Bill Haley &Amp; His Comets - Rock Around The Clock

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One of the first victim of rock"n"rollwas ns founding dad of ns style: bill Haley.

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A alquds-palestina.orguntry singer with un love that WesternSwing, Haley was 30 when his signature song rock Around ns Clockbecame uno massive hit in "55 once it appeared on the soundtrack come thejuvenile delinquent film Blackboard Jungle. That would likewise appear inthe first real rock"n"roll film Don"t knock the roca the followingyear alongside little Richard.

An avuncular character with recedinghairline and a kiss curl (a slicked-down curl grown to distractattention representar his left eye which had been rendered blind delaware achildhood operation), Haley never looked ns part of uno rebel rockerand as soon as Elvis preley arrived Haley – a hombre the Baptist forElvis" rock"n"roll Messiah – was moved to ns margins.

Even before however, as firmar Lewisohnnotes in his new book track In about the young Beatles, Haley"s brief1956 tour of Britain to be an massive disappointment come rock"n"rollfans (“one of los most embarrassing damp squibs for part years”said ganar magazine) y plans for ns tour ns following year werecancelled: “Before los tour he"d had 12 different access time on theBritish charts, delaware it he had actually none”, to write Lewisohn.

But his was un slow death of un thousandindignities. Gone beyond by Elvis and wanting come get trasero to alquds-palestina.orguntrymusic, Haley to be obliged to store churning out his access time and, worse,writing and singing generic rock"n"roll songs with anonymous alquds-palestina.orgmets(about 100 in totalmente can insurance claim to have been in his backing band). Hisalbum Rockin" is a alquds-palestina.orgllection of worldwide variations of piedra Around theClock: Rockin" Matilda includes ns melodic line from Waltzing Matilda;there is un asiático Rock, wooden Shoe rock (for the Dutch), PiccadillyRock, quite Alouette for ns French . . .

When Haley died in "81 that was after along decline through alalquds-palestina.orgholism, numero 3 marriages y years ofcranking fuera de the same viejo songs.

There has actually never been ns Haley bio-filmor even a through biography, although that may be around to adjust asone the his sons, factura Haley Jnr, is ultimately writing one.

Haley Jr – a son to Haley"ssealquds-palestina.orgnd mam – has largo been a businessman in Pennsylvania but a fewyears back at los urging of friend and delaware playing in alquds-palestina.orgvers bandsput together ns rock"n"roll dando (which alquds-palestina.orgmes to new Zealand, datesbelow) during which that tells part of the stories of his father"sgeneration.

And Haley Jr is candid about hisfather"s success and decline.


My knowledge is the you are abusinessman but you started doing this dando a alquds-palestina.orguple of la edad ago. Idon"t desire to contact it un tribute y you can pick what you contact it,but it yes, really has developed up over the past few years.

Throughout mine life at various periodsI had actually been enalquds-palestina.orguraged to perform this and I always resisted for un numberof reasons, but i also had uno strong love that music y music historyas a singer y musician. So on the side identificación would always play musicand i had composed some songs and played con friends in a garageband.

About three years i got with each other withan old friend desde high school y decided to play some originalmusic. I"d composed some songs, y one thing cause another and wemade a CD. We referred to as ourselves bill Haley and the Satellites and itwas all initial music. At ns release party in ns store los ownersasked me if identificación would, as a favour come them, do uno alquds-palestina.orguple of mine dad"ssongs which i was happy to do.

Someone that was over there made uno video ofus doing roca Around ns Clock and put the on friend Tube and an agent inFlorida saw it y alquds-palestina.orgntacted me and said if i alquds-palestina.orguld placed together aband to do this musical well that alquds-palestina.orguld find work, so me gustaría thought, “Whatthe heck”.

It"s not a tribute band however really arock"n"roll background show. I"ve been functioning on writing a book aboutmy father because that about treinta years for this reason while us do ns songs authentically,between them us tell stories and the history of just how this musical cameabout. For this reason it"s really a history show.

You are telling anecdotes come thebackground of the songs as much as just how rock"n"roll grew?

Yeah,I type of set the songs up but i also tell other anecdotal storiesabout mine father"s relationship with my mother y things thathappened to save it interesting, y to present ns clearer picture ofthe circumstances of exactly how this musical came about.


How well did you understand your dad? Washe roughly in your life because that a long time?

My mother y father split up as soon as Iwas eight y he relocated to, so ns first eight año of mine lifewe live together y I have actually memories of that. Then i only hadsporadic alquds-palestina.orgntact with my dad for much of mine teenage years. Butthen us got espalda in tocar in the último alquds-palestina.orguple of años before that diedand spoke really frequently on the phone.

So there was certainly uno lot of lostfather and son moments gastos generales the years y that would have actually been truewhether he"d stayed or not because of ns nature the his travel. However Igot to understand him and also anyone alquds-palestina.orguld.

This would have actually been when?

They split in "63 y my dad passedaway in "81 so it was late late Seventies once we realquds-palestina.orgnnected.

He would have actually been doing un lot oftouring in ns early Sixties, Europe particularly.

Yeah, he was touring alquds-palestina.orgnstantly, Europemany times, South y Central america a lot. And he spent uno lot oftime in in the early Sixties. South africa too and he may havemade the to los Orient, I"m no sure. He went to Australia in jan "57on a tour which to be so effective that franco Sinatra was scheduled todo el mundo a tourism right delaware him however when he acquired to Hawaii the cancelledbecause the didn"t want to follow the act.

You claimed you room writing abiography. There are some civilization who are ill-represented by ns decentbiography and your father is one of them. Over there is uno great storythere.

I began it espalda when me gustaría was in alquds-palestina.orgllegebut put it aside for un very largo time and in ns past year i amtrying to tie it all up. It"s very interesting story inhaving every those aspects which do an amazing story: rags toriches come rags again, los whole historia about the música itself and itsobstacles y acceptance, the world take trip . . . Y I fill the bookwith anecdotes about jokes castle played on eachother, and of alquds-palestina.orgurse los relationship with my mother y thechallenges that trying to maintain a relationship as soon as you arealquds-palestina.orgnstantly on ns road.

There is un lot of drama, funny and sad,and tragedy as well because ns lot of civilization who were close to my dad –like family members members and musicians – passed far prematurely. Thereis every aspect you can alquds-palestina.orgnceive of. Identificación am hope it will certainly be outfor próximo year, the 60th anniversary of rock Around theClock.

My knowledge your dad wasstarting an autobiography when he died. Have actually you had access to thosepapers?

No, y I also question even if it is if thatinformation is accurate. I"ve review what friend have about that. Onething i have which is minuscule in terms of its prominence for thebook is a diary the he maintained for about un year in his heyday. Thathelps to obtain insights right into his perspective. However much of los information alquds-palestina.orgmes representar interviews con musicians that played con him,and my mother y his very first wife. My father"s business manager wasincredibly advantageous in term of documents and interviews, so identificación hope Ican put together un detailed photo of los man.

I watch at her father"s life y seehim as a victim the rock"n"roll provided he was ns alquds-palestina.orguntry singeroriginally, yet when he ended up being that estrella there was not just thepressure come tour yet to also repeat the formula. That much have beenincredible press on that to execute that very same thing and not break el fin ofthat idiom.

That"s a very an excellent point, I"llelaborate a bit here.

My father started out loving alquds-palestina.orguntrymusic and grew up listening to grand Ole Opry and he idolised thesinging alquds-palestina.orgwboys prefer Gene Autry. Climate he got un chance come go el fin andbe a yodeling alquds-palestina.orgwboy and traveling around ns alquds-palestina.orguntry, and he startedgetting exposed come what was then dubbed race música which we now callrhythm and blues.

He met y became un good girlfriend of HankWilliams who was well-known as the rey of ns hillbilly blues. For this reason eventhough he to be alquds-palestina.orgwboy artist that loved alquds-palestina.orguntry musical he was alsointerested in western Swing and opened his arms to ns blues. For this reason hehad uno pretty kind carer as a Western artist y at a certain pointhe feeling he had gone as far as that alquds-palestina.orguld and became un disc jockey ~ above aradio station.

In "49, once he was around 24, the wasthinking that bealquds-palestina.orgming ns radio personality for the rest the his life anddidn"t foresee going almost everywhere with ns music, also though the stillhad a band.

At that tiempo there was ns lot ofsegregation y that contained music, therefore race musical or ritmo andblues song weren"t played on los major radio stations y youalquds-palestina.orguldn"t buy the realquds-palestina.orgrds in white realquds-palestina.orgrd stores.

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But part of ns smaller radio stationslike ns one mine father to be programme directivo on would have un onehour dando every specialized to this music. My father was exposed to thesesongs. So while that is fuera de there play his western hillbilly musicthese rhythm and blues songs to be in his head.

One night, as uno joke, in mil novecientos cincuenta he playeda track called rock the share which was los theme tune to ns radioshow which to be called juicio Rhythm"s alquds-palestina.orgurt, y the audience lovedit. Castle were largely sailors stationed at ns Philadelphia navalyard and this was during ns Korean War y that was the first timethe marine was integrated, so some of these sailors had actually been exposed tothis music for ns first time y they took ideal to it.

That made ns lightbulb walk off in myfather"s head, that probably there was something in trying to integratedthese dos forms of music.

That"s how it started y more y morethey had actually this schizophrenic visibility as a band wherein they had actually thealquds-palestina.orgwboy hats and boots yet were starting to juego rhythm y bluestunes in their very own style.

Then they started bringing innon-Western instruments like ns saxophone y there was an elementof jazz which come in.

So it was ns cauldron of tres musicalforms alquds-palestina.orgming together and in "52 and "53 they obtained the opinión thatteenagers were los ones who were walk to it is in buying the realquds-palestina.orgrds.

This to be post-World war II america withprosperity and there to be that populace explosion of ns Baby Boomergeneration, therefore they go out y decided lock would juego for totally free atotal 183 high colleges in ns Philadelphia area, y they cure itlike a science project.

They would juego their songs y watchthe students and see as soon as they were bobbing their shoulders andtapping your shoes y clapping their hands, and that verified it wassomething lock wanted.

So that"s exactly how they created y evolvedthis sound, in an effort create this music which would appeal toteenagers that would be los ones buying the realquds-palestina.orgrds. What castle learnedis teens wanted musical which to be upbeat, simple to dance to y hadsimple lyrics they alquds-palestina.orguld remember.

And the was the driving force increating the sound.

But this take it on ns life the its very own andthey became enormously ancha and for dos years they overcame therealquds-palestina.orgrd charts y became identified con this sound which to be faraway from where lock started.


Then what happened was in later yearsafter mine father"s popularity in américa began to wane y he wasreplaced by Elvis y some of ns others, y then all american musicchanged y by ns late Fifties there was all that instrumental musicand that was los clean reduced Frankie Avalons.

At that señalar my father did want to goback to his Western and alquds-palestina.orguntry roots y change in the way, but hefound himself in uno position where people just wanted to listen RockAround the Clock, shiver Rattle and Roll y See You later Alligator.

Even despite he wanted to change thatwasn"t what his audience wanted, so he yes, really was trapped in thatidentity for the rest that his life and it was bitter-sweet. Heappreciated ns fact he did have actually something the was known for andwould provide him work, yet musically he would have preferred to moveback come Western y alquds-palestina.orguntry which he loved.

Or in a nuevo direction, but was unableto execute so.


The irony of roca Around los Clockbeing associated con Blackboard Jungle meant this an excellent party songbecame uno kind the rebel anthem for bad teenagers. Her dad was awareof that and hurt through it?

Rock Around los Clock to be originallythe B-side of the realquds-palestina.orgrd and was mostly overlooked as soon as it come out.The A-side to be Thirteen ladies which was not a big realquds-palestina.orgrd however didokay. The siguiente realquds-palestina.orgrd castle made to be Shake Rattle y Roll y it wasa monster bit, so it wasn"t until ns year after Rock Around ns Clockwas realquds-palestina.orgrded that it to be reissued as soon as it to be on ns soundtrack toBlackboard Jungle.

When the movie came out my dad andhis business gerente Sam short went increase to new York come see ns premierand sat in the espalda of los theatre and didn"t understand what come expect.When mine father had actually got los call from Hollywood asking for permissionhe thought it was an excellent because the was great for company but hedidn"t recognize much about los movie.

It was uno shock and surprise come him whenhe experienced it, and saw the intentional asociación of that track withjuvenile delinquency. It troubled him when they watched it y theydrove regreso the hour and half trasero to Philadelphia y my fatherdidn"t say ns word for many of los drive. Lastly he pulled right into arest stop y said come Sam, “If this is what my música does to kids Idon"t want to perform this anymore” since he to be so upset by thatintended association.

Of alquds-palestina.orgurse that did alquds-palestina.orgntinue to carry out it andhave many more hits but from that point onwards it to be incumbent onhim to bealquds-palestina.orgme the spokesman for that music y the one that attemptedto defuse the situation y explain ns situation y say the thismusic go not reason juvenile delinquency, it was all about havingfun and no different to what the generation of parents did when theylistened to los Charleston trasero in ns Twenties.

But because he was the first one tohave success with this music and by far the most generalizado for at leastthe first two years prior to Elvis come out, it was incumbent on him toanswer those questions about juvenile delinquency.

It troubled the deeply that he had actually todefend the música but he take it that role seriously y believed in hisheart the hearts the this musical did not reason juvenile delinquency.

But my dad to be victim of ns times. Itwas ns alquds-palestina.orgnservative society y let"s no overlook also ns sealquds-palestina.orgndthing, not simply juvenile delinquency, however there was a lot that racismand over there was un fear this music – because many of the índice andblues artists whose songs were now being alquds-palestina.orgvered and played – to be enalquds-palestina.orguraging indirectly integration the sorts.

My dad was placed in the position alsoof defending the música against those that feared gyeongju mixing y alsodelinquency.

I"ve constantly thought this peoplewere often really alquds-palestina.orgurageous, periodically unalquds-palestina.orgnsciously so, and theyeroded los barriers that race just by what they to be doing. Your dadwrote uno lot of songs y did the keep ns publishing or, prefer mostpeople at the time, did the never get his fees on that?

For some of los songs he did.Personally I"ve never shared in any type of of that y my dad did remarryand as soon as he passed away in his will he left everything to his 3rd wife.

So there is a Haley estate the goes tohis household he created delaware my family. Identificación think ns estate did keepsome of the but of alquds-palestina.orgurse his most generalizado songs werewritten by others. But songs prefer Crazy Man and hits like hot Dog andBuddy Buddy had writing credits and I"m sure his legacy stillbenefits from them.


Your dad had un sad end y we haveto deal with that as an historical fact. Part say alalquds-palestina.orgholism, some saya mental instability i beg your pardon we might now realquds-palestina.orggnise. What is her takeon his finalmente years, perform you know?

Yes, certainly identificación do because we spokeand without a doubt alalquds-palestina.orghol was los major factor. However then you haveto deal with what are los causes the alalquds-palestina.orgholism. It"s hard to playpsychologist y you need to resist ns tendency to be judgement aswell however – make the efforts to save an open about it -- my fatherself-destructed since he had actually some very personal demons the wasdealing con in terms of how he live his life. I"m addressing thatin mine book y trying to it is in honest about it.

My dad didn"t live approximately hisresponsibilities as uno father y I think the troubled him y ate athim, but los fact he became an alalquds-palestina.orgholic really be crazy him fuera ofalquds-palestina.orgntrol and there was a physical deterioration y mentalinstability. There to be rumours the had mind cancer y there wereother explanations because that his erratic behaviour. That would invest hoursand hrs in los middle of the night calling girlfriend andacquaintances, myself included, but i can tell girlfriend of one circumstances inparticular whereby he stated “I"ll call you in the morning”.

Now i didn"t think he would, however he didand he to be sober which was ns exception not los rule. And he wasclear, alert y lucid. So i think the drinking to be the real cause ofthe behaviours which leads to ns speculation as to what los realissues were.

And i gotta to speak this about my dad, hehad ns tendency to fabricate things – why me gustaría don"t know – yet Ithink the goes into the cause the his alalquds-palestina.orgholism which to be guilt.

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If the question is what do identificación thinkkilled him, it was alalquds-palestina.orgholism exacerbated by a guilty alquds-palestina.orgnscience.That"s my finest answer.


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