Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Record #0720: Shake Rattle and Roll / A. B. C. Boogie – BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS

Decca 9-29204 (original, 1st pressing) USA, 12. July 1954
Words & Music by:  Side A – Charles E. Calhoun (= Jesse Stone); Side B – Al Russell, Max Spickol
Musicians: Bill Haley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Danny Cedrone (lead guitar), Marshall Lytle (upright bass), Billy Williamson (steel guitar), Joey Ambrose (tenor sax), Johnny Grande (piano), David A. “Panama” Francis (drums)
Recording sessions: Produced by Milt Gabler at Decca Studios, Pythian Temple, New York, NY, 7. June 1954
Highest chart positions:  US #7, UK #4

Here's Haley & his Comets in their second studio session with Decca.

This was released two months after “Rock Around the Clock” but became a hit in the charts 5 months before the other.

A regular guitarist of the Comets, Franny Beecher, is not mentioned in the session details. Maybe he was sick or something.

The picture has two variants of the first pressing.

List price:  Very Good+ is $20, Near Mint is $40. The 2nd pressing has a star under “Decca”. Those are listed half the price of the 1st pressing.


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