Elvisworld: Elvis vs Bill Haley

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Bill Haley and his Comets were a country swing band and their Rock Around the Clock and Shake Rattle and Roll rocked. It was the dawning of a new music sound, but would it last more then a few singles?

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For one night Elvis joined a Hank Snow show, and met Bill Haley there. It took place at the Municipal Auditorium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 3.30 and 8.00 p.m.  Haley and Elvis were advertised, above Hank Snow himself, on the top half of the poster.
Elvis and Bill met again in Germany in on October 2o, 1958
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Bill Haley and his Comets peaked in the 1950s and had a revival of sorts for the first season of the 1970’s show Happy Days.
The Hillbilly Cat, Elvis Presley went to to be the King of Western Bop and left the country music circuit to headline his own act onto TV and Movies – the King of Rock n Roll and, really just The King. Elvis Presley was never a nostalgia act.
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In the 1990s, a number of Elvis picture discs were produced in Denmark and there is a disc of half Bill Haley and Half Elvis. their studio recordings, there never been even rumors of them performing together.
Perhaps if Elvis Presley had considered career highlights – rather than the factory churning out albums and movies; he might not have been so depressed, and spent the last 2 years alternating between sleepwalking through concerts to crazed readings in his bedroom.
Presley’s attempt to produce a movie – The Gladiators was never realized, but the footage hit the collector circles and eventually ended up in discount dvds and vhs bins in large chain stores. All over youtube.
Maybe if he had produced other albums by other artists – he might have found that sense of artistic credibility his own erratic catalog lacked.
His most inspired work: Elvis is Back was outsold by the GI Blues soundtrack that Elvis didn’t even want to be released as an album. It is little wonder he blew through and make medleys of the 1950s Boy Bops Girl Songs as as 1970s contemporary performer – covering The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Olivia Newton-John and even Tom Jones and Tina Turner. Buried in his 1960s soundtrack album filler was a Bob Dylan tune.
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