I actually wrote this on the 1st. Took me a few days to get it in the blog.
It’s Jan 1, 2009 and a new year has started. We just got back from a night in Wendover, NV. We went to a concert which featured The Comets and then had dinner and rang in the new year. You probably have never heard of the Comets, but you might remember “Rock Around the Clock”. It was a big hit in the 50’s and some say, the first rock and roll song. It was done by Bill Haley and the Comets. Well, Haley died several years ago and the Comets are going on without him, playing the old rock music of the 50’s.
Needless to say, it was great. They had 5 members of the band, but only 3 were originals. One is 74 years old, one is 75 and the drummer is 84 years old. I am 66 and can barely walk. This guy is 84 and can play the drums for 2 hours in a fast paced, high energy concert. They were really great. They said they are opening for an extended run in Branson, MO at Andy Williams’ show room. Barb and I are trying to figure out how to get to Branson so we can see them again.
It brought back the memory of something that happened to me a few years ago. I think I was working at Magellan, but it might have been before that. A fellow came to work in our area and some of the guys told him that I was pretty knowlegable in music. He was very sceptical. So, he said to me: If you know so much, tell me this. What is the song that’s on the flipside of the original 45 record for “Rock Around the Clock”? You have probably already guesed that I knew the answer. I have the original 45 of the song and the B-side is called “Thirteen Women”. This guy was so impressed. He said he had never found someone who knew the answer to that question. I thought about this during the concert as we listened to the orginal band doing “Rock Around the Clock”.