The Comets

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The Comets played the soundtrack of the rock and roll revolution.

They became rock's poster children with the release of their rollicking record “Rock Around the Clock.” Some people credit them with the first rock and roll record ever.

Hall of Fame Essay


Robert Burke Warren

Bill Haley needed a lot of musical oomph to get from second-string singing cowboy to one of the first rock & roll stars in history. A huge portion of that power came from the appropriately named Comets.

Marshall Lytle, stand-up bassist and songwriter (he co-wrote Haleys first hit, “Crazy Man, Crazy”), had been in Haley’s C&W group, Bill Haley and the Saddlemen. The multitalented Haley actually taught Lytle—initially a guitarist—the basics of percussive slap bass, which Lytle soon mastered.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2012
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2012 Inductees The Comets
"Rock Around the Clock" was music magic
Smokey Robinson