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Until November, 1952 Bill Haley & (and) The (His) Saddlemen.
Since August, 1962 Bill Haley & (and) The Comets.

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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, also known as Bill Haley and the Comets and Bill Haley's Comets (and variations thereof), was the earliest group of white musicians to bring rock and roll to the attention of America and the rest of the world. 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.

Bandleader Bill Haley had previously been a country music performer; after recording a country and western-styled version of "Rocket 88", a rhythm and blues song, he changed musical direction to a new sound which came to be called rock and roll.

Although several members of the Comets became famous, Bill Haley remained the star. With his spit curl and the band's matching plaid dinner jackets and energetic stage behavior, many fans consider them to be as revolutionary in their time as the Beatles or the Rolling Stones were a decade later.

Following Haley's death, no fewer than seven different groups have existed under the Comets name, all claiming (with varying degrees of authority) to be the continuation of Haley's group. As of the end of 2014, four such groups were still performing in the United States and internationally.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1954 Rock With Bill Haley and the Comets Bill Haley & His Comets 5 2
1955 Shake Rattle and Roll Bill Haley & His Comets 5 1
1956 Rock 'n' Roll Stage Show Bill Haley & His Comets 5 1
1957 Rockin' the Oldies Bill Haley & His Comets 5 1
1958 Rockin' Around the World Bill Haley & His Comets 5 1
1959 Bill Haley's Chicks Bill Haley & His Comets 5 1
1959 Strictly Instrumental Bill Haley & His Comets 5 1
1960 Bill Haley And His Comets Bill Haley And His Comets 1
1960 Haley's Juke Box Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1973 Just Rock'n'Roll Music Bill Haley & His Comets 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and his Comets 2
1956 Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1981 R-O-C-K! Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1982 20 Greatest Hits Bill Haley & His Comets 2
1985 Bill Haley and His Comets: From the Original Master Tapes Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1986 The Greatest Hits 16 Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1987 Greatest Hits Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1988 The Best Of Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1989 16 Original World Hits (Aust) Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1989 Rock the Joint! The Original Essex Recordings 1951-1954 Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1990 The Decca Years and More Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1991 Bill Haley & His Comets Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1993 "R-O-C-K" Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1993 Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1994 Rock 'n' Roll Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1994 Shake, Rattle & Roll Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1996 Members Edition Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1997 Bill Haley and his Comets Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1998 The Best of Bill Haley Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1999 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1999 The Very Best Of Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1999 The Warner Brothers Years and More Bill Haley & His Comets 1
2001 Bill Haley & His Comets Bill Haley & His Comets 1
2001 Rock'n'Roll Legend Bill Haley & His Comets 5 1
2004 The Best of Bill Haley and His Comets 1951-1954 Bill Haley & His Comets 1
2006 Bill Rocks Bill Haley & His Comets 1
2006 Best of Bill Haley & His Comets Bill Haley & His Comets 1
2008 Rock Around the Clock [Remember] Bill Haley & His Comets 1
2012 Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Bill Haley (Master Series) Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Bill Haley & His Comets: Gold Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Bill Haley and the Comets Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Collection Bill Haley & His Comets 2 1
Greatest Hits Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Legends Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Mr. Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Rock Story Anthology, Vol. 1 Bill Haley & The Comets 1
See You Later Alligator, Volume 1 Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Still Rockin' Around The Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1
The Best of Bill Haley and the Comets Bill Haley & His Comets 1
The Hit Singles Collection Bill Haley & His Comets 1
The Original Hits: 1954-1957 Bill Haley & His Comets 1
The Very Best of Bill Haley - 20 Great Original Hits Bill Haley & His Comets 1
The Very Best of Bill Haley and The Comets Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Twenty Greatest Hits Bill Haley & His Comets 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Rock 'n' Roll Show Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1998 On Screen Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Live Bill Haley & His Comets 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1954 Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town) / Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 2
1955 Birth of the Boogie / Mambo Rock Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1955 See You Later, Alligator / The Paper Boy (On Main Street, U.S.A.) Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1956 The Saints Rock 'n Roll / R-O-C-K Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1956 Rip It Up / Teenager's Mother (Are You Right?) Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1956 Choo Choo Ch'Boogie / Don't Knock the Rock Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1968 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1970 Rock Around the Clock / Framed Bill Haley & His Comets 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Bill Haley & The Comets - Rock Around The Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1

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