Original Comet Joey Ambrose
Performing Friday, January 31, 2020
Joey Ambrose (D’Ambrosio) was the saxophone player for Bill Haley and the Comets in 1954 and 1955, most notably playing on the famous recording, “Rock Around the Clock.”
He quit the Comets in late 1955 to form The Jodimars along with fellow Comets Dick “Richards” Bocelli and Marshall Lytle. In 1987 he rejoined The Comets and today, at age 85, continues to perform with the band and Bowzer’s Rock & Roll party shows along with band-mate drummer Dick Boccelli (aka Dick Richards), who is 95.
D’Ambrosio and Boccelli are the last two surviving members of the original Bill Haley’s Comets. Joey is the last member of the Comets to have played on all of the hit records between 1952 and 1955, including “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “See You Later Alligator,” “Rock Around the Clock” and others.