Bill Haley

Legendary Cowboy Recordings, Vol. 2

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Although best-remembered for his 1955 single "Rock Around the Clock," which fired rock & roll's first clear shot across the bow of pop music, Bill Haley's initial recordings appeared a decade earlier on the Cowboy Records label. Specializing in a sort of polka-country-swing -- a style that combined accordions with pedal steel -- Cowboy released Haley's first single, "Candy Kisses," in 1948. A half dozen or so Haley tracks appear on this collection of Cowboy artists, and while these cuts display some verve and energy, and even some yodeling, don't expect any proto-rock & roll here. Also included are tracks by Pancake Pete Newman, Ray Whitley, the Murray Sisters, and others, making this an interesting historical document of 1940s hillbilly country, but only the most devoted and diehard Haley fans are going to want to investigate his contributions here.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:51
2 2:48
3 3:17
4 3:04
5
2:52
6
2:57
7
feat: Jesse Rogers
2:43
8
feat: Jesse Rogers
2:36
9
2:52
10
feat: Ray Whitley
3:04
11
feat: Ray Whitley
2:52
12
2:37
13
3:00
14 2:40
15
2:38
16 2:25
17
2:49
18
feat: Ray Whitley
2:23
19
feat: Billy Wilson
2:46
20
feat: Rusty Keefer
2:20
21
feat: Jackie Day
2:52
22
2:38
23
3:01
24
feat: Larry Wayne
2:27
25
2:44
26
2:30
27 2:30
28 2:42
29 2:39
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