Born in 1925, Bill Haley is considered by some to be the true father of rock and roll.
Spawning from two distinguished musicians, one could almost say that Bill had music flowing through his veins. He was truly destined for musical greatness! With his blending of several genres, Bill transcended all known musical boundaries.
His final product was none other than rock and roll.
At the young age of 13, Bill debuted his musical talents at a local junior school’s baseball game.
After spending his teen years in near-constant practice, Bill joined his first professional ensemble, the Downhomers.
20-year-old Bill had merged his life-long passion into a full-time job, and this was just his beginning!
In 1952, Bill’s band developed into Bill Haley & His Comets. Within a few short years, they were already ranking amongst top hits.
In the early 1950s, Bill released his first Top 20 single, “Crazy Man, Crazy.” He went on to produce not one, but seven Top 20 hits. Some of the group’s most popular singles included the songs “See You Later Alligator” and “Rock Around the Clock.”
Each song combined a fusion of swing and country beats.
Bill’s rise to fame quickly surpassed American boundaries.
Within a few years, Bill Haley & His Comets became an international hit! Bill even had an interview with Rolling Stone magazine!
Bill Haley & His Comets became so popular that the band was aired in the 1956 film, Don’t Knock the Rock.
A catchy tune and killer dance moves? It’s everything we wanted. The video clip begins with a close-up of Bill Haley & his Comets. Those boys have some serious spunk and rhythm!
At the lyrics “I’m gonna rock it up,” the camera pans around the dance floor.
Everyone is dancing along! This couple is even doing an overhead flip. They really are rocking it up!
The 1950s was certainly a time of quality dancing!
We’re not sure which is more impressive. Is it the rock and roll beats or the fast-paced dance moves? You could get a full workout in without ever heading to the gym. In our opinion, this was probably way more fun than the gym, too.
It’s time for a good old-fashioned dance circle!
Dancing along to the beat of the rhythm, the crowd breaks apart in anticipation. We wonder who will reign victorious.
The first couple is moving their feet faster than previously thought possible.
They’re giving us some serious Flashdance vibes.
Each couple brings their own fast-paced flare to the dance circle. They’re all so talented that there couldn’t possibly be a designated winner.
With their series of twirls, flips, and swings, this is one talented group!
Bill Haley & His Comets are sure giving the crowd the beat of a lifetime!
Little did they know they were dancing to a musical genre that was still in its founding stages. We wish we could go back in time to witness Bill Haley & His Comets in action. Maybe we’d even try out a killer dance move or two.
It’s time to beg the question, who do you think is the real father of rock & roll?
With his early blends of swing, country, and blues, it seems that Bill should be considered in the discussion at the very least!
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