Early Years 1947-1951

Early Years 1947-1951

by Bill Haley
     
 

Although remembered for his 1955 single "Rock Around the Clock," which fired rock & roll's first clear shot across the bow of pop music, Bill Haley's initial recordings actually appeared a decade earlier on the Cowboy Records label. Specializing in a sort of polka-country-swing -- a style that combined accordions with pedal steel -- Cowboy released Haley's first… See more details below

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Although remembered for his 1955 single "Rock Around the Clock," which fired rock & roll's first clear shot across the bow of pop music, Bill Haley's initial recordings actually appeared a decade earlier on the Cowboy Records label. Specializing in a sort of polka-country-swing -- a style that combined accordions with pedal steel -- Cowboy released Haley's first single, "Candy Kisses," in 1948. Nearly 50 such early Haley tracks appear here, and while these cuts display some verve and energy, and even some yodeling, don't expect anything much like proto-rock & roll, even though it's tempting to look for it (and therefore see it, since no one wants to feel like it isn't hiding there somewhere). Oh, Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (or Bill Haley & His Saddlemen, or any of Haley's other band incarnations) do tend to edge up the beat a little, and there's a predilection for boogie-woogie styling, but it isn't exactly rock & roll. Or is it? Tracks like "Rocket 88" really do stand directly at a crossroads. This generous two-disc, 53-track box presents Haley's early work (along with four tracks by fellow Cowboy recording artist Ray Whitley, who, interestingly enough, played James Dean's character's manager in Dean's last film, Giant), spanning 1947 to 1954 and brings everything right up to the doorstep of rock & roll. Haley knew what audiences wanted (and they wanted him to push the beat) and he always had his ear to the ground. What he heard in the collision of Western swing and boogie-woogie was "Rock Around the Clock." The rest, as they say, is history.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Jsp Records
UPC:
0788065420529
catalogNumber:
4205
Rank:
216793

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Too Many Parties, Too Many Pals
  2. Four Leaf Clover Blues
  3. Candy Kisses
  4. Tennessee Border
  5. The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along
  6. Yodel Your Blues Away
  7. Behind the Eight Ball
  8. Foolish Questions
  9. Deal Me a Hand  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  10. Ten Gallon Stetson  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  11. Susan Van Dusen  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  12. I'm Not to Blame  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  13. Loveless Blues  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  14. Stand Up and Be Counted  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  15. I'm Gonna Dry Every Tear with a Kiss  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  16. Why Do I Cry Over You  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  17. My Sweet Little Girl from Nevada  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  18. My Palomino and I  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  19. Rocket 88  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  20. Tearstains on My Heart  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  21. Down Deep in My Heart  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  22. Green Tree Boogie  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  23. I'm Crying  -  Bill & Loretta
  24. Pretty Baby  -  Bill & Loretta
  25. Ten Gallon Stetson
  26. Why Do I Cry Over You

Disc 2

  1. A Year Ago This Christmas  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  2. I Don't Want to Be Alone This Christmas  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  3. Juke Box Cannonball  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  4. Sundown Boogie  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  5. Rock the Joint  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  6. Icy Heart  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  7. Dance with a Dolly  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  8. Rocking Chair on the Moon  -  Bill Haley & His Saddlemen
  9. I'm Lonesome  -  Lou Graham & The Saddlemen
  10. A Sweet Bunch of Roses  -  Lou Graham & The Saddlemen
  11. Please Make Up Your Fickle Mind  -  Lou Graham & The Saddlemen
  12. My Heart Tells Me (I'm in Love with You)  -  Lou Graham & The Saddlemen
  13. Stop Beatin' Around the Mulberry Bush  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  14. Real Rock Drive  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  15. Crazy Man, Crazy  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  16. Whatcha Gonna Do  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  17. Pat-A-Cake  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  18. Fractured  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  19. Live It Up  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  20. Farewell, So Long, Goodbye  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  21. I'll Be True  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  22. Ten Little Indians  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  23. Yes Indeed  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  24. Chattanooga Choo Choo  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  25. Straight Jacket  -  Bill Haley & His Comets
  26. Jukebox Cannonball
  27. Within This Broken Heart of Mine

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Haley   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Rex   Bass
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Ray Whitley   Guitar,Vocals
Rusty Keefer   Guitar,Violin
Danny Cedrone   Guitar
Joey d'Ambrosio   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Grande   Piano,Accordion
Billy Gussack   Drums
Marshall Lytle   Bass
Billy Williamson   Steel Guitar
Ray Charles Singers   Choir, Chorus
Thompson   Bass
Lou Graham   Vocals
Bob Scaltrito   Guitar
Loretta Glendenning   Vocals
Bill Borelli   Piano
Alice Constantine   Accordion
Tony Lance   Baritone Saxophone
Merle Fritz   Steel Guitar
Joseph Piccirilli   Bass

Technical Credits

Johnny Grande   Duet
Pat Harrison   Liner Notes
Bill Borelli   Duet

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