18/06/2006

Bill Haley - 25 years earlier (02/1981) : back in the twentieth century - was still rocking as he did 30 years earlier (07/1951)...The definitive Belgian tribute...

Once there was a long time ago (winter of 1949 : accelerated rhythms mainly of polka, jive, hillbilly, Western swing, songs of his teen youth, tex-mex, classical music (Brahms, Rossini), Celtic music and dixieland as "COW-BOY-JIVE" or "Hillbilly-Jive")...One of the strongest influences in rock'n'roll music has been Bill Haley and His Comets. It was Bill Haley and the driving beat of his group that brought national prominence to the "Big Beat". It was Haley's music and his famed recordings that set the pattern for all rock'n'roll bands to follow.***Bill Haley started it all. His million-seller, "Shake, Rattle And Roll" hitted the world of Popular Music in the 50's, and he followed with a succession of smash hit Rock'n'Roll numbers including the evergreen (We're Gonna) "Rock Around The Clock". Then followed others like "Rip It Up", "See You Later, Alligator" and "Razzle-Dazzle" among others. For a decade Bill was "Mr. Rock'n'Roll" and "Mr. Go Go" [in Mexico, 1961-1966], and even now, more than 50 years after the first hit topped the summum of the int'l charts, his name and his personality are tops in the Rock scene. Bill had a good start : he came from a musical family in Michigan (his mother, Maude Green, teached piano lessons for 25 cents per hour; his father of Cherokee Indian ancestors roots played banjo and guitar) and, after flirting with Western music during his early teens, he instinctively felt that the lively, exciting Rock'n'Roll music was here to stay. Rock'n'Roll Is Here To Stay (Danny and The Juniors, 1958), indeed! Rock'n'Roll has had as great an impact on Popular Music as had Jazz some three or four decades earlier. And what about the current Rock revival in the early 70's and 80's which beared witness to the powerful influence generated by Bill Haley on the Pop world? To assess Bill's songs over and over the years is still a Herculean and exciting task, for he had so many; but to mention "R'n'R" is to conjure up instantly the name of Bill Haley. He was one of the immortals of the Pop scene; he has written into the history of music the most important chapter of all times...Rock'n'Roll...and it is with this that 25 years later he is still alive in our minds. Bill Haley will remain the UNDISPUTED KING and the FATHER of Rock'N'Roll: ain't that rockin' & rollin' so funny? Ha ha ha...And best wishes to his eldest son John William born in December 1950, Sharyn Ann, Joan, Scott Robert born in January 1960, Pedro, Georgina and Martha (my dear)....***Bill Haley was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame at the 2nd annual induction dinner on January 21, 1987.***Bill haley was born on Thursday, 6th July 1925 and died on Monday, 9th February 1981***Forty years earlier, Bill formed THE FOUR ACES OF WESTERN SWING then changed it to JACK HALEY and his ALL WESTERN Sextette.***Formerly written back on the 3rd February of 2006 for English-speaking Wikipedia but considerably modified here. (C) Stephan "Juke Box Cannon Ball" Koenig.

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