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Bill Haley & His Comets were an American rock and roll band, founded in 1952 and continued until Haley's death in 1981. The band was also known as Bill Haley and the Comets and Bill Haley's Comets (and variations thereof). From late 1954 to late 1956, the group placed nine singles in the Top 20, one of those a number one and three more in the Top Ten. The single "Rock Around the Clock" became the biggest selling rock and roll single in the history of the genre.Bandleader Bill Haley had previously been a country music performer; after recording a country and western-styled version of Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats "Rocket 88", a rhythm and blues song, he changed musical direction to a new sound which came to be called rock and roll.

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This last visit by Haley to the UK included an appearance before the Queen on the Royal Variety Performance and would have been in sharp contrast to his first, in February 1957, when the riots started at Southampton docks, continued at Waterloo Station and lasted throughout his entire 14-city tour, to which a dozen extra dates were hastily added. Because Haley kept a diary and his wife at the time, Joan ‘Cuppy’ Cupchak, the second of three, is still alive and has a good memory, Crazy Man Crazy offers an entertaining blow-by-blow account of this tour and its consequence: the first ever rock’n’roll riots in the UK. Bill Haley was already being held responsible for anti-social behaviour by teenagers in the US and, correctly, the authors of this biography attribute this to the inclusion of ‘Rock Around The Clock’ in the soundtrack for the 1955 movie The Blackboard Jungle which is set in a multi-ethnic high school where juvenile delinquency is rife. Although in reality Haley was about as sinister as a glass of warm milk before bedtime, this association – which he did not engineer – appealed to moralisers in what was then a deeply conservative America, and thence to an anti-rock movement, demands for its prohibition and derogatory comments by those who feared that it might jeopardise their livelihoods, chief among them crooners like Frank Sinatra. As a result, poor old Bill - he was already 30 at the time - was Public Enemy Number One until Elvis, ten years younger, came along. The overall impression is that Bill Haley was a man of weak character who was unable to control, let alone take full advantage of, the whirlwind in which he found himself


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