Rock and Roll Pioneers
Bill Haley and His Comets
This pioneer started out as a singing cowboy but soon found a way to merge Western Swing with jump blues, making him rock's first star and igniting a cultural revolution with "Rock Around The Clock."
One of the most underrated rock legends, the genial "Fats" helped take New Orleans rock from jump blues to soul, becoming a major influence on pop, rock, and even ska.
The Georgia Peach himself - the Macon madman who made your liver quiver and your little toe shoot straight up in your boot with rip-roaring hits like "Long Tall Sally," "Tutti Frutti," and "Rip It Up."
He's remembered chiefly as one of the "three stars" killed on The Day The Music Died, but the career of Ritchie Valens, tragically brief as it was, means more than that -- means more even than his status as a pioneer in Latin-American rock and roll.