Rock and roll fans compete in the Bill Haley
dance contest at Belle Vue, in February 1957
Yes, compared with the previous post war 'Make Do and Mend' generation of teenagers who idolised the completely un-hip Bill Haley
with his oh so ridiculous kiss curl, the Sixties were genuinely something else, yet this decade actually began with a clash of bin lids rather than a 'Ban the Bomb' march.
about two years ago I wrote in this column my fond memories of the appearance there of Bill Haley
and his Comets in 1956 or 1957.
IN HIS splendid The Roots of Rock from Cardiff to Mississippi and Back (published by Seren at PS9.99), my literary friend Peter Finch recalls the time Bill Haley
and his Comets came to Cardiff.
AMERICAN band Bill Haley
And The Comets had young couples dancing to songs like Rock Around The Clock and Shake, Rattle And Roll in the 1950s.
1954: Bill Haley
recorded Rock Around The |Clock, the first record to sell a million in Britain alone.
The original show, which attracted audiences of up to 28 million, ran from 1955 until 1967, and featured The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Hope and Bill Haley
It was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights on March 20, 1954, but the best-known and most successful rendition was recorded by Bill Haley
and His Comets in 1954, for the American Decca label.
Musician played lead guitar for Bill Haley
and the Comets; reunited with.
Cliff Richard, the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Lulu, Tommy Cooper, Morecambe and Wise, Dusty Springfield, Bill Haley
and The Searchers are among the big names.
I recall the Rainbow coffee bar in Shaftmoor Lane where we used to meet, with the jukebox playing Bill Haley
and his Comets, Pat Boone, Frankie Lane, the Platters and many more.