Bill Haley was thinking of another new name for his band. He proposed Bill Haley and The Bill Haley's Comets! Quickly forgotten to keep "Bill Haley" / "Bill Haley and The Comets".***Bill Haley "Live": at The Bitter End, Greenwich Village, 149 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, December 16, 1969 on Buddah records/Kama Sutra KSBS 2014, March 1970 (Bill Haley Scrapbook-German LP).***Executive Producer Richard Nader, in association with Lewis Merenstein.***This LP was released in France ten years later on Vogue/Mode 509061 late in1980.***(C) 1980 Vogue P.I.P.***The other one released in Germany on EUROPA 111 548.0 (budget label licensed by SONET, Sweden) is practically unkown.***Two tracks are live ones: RATC and Razzle-Dazzle: where from? (South Africa or overdubbed with public audience???).***This album also includes 4 instrumental tracks composed by John (?) Sprangers.***The German guests group The Air Mail (earlier a pseudonym for the garage hangover band (The) German Bonds (Star-Club & Polydor) comprised unknown studio musicians in 1978 and 1980 (without Bill Haley playing).***A-side: 1980 recordings; B-side: 1978 recordings.***LP released in Germany in 1980.***It is true John Lawton along with Tony Cavanna (Toni Cavanaugh/Lee Patterson) were members of The Air Mail in 1971 and 1972.***Special thanks to Ralph, John Lawton's MySpace webmaster and Klaus Kettner owner of Hydra Recs, Germany.***In order, back side and front side of the German LP.
"BILL HALEY ON STAGE", Stockholm, Sweden, 24th June 1968 ("with invited audience". Do you know who they were? If not, the mafia!!!), pickwick/HALLMARK records SHM 773, UK, September 1972.[originally Sonet (UK) SNT 302, 03/1970 (Bill Haley And The Comets In Sweden: Rock Around The Clock) then Sonet (Sweden) GDP 9989, 11/1971 (Bill Haley On Stage).***Recorded live at Hammersmith Palais, UK, March 25, 1974, WEA filipacchi music/ATLANTIC 40555, France, June/July 1974.[originally ATLANTIC/Antic K51501, UK, June 1974].***Feat. i.a. Freddy Moore on drums.***Also played in Belgium next 14th May at the Conservatory in Liège including Beecher's Boogie Woogie, I was there!).
April 1956: live in the studio "one...two" : "count-in" by drummer Billy Gussak, one two three o'clock...: Rock 'n Roll Stage Show on the MCA CD MCD 30490, France, 1993.***Spring 1956: Rock And Roll Dance Party on the Magnum Music Group CD CDMF 075, 30/10/1991.***August 1972: the LONDON Rock & Roll Show at Wembley Stadium on the Delta Music/LaserLight CD 32 538, Germany, 2005 (first issued on the Magnum Music CD CDMF 105, 2000).***Other live version on CD: Olympia, Paris, France, 14 & 15 October 1958 on Chris Evans' Big Beat Records Vive la Rock n' Roll, France, 2002...
Bill Haley: 1979 Malaysian compilation (rewritten and completed) + Cappy Bianco (10/12/1927-25/12/2001)
This LP compilation released in late 1979 is still completely unknown of origin. I remember when I bought it, in early January 1980, that the record dealer told me it was coming from Malaysia.***One word about Cappy Bianco alias Frenchman Joe Olivier born 10 Dec. 1927 in Maastricht, Holland/d. 2001/12/25 in Marcy, NY: he was translator-interpreter and the 2nd guitarist too on Haley's Me Rock A Hula; Rockin' Rita; Jamaica, D.J.; Piccadilly Rock; Pretty Alouette (Be My Only One); Rockin' Rollin' Schnitzlebank; Rockin' Matilda; Vive La Rock And Roll; It's A Sin; Mary, Mary Lou; El Rocko; Come Rock With Me; Oriental Rock and Wooden Shoe Rock [DECCA Sessions between Nov.8 and 21, 1957.]***This single The Cat (comprising a few words in French![Paris à cinq heures moins le quart du matin]) / La Donna Riccia was three times released on three different labels: Casa Blanca 5501, Philadelphia, 1959 (label shot with kind courtesy of Terry Gordon (Rocking Country Style); ABC-Paramount 45-10044 (09/59) & DR Records 16, 1959? (originally Drexel, West Chester/Drexel Hill, Pa.), a Philadelphian tiny label.
In 1962, Bill Haley was touring the US Army (Armed Forces in Germany) and promoted his concerts at the AFN studio (Armed Forces Radio) in August and September of that year.***Here are a few songs played by him and his band The Comets: Feelin' Happy: from Big Joe Turner, 1950; Wolverton Mountain: from Claude King, 07/1962; Ja-Da: from the New Orleans Jazz Band's Ja-Da (Intro. You'll Find Old Dixieland in France), Okeh 1155-B, late 1918; Hallelujah I Love Her So: from Ray Charles, 1955 re-released in 1962; The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise: from Isham Jones, 03/1923 instrumental, revived by Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1951.
All these acetate tracks were unissued at the time of their recordings: Rose of My Heart; Cherry Tree Lane: adapted by Bill Haley and based on the book "Mary Poppins In Cherry Tree Lane" published in 1934; Cute Little Brown-Eyed Girl; A Sweet Bunch of Roses; Yodel Your Blues Away; Candy and Women; Behind the Eight Ball; Ages and Ages Ago: from Gene Autry, CBS/COLUMBIA 20114 & 37322,1948; Honestly; I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair: from Jimmie Davis, Capitol, 1942; Whispering; I Love You So Much It Hurts: from Floyd Tillman (Ryan, deceased on 22/08/2003), CBS/COLUMBIA, 1948; Little Rock, Arkansas; A Bundle of Kisses; Are You Teasing Me?, first recorded by Carl Smith and The Tunesmiths, COLUMBIA, 1952, US Country Charts #1; I Want You; Gotta Have My Baby Back: from Floyd Tillman's I ('ve) gotta..., COLUMBIA, 1946, US Country Charts #6 and Jimmy Wakely, Capitol, 1948; Take Me in Your Arms: from Eddy Arnold's Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me, RCA0150, 1949 [15/05/1918-8/05/2008]; Teardrops from My Eyes.***A few songs are already listed in another article.***The Down Homers (comprising Bill Haley on lead vocals) on January 27, 1946 at a WOWO [Fort Wayne, Indiana] radio show sung She Taught Me How To Yodel: from Elton Britt, RCA/Bluebird, 1941 [recorded in 1962 by British singer Frank Ifield with Norrie Paramor AHC, EMI/Columbia 45-DB 4913]).***The yodel is a kind of sung voice especially in Switzerland and Austria.***Proper records 4-CD box set notes: "Franny" Beecher (of Bill Haley's Comets) has confirmed that 'The Jumping Jaguars' was a side-project for him, and the lead singer on "Knock-Kneed Nellie From Knoxville" [btw, Hancock's "K-KN" is not a cover song] and "Shut The Door Baby" (Decca 9-29938, rel. 18/06/1956 [both splendid r'n'r songs!) would have actually been Billy Williamson. Both songs were recorded between "Rockin' Through The Rye" and "Calling All Comets" sessions (on April 24, 1956)."***In my opinion: The Jumping Jaguars' musicians were: Jack Hammer (lead vcls & drums on both sides; Francis "Franny" Beecher (gtr); Mame Watts (pno); chorus (probably Franny Beecher, Billy Williamson...), NO BASS [bass line played on piano]; tenor sax is still unknown.***Also issued by Decca/OMEGA 9.61.062, Belgium, 1956.***Tidbit time: Jack Hammer (aka Earl S. Burroughs recorded lotsa songs in Belgium for Ronnex Records i.a "Come Twist Around The Clock"!!!) owned and directed by Albert Van Hooghten (in Antwerp) alias "A. Vano".***His brother, René (aka Ray Maxwell), launched the Belgian and US Moonglow labels (5000 serie) and the US Palette (PZ) in the late 50s.***At the time of Van Hooghten decease, Ronnex was bought out by EMI Belgium.***Other Proper records notes about The Jumping Jaguars: ...Franny Beecher (lead gtr). Question: who played the rhythm gtr seeing theres no lead gtr without it !? (Billy Williamson?)...Of course, not.