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Rudy Pompilli (1924–1976)

Rudy Pompilli started his career in jazz bands, playing tenor and bass saxophone, among other instruments. It was as a member of Ralph Marterie's Orchestra in 1955 that he caught the attention of Bill Haley. Haley hired Pompilli to play sax after original sax man, Joey Ambrose, quit. Pompilli played tenor sax, flute and clarinet for the Comets and... See full bio »

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Known For

Rock Around the Clock Himself - Comets Saxophonist
The Extra Music Department
Don't Knock the Rock Rudy Pompilli
American Bandstand Comets Musician / Kingsmen Musician


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 1962 The Extra (writer: "Florida Twist")
 1956 Don't Knock the Rock (writer: "Calling All Comets")
 1956 Rock Around the Clock (writer: "Rudy's Rock" - as Rudy Pompilii)
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 1956 Don't Knock the Rock
Rudy Pompilli (uncredited)
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 1962 The Extra (composer: song "Florida Twist")
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 1973 The London Rock and Roll Show (Documentary)
Himself (saxophonist, The Comets)
 1973 Let the Good Times Roll (Documentary)
Himself - Saxonphnist, Bill Haley and the Comets (uncredited)
 1961 Jóvenes y rebeldes
Himself (saxophonist, The Comets) (uncredited)
 1961 Besito a Papa
Himself (saxophonist, The Comets) (uncredited)
 1959 Here I Am, Here I Stay
Himself - Saxophonist, The Comets (uncredited)
 1957-1958 American Bandstand (TV Series)
Kingsmen Musician / Comets Musician
- Episode #1.282 (1958) ... Kingsmen Musician
- Episode #1.91 (1957) ... Comets Musician
 1956 Atlantic City Holiday (TV Movie)
Himself (saxophonist, The Comets)
 1956 Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (TV Series)
Himself - Comets Musician
- Episode dated 28 March 1956 (1956) ... Himself - Comets Musician
 1956 Rock Around the Clock
Himself - Comets Saxophonist (uncredited)
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 2006 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary)
- Greatest Songs of All Time (2006) ... Himself (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
 2003 Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats (Video)
Himself (as Bill Haley and his Comets)

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Other Works:

Recorded singles with The Kingsmen (Comets spinoff group), 1958. See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill Haley and His Comets | Bill Haley and his Comets | Rudy Pell

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Many sources give Pompilli's birth year as 1926, however new research undertaken in 2006 for an article on the 30th anniversary of his death revealed that Pompilli was actually born two years earlier. See more »


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