Cedrone was born in Jamesville, New York. Cedrone's musical career began in the s, but he came into his own in the early s, first as a session guitarist hired by what was then a country and western musical group based out of Chester, Pennsylvania called Bill Haley and His Saddlemen.
InCedrone played lead on their recording of " Rocket 88 " which is considered one of the first acknowledged rock and roll recordings. At around this time, Cedrone formed his own group, The Esquire Boys and this is believed to be one of the reasons he never joined Haley's group as a full-time member.
InCedrone played lead guitar on Haley's version of " Rock the Joint ", and his swift guitar solo, which combined a jazz-influenced first half followed by a lightning-fast down-scale run, was a highlight of the recording. Haley's piano player, Johnny Grandelater described this solo as a "gimmick" that Cedrone often used.
Cedrone's involvement with the Esquire Boys kept him off of Haley's recording schedule for most of and noted jazz guitarist Art Ryerson replaced him. During this time, Cedrone made a number of recordings with the Esquires, most notably two versions of the Bill Haley composition, " Rock-A-Beatin' Nobody Else But Me - Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap - The Silver Lining (The Songs Of Jerome Kern) ", several years before Haley would record it himself.
The first version was released in December, on Rainbow Records as Cedrone returned to work with Haley's group inby which time it had been renamed The Comets. According to the book Rock Around the Clock by Jim DawsonCedrone had been unable to attend the session rehearsal and was uncertain what to play for the first instrumental break in the song.
One of the Comets accounts differ as to exactly who suggested Cedrone repeat the solo he'd played on The Danish Sharks - Rock-A-Beatin Boogie the Joint". Although Danny's wife Millie and daughter Marie recall an informal rehearsal at their home in South Philadelphia after dinner where the two men ran through a few solos, and the Rock The Joint break was one of them. The resulting solo, which was smoother than the previous recorded version, is widely considered one of the greatest rock and roll guitar solos of all time.
Cedrone would also play on the June 7, recording session for Haley's version of " Shake, Rattle and Roll " although he was not allotted the chance for another notable guitar solo. On June 17, ten days after this session, Cedrone died of a broken neck after falling down a staircase some sources say he died of a heart attack. His place as session musician in the Comets was taken by Franny Beecherwho would later graduate to full Comets member.
Eight months after Cedrone's death, "Rock Around the Clock" was included on the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle and became the first rock and roll recording to hit the top of the American charts.
Subsequently the song was performed on TV many The Danish Sharks - Rock-A-Beatin Boogie by Haley and the Comets; on several occasions depending upon the demands of the program the band would lip-synch to the recording. Beecher, himself an acclaimed and respected guitarist, did not begin to actually emulate Cedrone's solo until as The Danish Sharks - Rock-A-Beatin Boogie as the s.
Up until that point, Beecher replaced the The Danish Sharks - Rock-A-Beatin Boogie run that Cedrone used to conclude his "Clock" guitar solo with a series of fast arpeggios.
Cedrone had four daughters with wife Millie. His family had attempted to get Cedrone named to the The Danish Sharks - Rock-A-Beatin Boogie and Roll Hall of Fame where his guitar has been on display in the Hall since this is due to the Hall changing its rules a few years back to allow noted session musicians and backing groups to be admitted separately; previously only Bill Haley not The Comets or individual members thereof was a member of the Hall.
Cedrone was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Comets inby a special committee aiming to correct the mistake of not inducting the band with Bill Haley in Cedrone fell down a flight of Nok Tup - Luke Vibert - YosepH (Vinyl, Album) and broke his neck, dying instantly on June 17, This is a list of the known Haley recordings on which Cedrone is either believed to Speak To Me - Nicodemus And Matchez The Congo Kid* - Backstreet Orange performed or has been confirmed, including recordings when the band was known as the Saddlemen.
Due to a lack of documentation, Cedrone's involvement in recordings from is not confirmed but is supported by anecdotal evidence from surviving musicians, as well as by books such as the Haley biographies Sound and Glory by John Haley and John von Hoelle and Bill Haley by John Swenson.
Some sources such as Swenson's biography of Haley The Danish Sharks - Rock-A-Beatin Boogie indicate that Cedrone performed on " Crazy Man Kill For Me - Various - Forwards In Backwards Time " and other recordings inhowever during these sessions the lead guitar player per Gardner was Art Ryerson.
According to Gardner's database, a second unreleased recording from the August recording session may exist, but to date it has yet to be located and identified.
No film footage or live performance recordings of Cedrone performing with the Comets is known to exist, and it is believed that he never performed with the band on stage. Note: Guyden was also released as a 45 single in Belgium on the Ronnex Records label as From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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