Sunday, June 11, 2006

Johnny Grande 1930-2006

In 1951, when Bill Haley put together a band called the Saddlemen, Johnny Grande joined up as a piano player. He usually played accordian on stage (easier to carry), and featured on pretty much every Haley/Comets hit you can name staying with them until 1963.

For the last 19 years he has been a member of the continuously touring Original Comets, still playing great shows earlier this year. He died on June 3rd, 2006.

Here are two of those ground breaking early fifties sides. Rocket 88 from 1951, and Rock The Joint from 1952, and no, for those of you who were wondering, the 1957 hit was a re-recording of Rock The Joint for Decca.

Rocket 88 MP3
Rock The Joint MP3

There's a heartfelt history and a good read at and details on Every Haley Recording Ever at Chris Gardner's great Haley Database


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great songs!

Thanks for your comments over at Tuwa's, Doorkeeper. While you were there, did you see my post on the original version of Rocket 88? (It was my very first guest post at Tuwa's, before he graciously made me his co-blogger.)

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