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The Original Band
Still Rockin' Around The Clock

Bill Haley left this mortal coil in 1981, but his spirit is still alive, surging through the veins of his original band members. The Original Band—in other words, the original members of Bill Haley and His Comets—serve up classic rock and roll with more horsepower than a ’57 Chevy, evoking the likes of Sam Butera and The Witnesses on their new CD, Still Rockin’ Around the Clock. They may be long in years, but these guys don’t let you forget that they once transformed respectable ballrooms into maelstroms of dancing feet. And they’ve still got it. Bass player Marshall Lytle, age 66, can still climb on top of his bass fiddle and ride it into next week. Guitarist Franny Beecher (who also performed with Benny Goodman and Buddy Greco), now 78 years old, is more nimble on that fret board than he was when he was strumming for Haley in the early ’50s. And Joe D’Ambrosio can still nail it into place with his machine-gun sax licks.

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Still Rock
in'
around The Clock

Rock Around The Clock
Shake, Rattle and Roll
Rip It Up
See You Later, Alligator

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The 16-track CD includes all the classics, like “Rock Around the Clock,” “See You Later Alligator,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and “Mambo Rock,” as well as a cover of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” The original Comets prove they can still crank out the sock-hop rock and roll that revolutionized music in the 1950s. What’s more, this band has the musical sophistication and energy to put many younger rockabilly acts to shame.

- Giancarlo Davis



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