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Bill Haley - The Father Of Rock & Roll - Book 2 The Rock & Roll Revival Years And Bill Haley s Legacy von Fuchs, Otto (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 27.07.2016
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Bill Haley - The Father Of Rock & Roll - Book 2

The greatest accomplishment of Bill Haley & His Comets lies in their paving the way for all the other artists that followed. From 1952 until 1960, Bill Haley & His Comets scored 30 hits in the US and UK charts. In 1957, at the beginning of Bill Haley's first UK tour, he was greeted by 4,000 fans at London's Waterloo train station. The following year, his 1958 European tour included appearances in Germany, (which began approximately three weeks after Elvis Presley was shipped there, courtesy of Uncle Sam) and caught the attention of the international press. The Haley concerts held at the West Berlin Sportspalace erupted in mass rioting and became a daily news item. The East German newspaper 'Neues Deutschland' condemned him as 'the rock & roll gangster, Haley celebrating an orgy of American un-culture. 'The West German periodical 'Rheinische Merkur' reported: 'he, of all people, the Comet of instinct-unchaining started a major offensive against taste, standing and self-respect. All that in the bishopric of Essen on the day of the Papacy vote'. The Soviet paper 'Pravda' declared him, along with rock & roll, as 'a secret weapon of the west against socialism', whereas the FBI under the infamous J. Edgar Hoover (best known for his wiretapping of anyone whom he viewed as 'suspicious') started an investigation into theories and accusations of what was feared and suspected as 'communist music'. Asa Carter, head of the 'Alabama White Citizens Committee', charged the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with seducing and corrupting white teenage girls by promoting rock & roll. He is quoted as saying in 1956, 'with its basic heavy beat of the Negroes, it appeals to the base in man; it brings out animalism and vulgarity'. He then promised to initiate a '...campaign to force radio stations and jukebox owners to boycott this immoral music'. Perhaps the culmination of all this hysteria, however, was the opinion published as the headline of the prestigious New York Times on March 28th 1956: 'Rock & Roll Called 'Communicable Disease'' in which the Hartford, Connecticut psychiatrist Francis Braceland declared rock music 'cannibalistic and tribalistic', claiming, '...it is insecurity and rebellion. It impels teenagers to wear ducktail haircuts, wear zoot suits, and carry on boisterously at rock & roll affair'. While classical cellist Pablo Casals described the music of Bill Haley in the 1950s as the 'distillation of all disgust of our time', the German music expert Barry Graves (recognized equally in the cultural circles of Berlin and New York) in hearing Haley's style during the first rock & roll revival at the end of the 1960s conversely declared, 'The definitive rock & roll style (is) blended from country & western, Dixieland-jazz and rhythm & blues'. Haley himself, taking a calm, confident and somewhat more level headed approach, explained 'I thought if I were to take a Dixieland melody and leave out the emphasis on the first and third beat, but emphasize the second and fourth, and add a beat to which the listenerscan clap or even dance - that would serve their wishes. The rest was easy - I took catchy phrases like 'Crazy Man, Crazy' and made songs out of them with the method I just explained.' On February 9th, 1981 Bill Haley died suddenly of an apparent heart attack at his home in Harlingen, Texas. He was only 55 years old. What occurred before, during, after, and in between the many successes and phases of Bill Haley's career? What was actually behind the professional image of 'the star' Bill Haley? And what led to his untimely death at the relatively young age of 55? These are a few of the questions that this book shall attempt to address. And perhaps one more can be answered in the process: WHO, really was the man who invented rock & roll?


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    Erscheinungsdatum: 27.07.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9783741229527
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Bill Haley - The Father Of Rock & Roll - Book 2

The Comet Tales - An Interview With Joey Welz

Joey Welz of Lititz, PA is keeping the memory of his former boss, Bill Haley alive through a song on his new album. Welz is singing the standards of that era, along with some new original songs. The song "The Ballad of Bill Haley (The History of Rock and Roll)" commemorates the life of Welz's former boss.

The CD "Rewind My Rock & Roll / My Rockabilly Life" on Canadian-American Records CAR-20087 contains 14 tracks on which "The Baltimore Flash" (as Haley dubbed him) was backed on 13 by the Captain Joe Combo. One track on the CD is an unreleased ballad entitled "My Lonely Love Song" which was co-written by Joey Welz and the late Link Wray, recorded in the early 1970s (featuring Wray on guitar and naturally Welz on piano and vocals.) Further, Joey Welz originals can be found with "Rewind My Rock & Roll", "My Rockabilly Life" (two songs which gave this brand new release its title), "Rock And Roll Survivor", "You Can't Go Back", "Forever", "Alone Together" and "Rockabilly Man".

For good measure, Welz threw in the standards "Big Boss Man", "Mystery Train" (probably forever associated with the other King of Rock & Roll besides Bill Haley), "Mean Women Blues" (as legend tells that Elvis wanted to horsewhip Jerry Lee Lewis for his SUN version, as it sounded so outstanding) and the Wilson Pickett song "Midnight Hour".

Certainly Welz's voice was not as fresh as it was on his early rockabilly sides (which have been widely circulated on Klaus Kettner's "Hydra" LP Joey Welz -"The Rockabilly Years") but the 73 year-old, who is getting married soon with songwriter Martha Barr, is one of the last standing. In the inlay of the CD there are also pictures of Welz with Domino and Lewis.

Here is an interview I did with Joey Welz a little while back:

Joey Welz : "You could call this interview the Comet Tales. There are lot of stories that I remember and before we get into my days with Bill Haley's Comets I would like to say that it was the highlight of my career as a musician to be featured pianist with Bill Haley's Comets and try to carry on the tradition after Johnny Grande left."

Otto Fuchs: Where were you born and who were your early influences?

Joey Welz: "I was born in Baltimore in 1940, and my influences at that time were Little Richard, Ray Charles, and I always can remember the early recordings on Essex by Bill Haley & The Saddlemen and Bill Haley became my mentor, and my inspiration for wanting to be a rock & roll musician. and it was always my dream to be with Bill Haley as a Comet, which I could fulfill later on in my career in the sixties."

Otto Fuchs: When did you meet Bill Haley the first time?

Joey Welz: "I first saw Bill Haley with a group called the Saddlemen and that was at Carlins Park in 1953. Johnny Grande was there and Billy Williamson was there and the slapping bass man was there. I think it was Marshall Lytle, or it could have been Al Rex. When I first heard the music I knew that I wanted to spend my life with this kind of music. It was a real hot rockin' country flavored rhythm & blues type of music that Bill was experimenting with. I knew early on that it would be successful and of course from one of the tunes Bill Haley wrote, Alan Freed played the version by the Treniers first, and later our Decca recording...it was a song Jimmy Myers gave to Bill Haley called 'Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie' and in the lyrics it said 'Rock, Rock, Rock Everybody - Roll, Roll, Roll Everybody' and that was the beginning for rock & roll, and rock & roll had its name thanks to Alan Freed.

(Editor's note: "Rock-A-Beatin'-Boogie" was a Bill Haley composition and did not come from Jimmy Myers.)

Otto Fuchs: "Joey, when did you start to perform?"

Joey Welz : "I first started the band business of making Baltimore our stom

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