Bill Haley's Comets: Al Rappa, Band Leader

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Band Leader, Al Rappa

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Bandleader Al RappaBandleader Al Rappa today

I sang and played bass, organ and trumpet with many notable bands around Philadelphia, Pa., in the 1950s. Bill Haley called me on several occasions to fill in when one of his regular musicians couldn't make the gig.

My fill-ins became more frequent and soon evolved into recurring gigs as a member of the Comets. In 1956, I recorded bass and trumpet on Bill's "Strictly Instrumental" album on the Decca label.

Two cuts — "Joey's Song" and "Skokiaan" — became hits. That's when I started touring internationally as a member of Bill Haley and His Comets.

My passports tell the story...

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