MARSHALL LYTLE, Original Bass Player for Bill Haley’s Comets Passes

Marshall Lytle
Associated Press May 29, 2013, 8:15 p.m.

Marshall Lytle, the original bass player for Bill Haley & His Comets, one of the first bands to take rock ‘n’ roll music mainstream, has died. He was 79.

Lytle died Saturday at his home in New Port Richey, Fla., said his niece, Shayna Golda. He was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.

With Lytle on bass, Haley and the Comets recorded hits like“Rock Around the Clock” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll” in the 1950s. Lytle was known for his percussive bass style, slapping the strings as he played.

1956 video from movie captures the spirit of the day, as Rock and Roll was coming into its own, to the disapproval of the older generation. Marshall Lytle is playing bass at left

 

Lytle was born Sept. 1, 1933, in Old Fort, N.C. A birth defectmade it nearly impossible for him to walk as a child. His older brother would carry him to and from school on his back.

While Lytle was still a young boy, he had surgery that gave him the use of his legs, his niece said. In 1951, Lytle, then still a teen, joined Bill Haley’s Saddlemen. At the time, Haley had a radio show in Chester, Pa., and the manager commented that the group didn’t look like saddlemen, said Michael Jordan Rush, who published a memoir by Lytle titled “Still Rockin’ Around the Clock” in 2011.

He suggested they call themselves “The Comets” instead.

Several of the band’s hits are now iconic rock ‘n’ roll songs: “Rock Around the Clock,” recorded in 1954, is one of the highest-selling singles of all time. Lytle also played on hits like “See You Later, Alligator.”

But he and two other members of the band quit in 1955 over a money dispute and formed a new group called the Jodimars. The group had limited commercial success, and Lytle temporarily changed his name and later went into real estate.

He returned to music in 1987, playing in a Comets reunion band, and performed right up until the weeks before his death, Rush said. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with other members of the Comets in 2012. Haley died in 1981.

Lytle’s survivors include his girlfriend, Cathy Smith, seven children and two siblings.

Editor’s Note:  The Comets were performing until recently with most of their original members. Of course, Bill Haley, their leader , passed years ago, but the others were pretty amazing, delighting audiences including this writer with all members well into their 70s and 80s.  So, now, we are seeing the beginning of the eventual demise of the talented group. They even recorded a album with a new song, ‘ We Ain’t Dead Yet.’ 

Bill Cosby Did NOT Say “I’m 83 and Tired”

Photo: Bill Cosby "I'm 83 and Tired"<br />
I've worked hard since I was 17. Except for when I was doing my National Service, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn't call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I'm tired. Very tired.<br />
I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.<br />
I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense;  Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers";  Muslims burning schools for girls;  Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery";  Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to.<br />
I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and Madrasa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand , UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance..<br />
I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.<br />
I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?<br />
I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.<br />
I'm really tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.<br />
I'm also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20's be-deck themselves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves unemployable and claiming money from the Government.<br />
Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 83.. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I'm on the way out and not on the way in.  There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference.<br />
“I’m 83 and I'm tired. If you don't agree you are part of the problem!
There’s a false credidation going around that Bill Cosby wrote the following artilce. CORRECTION: BILL COSBY DID NOT WRITE THIS, according to Snopes, but ROBERT HALL,  MASSACH– USETTS STATE SENATOR.  Don’t know how this got spread around but we checked it out… However, wouldln’t be surprised if Cosby went along with some of these premesis… However, we like Cosby  but don’t intend to misrepresent him. 

Bill Cosby Did NOT Say  “I’m 83

and Tired”

(Editor’s note: Bill Cosby is only 75) Just learned that Cosby did not write this but it’s interesting nonetheless…

I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for when I was doing my National Service, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it. 
I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; Muslims burning schools for girls; Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.
I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and Madrasa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand , UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance.. 
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.
I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?
I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor. 
I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems. 
I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20’s be-deck themselves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves unemployable and claiming money from the Government.
Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 83.. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I’m on the way out and not on the way in. There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference.
“I’m 83 and I’m tired. If you don’t agree you are part of the problem! 
-Robert Hall