“The first time I really ever felt a tingle up my spine was when I saw Bill Haley and His Comets on the telly. Then I went to see them live. The ticket was 24 shillings, and I was the only one of my mates who could go, as no one else had been able to save up that amount. But I was single-minded about it. I knew there was something going on here.”
“I’ve still got the ticket stub in my wallet from when I went to see Bill Haley and the Comets play in Manchester in February 1957—my first-ever concert. Over the years I’ve lost houses…I’ve lost wives…but I’ve not lost that ticket stub. It’s that important to me.”
“…when we listened to the radio, it was Bill Haley and the Comets or the Everly Brothers.”
“Bill Haley was there from the beginning – He was blending sounds from Country, Dixieland and R&B before the term “Rock and Roll” was even invented.”
“The first record I bought and which turned me around a bit was Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley, when I was ten. That was the first moment to me when I though ‘this is something new and original!’ It is very hard to describe how new and revolutionary that sounded to me at the time!”
“As he did these tours Bill Haley and His Comets, who you’d say would be quite tame really by the standards of what followed, were just setting the world on fire. I looked at them and thought ‘That’s what I want! I want to be like that!’”
“The birth of rock `n roll was seeing Bill Haley and His Comets.”
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