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Gloucester City History: The Birth Place of Rock N Roll

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Billy Haley and The Comets at  The Twin Bar in Gloucester City

 
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( Currently closed and is in danger due to disrepair. )

Bill Haley is considered to be one of the first true rock stars and as such, Gloucester City can be considered one of the birthplaces of Rock 'n Roll.

In 1951, Bill Haley and his band then known as the Saddlemen started playing in Gloucester City at the Twin Bar on the corner of Broadway and Market Street.

As early as March 1951 to late December 1952, "Billy Haley and his Saddlemen" would give birth to their version of Rockabilly.

"This [ Twin Bar] is where we did 5 - 45 min. shows a night

6 nights a week, plus a one-hour LIVE Radio Show everyday.

Billy, Johnny, and I, all made $60.00 per week except

Bill got leaders pay of $90.00."

- MARSHALL LYTLE of the Comets.



On New Year's Eve; December 31, 1952, the newly named "Bill Haley with Haleys Comets" would appear on an advertisement billing for the first time at the Berky's Seafood House in Chester PA.

Haley would go on to be one of the first stars of Rock n Roll. In 1987 Haley would be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in the 2nd year of the HOF.

The Comets would be inducted in 2012 in the HOF as a group.

In a 1953 advertisement, Bill Haley acknowledges the Twin Bar in the announcement of the band's new name.

 

Editors note: In 1952, the Saddlemen lineup consisted of Johnny Grande, Marshall Lytle and pedal-steel guitarist Billy Williamson. According to the band members they became The Comets in the fall of 1952. Our evidence indicates they still performed as the Saddlemen until December of 1952.

 
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As noted above, on New Year's Eve; December 31, 1952, the newly named "Bill Haley with Haleys Comets" would appear on an advertisement billing for the first time at the Berky's Seafood House in Chester PA.

 
 
 
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