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 was an American rock and roll band that was founded in 1952 and continued until Haley's death in 1981. The band, also known by the names 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 white 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 official 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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Year Title RatingReleases
1955 Shake Rattle and Roll 1
1955 Rock Around the Clock 1
1955 Rock With Bill Haley and the Comets 1
1973 Just Rock'n'Roll Music 1
1994 Rock 'n' Roll Around the Clock 1
1994 Shake, Rattle & Roll 1
1996 Members Edition 1
2012 Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles 1
See You Later Alligator, Volume 1 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1955 Rock Around The Clock 2
1956 Rock Around the Clock 1
1982 20 Greatest Hits 2
1985 Bill Haley and His Comets: From the Original Master Tapes 1
1986 The Greatest Hits 16 1
1987 Greatest Hits 1
1988 The Best Of 1
1989 16 Original World Hits (Aust) 1
1991 Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1993 Rock Around the Clock 1
1998 The Best of Bill Haley 1
1999 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets 1
1999 The Very Best Of 1
2001 Bill Haley & His Comets 1
2001 Rock'n'Roll Legend 5 1
2004 The Best of Bill Haley and His Comets 1951-1954 1
2006 Bill Rocks 1
2006 Best of Bill Haley & His Comets 1
Bill Haley (Master Series) 1
Bill Haley & His Comets: Gold 1
Bill Haley and the Comets 1
Collection 2 1
Greatest Hits 1
Legends 1
Mr. Rock 'n' Roll 1
Rock Around the Clock 1
Rock Around the Clock 1
Rock Around the Clock 1
Still Rockin' Around The Clock 1
The Best of Bill Haley and the Comets 1
The Hit Singles Collection 1
The Original Hits: 1954-1957 1
The Very Best of Bill Haley - 20 Great Original Hits 1
The Very Best of Bill Haley and The Comets 1
Twenty Greatest Hits 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1956 Rock 'n' Roll Stage Show 1
1997 Rock 'n' Roll Show 1
1998 On Screen 1
Live 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1954 Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town) / Rock Around the Clock 2
1955 Birth of the Boogie / Mambo Rock 1

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