rock'n Roll 1968
  4. Bill Haley Scrapbook 1970
  5. Live at the Bitter End 1970
  6. Live in Copenhagen 1970
  7. Live in London '74 1974 • Bill Haley and the Comets
  8. 20 Greatest Hits 1982
  9. We're Gonna Party 1993 • Bill Haley's Comets
  10. Razzle Dazzle

Appears On

  1. Jukebox Hits: Ola & the Janglers / Bill Haley & His Comets / Big Dee Irwin 1966 • EP • Various Artists
  2. Alan Freed's Rock 'n Roll Dance Party: Vol. 3 [live, archival] 1971 • Album • Various Artists
  3. Alan Freed's Rock 'n Roll Dance Party: Vol. 5 [live, archival] 1971 • Album • Various Artists
  4. Lemon Popsicle [motion picture soundtrack] 1978 • Album • Various Artists
  5. Rock and Roll: The Early Days 1984 • Video • Various Artists
  6. The History of Rock 'n' Roll 2004 • Video • Various Artists
  7. Buddy Holly and the Rock 'n' Roll Giants 2010 • Compilation • Buddy Holly
  8. Fabriclive.53 2010 • DJ Mix • Drop the Lime
  9. Rock & Roll Express • Compilation • Bill Haley / Little Richard
  10. Hot Bubblegum [motion picture soundtrack] 1991 • Album • Various Artists


Rock Around The Clock (1955)

Rock Around The Clock
Rock Around The Clock
  1. (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
  2. Shake, Rattle And Roll
  3. A.B.C. Boogie
  4. Thirteen Women
  5. Razzle-Dazzle
  6. Two Hound Dogs
  7. Dim, Dim The Lights
  8. Happy Baby
  9. Birth Of The Boogie
  10. Mambo Rock
  11. Burn That Candle
  12. Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie
  1. Biggest Hits 1968 • Bill Haley & The Comets
  2. Greatest Hits 1969
  3. From the Original Master Tapes 1985
  4. 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets 1999

V/A Compilation

  1. Dick Clark: 20 Years of Rock n' Roll 1973
  2. American Graffiti [motion picture soundtrack] 1973
  3. Songs We Taught The Fuzztones 1993
  4. John Waters' Pink Flamingos [motion picture soundtrack] 1997
  5. Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of '50s Rock 1999

Grammy Hall of Fame

"Rock Around the Clock" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance."