Written by Ralph Grassi

Bill Haley and the Comets originally called themselves the Saddleman while playing the nightclubs of Wildwood as a country western swing band. As the story goes one summer night in 1950 Bill Haley stopped into the Riptide where the great R&B band called the Treniers were performing. It was the Treniers rockin' stage show that made Haley decide to kick off his cowboy boots and start playing rock and roll. Over the next four years they had a string of hits including "Rock around the clock" which they played for the first time at the HofBrau Hotel in the summer of 1954.
Summer of 1957
The teen scene was also jumpin' at the Starlight Ballroom dance hops where Dick Clark hosted Bandstand in the summer of 1957.
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