Joey Welz and Ronnie Dove
60 years of Rock and Roll.
Joey and Ronnie have been life long friends and both started their careers in music in Baltimore on WCAO radio.
JOEY WELZ BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A SINGING PIANO MAN IN THE MIDDLE 50S WITH « ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK ”. AS FEATURED PIANIST WITH BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS. HE IS ONE OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF ROCK AND ROLL AND ONE OF THE WORLD’S FIRST SINGING PIANISTS. HE BEGAN RECORDING IN 1955 BEFORE LITTLE RICHARD AND JERRY LEE LEWIS, MAKING HIS FIRST ROCK AND ROLL RECORDS IN HIS HOME TOWN OF BALTIMORE WITH HIS BAND THE JAYROCKERS. IT WAS IN THIS YEAR THAT JOEY BEGAN WORKING WITH BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS, FIRST AS A BAND BOY AND THEN AS THE OPENING ACT FOR THE COMETS. INFLUENCED BY THE RHYTHM AND BLUES OF FATS DOMINO, JOEY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PIANISTS TO COMBINE BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO WITH ROCK AND ROLL AND CREATED IN PART, THE BASIC PIANO LICKS HEARD IN MANY OF THE EARLY ROCK AND ROLL RECORDS. WITH BILL HALEY SINGING COUNTRY SWING, THE COMETS ADDED A BACK BEAT AND SAXAPHONE TO THE MIX, ACCENTED BY BIG BAND LICKS AND A BOOGIE WOOGIE RHYTHM; THIS ROCK AND ROLL WAS BORN. IT WAS NAMED BY ALAN FREED FROM THE LYRICS OF ONE OF HALEY’S FIRST SONGS…. »THE ROCK-A-BEATIN’BOOGIE »
AFTER THE GREAT SUCCESS OF » ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK » JOEY CO-WROTE SEVERAL REVISED VERSIONS OF THE SONG WITH THE ORIGINAL WRITER JIMMY DeKNIGHT (A.K.A.JAMES E.MYERS). HIS HEAVY METAL VERSION HIT THE CHARTS ALL OVER THE WORLD IN THE 80S AND HIS ROCKABILLY VERSION WENT TOP 10 IN THE 90S ON THE WORLD WIDE INDEPENDENT COUNTRY CHARTS…. NOW IN 2004, JOEY UPDATED THE SONG IN A MODERN NEW ARRANGEMENT AIMED DIRECTLY AT THE YOUTH OF THE 21ST CENTURY. »ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK FOREVER »COMBINES ROCK AND ROLL WITH HIP HOP. IT IS GAINING A WHOLE NEW WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE WITH HEAVY EUROPEAN RADIO AIRPLAY. NOW JOEY WELZ HAS REINVENTED HIMSELF AS THE COMET M.C., TRULLY THE INOVATOR OF ROCK ON CAPRICE INTERNTIONAL RECORDS, U.S.A.
DURING THE PAST 5 DECADES, JOEY HAS WRITTEN OVER IOOO RECORDED SONGS AND AS A RECORDING ARTIST, HAS MADE 75 SINGLES, 35 VYNAL ALBUMS AND 60 CD ALBUMS. HE HAS TWO GOLD RECORDS EACH FOR A MILLION RADIO SPINS WITH SUCH ORIGINAL HITS AS: »BOPPIN’ THE STROLL » »HEY LITTLE MOONBEAM » »HEY BABY/DO YOU WANNA DANCE » »IN MY CAR » »ROCKIN’IN AMERICA » »ROCKABILLY » »THE NASHVILLE BOOGIE »SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL »PEOPLE ARE THE SAME ALL OVER THE WORLD »AND «I AM AN AMERICAN » »HIS LATEST ALBUM ON CANADIAN AMERICAN RECORDS »FOREVER MORE », FEATURES SONGS FROM THE SPOLAR MOTION PICTURE « ANGEL MADE OF GLASS » »JOEY ALSO ACTS IN THE FILM PLAYING HIMSELF AS THE COMET M.C.,PERFORMING THE NEW »ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK FOREVER »
AS A SESSION MUSICIAN AND PERFORMING PIANIST/ORGANISTS, JOEY HAS RECORDED OR PLAYED WITH SOME OF THE GREATEST NAMES IN ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY »LINK WRAY AND THE RAYMEN »ROY BUCHANNAN »FREDDIE CANNON »DANNY AND THE JUNIORS »SAM THE SHAM AND THE PHAROES »JIMMY JONES »TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELLS »RARE EARTH »THE BILL BLACK COMBO »AND THE LEGENDARY STEPPENWOLF ». IN 1962 JOEY PLAYEDWITH THE BEATLES AT THE STARCLUB IN HAMBURG GERMANY WHEN THEY WERE THE OPENING ACT FOR BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS. HE IS ONE ON THE ONLY ARTISTS IN THE WORLD TODAY WHO HAS RECORDED NEW MUSIC IN EVERY DECADE »THE 50S »60S »70S »80S »90S AND NOW THE 21ST CENTURY. HE HAS PLACED 7 YEARS IN A ROW ON THE KEYBOARD MAGAZINE’S TOP TWENTY READER’S POLL. HE HAS BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE HARD ROCK CAFE AND THE ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME AND AS ONE OF THE COMETS; HE IS A GOLD CHARTER MEMBER OF THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. JOEY WELZ IS ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY AND ONE OF THE FEW ORIGINAL ROCK AND ROLL PIANO MEN PERFORMING LIVE TODAY. HE HAS RIGHTFULLY TAKEN HIS PLACE ALONG SIDE OF « JERRY LEE LEWIS » FATS DOMINO AND « LITTLE RICHARD » AS THE BOOGIE WOOGIE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL HEARD AROUND THE WORLD AND STILL ROCKIN’AROUND THE CLOCK ON CAPRICE INTERNATIONAL…
Recent Years 2008-2014
Joey was recently inducted into the ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME with BILL BLACK and CHARLIE RICH. In 2008 he was inducted into the MEMPHIS HERITAGE MUSIC HALL OF FAME with JOHNNY NASH, WILLIE MITCHELL and the BARKEYS. His bio was featured in the INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN MAGAZINE of the A. F. of M. and ROLLING STONE named him one of the top 100 IMORTALS OF ROCK & ROLL. Joey tours France every year with the CAPTAIN JOE COMBO and has released 2 new albums with his French Band; REWIND MY ROCK AND ROLL and ROCK AND ROLL YEARS. He will tour France with the CAPTAIN JOE COMBO this summer, opening for Phil Collins and again in January of 2010. He also reunited with his old friend AL RAPPA and is playing selected dates with BIL HALEY'S COMETS. He has recently opened his HOME OF A COMET as the ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK MUSEUM, which he started with JIMMY De KNIGHT, the original writer of ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK. To celebrate Joey's 50th Anniversary, CANADIAN AMERICAN has released 2 new versions of the song by Joey. One is COUNYRY and the other is HIP-HOP. Both songs feature Joey as a co-writer with the songs originator, JIMMYDeKNIGHT. New cds are: THE STORY OF AN AMERICANIDOL and THE COMET MC'S GREATEST HITS....Rock & Roll is here to stay and so is WELZ who just keeps ROCKIN'.
In 2012 Joey Welz again called the Comets together to play for the PBS Rock and Roll 50's and 60's show in Pittsburg. Joey sang Rock Around the Clock, Shake Rattle and Roll and See You Later Alligator with his friend Al Rappa in honor of Bill Haley. In 2013 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted all the Comets and Rolling Stone Magazine Named Joey Welz one of the top 100 imortals of rock and roll. Now after 60 years of performing Wikipedia honored Joey by including his bio in their website. Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Welz.
J O E Y W E L Z
Celebrating His 50th Anniversary
AS A RECORDING ARTIST....
and A C O M E T......
Canadian American Celebrates With
the Release of Joey's Biggest Hit in Years....”A SOLDIER'S LETTER(Post
Marked,IRAQ) b/w “ITS'ALL ABOUT
THE MONEY” from his new CANADIAN AMERICAN ALBUM........
ITS'ALL ABOUT LOVE AND MONEY”
In addition,the label,owned by Joey,is releasing two other new albums.......
“HOPS AND HOP SCOTCH”,20 Original Songs He Wrote With Martha Barr,and
“FROM THE ROCKIN'OF MY CRADLE TO THE ROLLIN'OF MY HEARSE” early in 2008.In addition to his new music,Joey still finds time to ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK with BILL HALEY'S COMETS(mca).
JOEY IS A GOLD CHARTER MEMBER OF THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME,AS A COMET and was
INDUCTED INTO THE INTERNATION-
AL ROCK-A-BILLY HALL OF FAME.....
JOEY WELZ IS ONE OF THE FEW ARTISTS IN POPULAR MUSIC TODAY WHO HAS RECORDED AND RELEASED NEW MUSIC EVERY YEAR SINCE 1955 UNTIL 2008.He has written over 1400 songs and scored hits in each decade- (RADIO SINGLE HITS)
1950s-BOPPIN'THE STROLL/THE MYSTERY OF LOVE/JITTERBUG ROCK
1960s-HEY LITTLE MOONBEAM/HEY RATTLESNAKE/WOOLY BULLY RIDES AGAIN/I WILL SING A RHAPSODY
1970s- LISTEN TO THE VOICES/ ROLLERBALLIN'/HEY BABY DO YOU WANNA DANCE/RETURN TO ME
1980s-IN MY CAR/ROCKIN'IN AMERICA/I LOVE THE RADIO/ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK(Country)
-1990s-I'M AN OLD ROCK AND ROLLER/ONE WAY TICKET/ NASHVILLE BOOGIE/SHAKE,RATTLE AND ROLL/FOREVER AND A DAY/INDIANA RAINBOW/LIVIN'ON SANDIEGO TIME/SPANISH ROSE
2000s-THE WHOLE WORLD'S GONE BANANAS/HIP HOP LOVE/THE HEART BEHIND THE EYES/LIFESPAN/LOVE ME FOR THE MAN I AM/I AM THE WRITER,YOU ARE THE SONG/LIVIN'
MY NEXT LIFE NOW/The GIFT of YOU
JOEY WELZ is an Icon of American Independent Music.His legend is known all over the world especially in Germany,France and Canada where he still draws enthusiastic fans.He lives quietly in his suburban home in LITITZ,PA.Within the walls of his house is 5 rooms of ROCK AND ROLL
ROYALITY,from Jerry Lee lewis and Fats Domino,to Bill Haley and Bruce Springsteen,He calls it his ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK MUSEUM and is always happy to invite fans from all over the world for a tour.We would like of offer you his story in celebration of his 50 years of,AMERICAN MADE.INDEPENDENT ROCK AND ROLL....717-627-4800 or
JOEY WELZ/ D.J.DECADE/ THE 80s
In 1980, Joey went to W.A.H.T.Radio and became their M.D. and Drive Time Jock,where he created MILLION DOLLAR MUSIC, PLAYING YOU THROUGH THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE, a new Radio Format he called "MILLION DOLLAR MUSIC, Where all the good songs have gone" After touring with BILL HALEY'S COMETS in 1982, he hit the clubs, traveling with a road crew in a hearse, doing his new live D.J.Show as a musician and singer.He called it RETRO ROCK, and came out in front of his equiptment and sang many of his records live while playing the Music Tracks. This was new and his concept and later became known as Karoke. He was kicking out the jams with Rock's Best Bands, even playing live keyoards to their CLASSIC ROCK hits in the clubs. Here is a snapshot of his concept:
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