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Bill Haley & His Comets – Greatest Hits (FULL ALBUM – BEST OF ROCK AND ROLL)



TRACKLIST
01- Rock Around The Clock 00:11
02- Crazy Man Crazy 02:28
03- Birth Of The Boogie 05:05
04- A:B:C: Boogie 07:19
05- Burn That Candle 09:46
06- Mambo Rock 12:31
07- Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie 15:08
08- R-O-C-K 17:26
09- Rip It Up 19:46
10- Happy Baby 22:13
11- See You Later, Alligator 25:00
12- Shake, Rattle And Roll 27:46
13- Rudy’s Rock 30:16
14- The Saints Rock ‘N Roll 32:58
15- Hot Dog Buddy Buddy 36:27
16- Rockin’ Through the Rye 38:56
17- Don’t knock the rock 41:07
18- Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) 43:35
19- Dim Dim the Lights 46:31
20- Bikini twist 49:07

Bill Haley & His Comets – GREATEST HITS (FULL ALBUM)
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William John Clifton “Bill” Haley (July 6, 1925 – February 9, 1981) was an American rock and roll musician. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and million-selling hits such as “Rock Around the Clock”, “See You Later, Alligator”, “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, “Rocket 88”, “Skinny Minnie”, and “Razzle Dazzle”. He has sold over 25 million records worldwide. During the Labor Day weekend in 1952, the Saddlemen were renamed Bill Haley with Haley’s Comets (inspired by the supposedly official pronunciation of Halley’s Comet, a name suggested by WPWA radio station program director, Bob Johnson, where Bill Haley had a live radio program from noon to 1 p.m.), and in 1953, Haley’s recording of “Crazy Man, Crazy” (co-written by him and his bass player, Marshall Lytle, although Lytle would not receive credit until 2001) became the first rock and roll song to hit the American charts, peaking at no.15 on Billboard and no.11 on Cash Box. Soon after, the band’s name was revised to Bill Haley & His Comets. In 1953, a song called “Rock Around the Clock” was recorded by Haley. Initially, it was relatively successful, peaking at no. 23 on the Billboard pop singles chart and staying on the charts for a few weeks. A month later it re-entered at number 1. Haley soon had another worldwide hit with “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, which went on to sell a million copies and was the first ever rock ‘n’ roll song to enter the British singles charts in December 1954, becoming a Gold Record. He retained elements of the original (which was slow blues), but sped it up with some country music aspects into the song (specifically, Western swing) and changed up the lyrics. Haley and his band were important in launching the music known as “Rock and Roll” to a wider audience after a period of it being considered an underground genre. When “Rock Around the Clock” appeared as the theme song of the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford, it soared to the top of the American Billboard chart for eight weeks. The single is commonly used as a convenient line of demarcation between the “rock era” and the music industry that preceded it. Billboard separated its statistical tabulations into 1890–1954 and 1955–present. After the record rose to number one, Haley was quickly given the title “Father of Rock and Roll” by the media, and by teenagers who had come to embrace the new style of music. With the song’s success, the age of rock music began overnight and ended the dominance of the jazz and pop standards performed by Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Perry Como, Bing Crosby and others. Nevertheless, in the United Kingdom Haley was supported by former Dankworth Seven lead vocalist Frank Holder among others. “Rock Around the Clock” was the first record ever to sell over one million copies in both Britain and Germany. Later on in 1957, Haley became the first major American rock singer to tour Europe. Haley continued to score hits throughout the 1950s such as “See You Later, Alligator” and he starred in the first rock and roll musical films Rock Around the Clock and Don’t Knock the Rock, both in 1956. Haley was already 30 years old and so he was soon eclipsed in the United States by the younger, sexier Elvis Presley, but continued to enjoy great popularity in Latin America, Europe and Australia during the 1960s.

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