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(Austin Chronicle)   Bill Haley spent his last days drunk, sitting in Sambo's and humming "Rock Around The Clock" so a customer might recognize him. That's why rock stars die at 27   (austinchronicle.com ) divider line
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2014-05-31 10:02:43 PM  
Ironically, I'm listening to Graham Bond while reading this. He was one weird dude himself.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Bond
 
2014-05-31 10:56:26 PM  
Haley moved from the house into their garage apartment, where he spray-painted the windows black and spent his evenings drunk-dialing friends with conversation that was alternately belligerent and sentimental.

Sounds like some kind of proto-Farker.
 
2014-05-31 11:11:54 PM  
Who is he? She? No one knows.
 
2014-05-31 11:50:04 PM  
crazy, man. crazy.
 
2014-06-01 12:32:46 AM  
For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast
 
2014-06-01 02:00:47 AM  

SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast


And it was named after the founders Sam Battstone & Newell   Bohnett, not "Little Black Sambo"
 
2014-06-01 04:50:22 AM  
Don't you know that you are a shooting star? And the whole world will love you just as long, as long as you are.
 
2014-06-01 05:20:52 AM  
I grew up in Harlingen. Lived just down the street from him.

He had cute daughter with a smoking hot singing voice.
 
2014-06-01 05:21:29 AM  
That will teach him to hipster
 
2014-06-01 05:50:18 AM  

borg: SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast

And it was named after the founders Sam Battstone & Newell   Bohnett, not "Little Black Sambo"


They should have decorated with pictures of the founders then, instead of all the cartoons and paintings of the tigers chasing "Little Black Sambo" until they melted into butter.
 
2014-06-01 05:50:26 AM  
"Rock Around The Clock", you gotta admit, is a mothafrkka of a record. Just under three minutes of absolute dynamite.
 
2014-06-01 05:56:47 AM  
Bottom line....he changed the world forever. Even Zappa said so about him.
 
2014-06-01 06:10:12 AM  

borg: SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast

And it was named after the founders Sam Battstone & Newell   Bohnett, not "Little Black Sambo"


The one in Sioux City, Iowa in the mid-seventies had a series of framed illustrations on one wall relating the "Little Black Sambo" tale. Sort of like the Stations of the Cross, but with an African-American child and tigers.

Anyway, weird coincidence: I just happened to watch "Don't Knock the Rock" last night for the first time ever. Kind of a fun movie. The film's highlight is Little Richard lip-synching the original Specialty recording of "Tutti Fruitti". He mouths the lyrics perfectly while managing at the same time to appear bored sh*tless.

Check out the clip. (Bonus: The only black couple within a thousand-mile radius of this whitebread town pops in out of nowhere for a quick dance.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7pjP_XkK4U
 
2014-06-01 06:27:35 AM  
He should have diversified his investments.
 
2014-06-01 06:43:04 AM  

skeeterjennings: borg: SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast

And it was named after the founders Sam Battstone & Newell   Bohnett, not "Little Black Sambo"

They should have decorated with pictures of the founders then, instead of all the cartoons and paintings of the tigers chasing "Little Black Sambo" until they melted into butter.


The irony being that "Little Black Sambo" is actualy about an Indian boy, and not an African American (you'd think the tiger would give that away).
 
2014-06-01 06:53:25 AM  
From the article, he seemed to be doing okay until those last few years.
 
2014-06-01 06:54:06 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: The irony being that "Little Black Sambo" is actually about an Indian boy, and not an African American (you'd think the tiger would give that away).


That's a great piece of trivia. Thank you.
 
2014-06-01 06:57:06 AM  
When the clock strikes two or tree and four
If my cup runs dry, I'll ask for more...
www.spaceagecity.com
How does your light shine, in the halls of Sambo-la?
 
2014-06-01 07:09:17 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: The irony being that "Little Black Sambo" is actualy about an Indian boy, and not an African American (you'd think the tiger would give that away).


It's too bad the book has more or less been abolished.  It's a good children's story and is in no way racist.  One can argue that the illustrations were for depicting stereotypes but I remember it as a young kid and I didn't see the racism then and I knew that not all black people looked that way.
 
2014-06-01 07:13:11 AM  
I like the song and I sing it to myself now and then.

(I don't have it all memorized, though)
 
2014-06-01 07:15:59 AM  

gfid: Tyrone Slothrop: The irony being that "Little Black Sambo" is actualy about an Indian boy, and not an African American (you'd think the tiger would give that away).

It's too bad the book has more or less been abolished.  It's a good children's story and is in no way racist.  One can argue that the illustrations were for depicting stereotypes but I remember it as a young kid and I didn't see the racism then and I knew that not all black people looked that way.


I do a lot of flea-market and used-bookstore browsing. Old collections of children's stories that include LBS fetch pretty big bucks these days.
 
2014-06-01 07:38:36 AM  
And who doesn't enjoy listening to "Shake, Rattle and Roll" at the end of Clue?

/see you later alligator
 
2014-06-01 07:40:24 AM  

skeeterjennings: borg: SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast

And it was named after the founders Sam Battstone & Newell   Bohnett, not "Little Black Sambo"

They should have decorated with pictures of the founders then, instead of all the cartoons and paintings of the tigers chasing "Little Black Sambo" until they melted into butter.


You race baiter you, with your observable reality and actually having been in a Sambos and whatnot.
 
2014-06-01 07:46:37 AM  
How many pancakes could Bill Haley eat?
Little Black Sambo ate a Hundred and Sixty nine, because he was so hungry.
So this is not so much a story about rock & roll or possibly racist diner chains as it is a cautionary tale of global hunger and competitive eating.

i30.tinypic.com
 
2014-06-01 08:22:15 AM  

walktoanarcade: And who doesn't enjoy listening to "Shake, Rattle and Roll" at the end of Clue?

/see you later alligator


I see Yvette bouncing whenever I hear that song.
 
2014-06-01 08:24:30 AM  

bigtotoro: walktoanarcade: And who doesn't enjoy listening to "Shake, Rattle and Roll" at the end of Clue?

/see you later alligator

I see Yvette bouncing whenever I hear that song.


Aw, now there's a nice image.Thank you, good Internet person. :)
 
2014-06-01 08:29:02 AM  
Like most people my age, 39, I was introduced to it by watching Happy Days.
 
2014-06-01 09:22:17 AM  

walktoanarcade: bigtotoro: walktoanarcade: And who doesn't enjoy listening to "Shake, Rattle and Roll" at the end of Clue?
/see you later alligator
I see Yvette bouncing whenever I hear that song.
Aw, now there's a nice image.Thank you, good Internet person. :)


Spoiler - Don't search for videos if you want your memory of Yvette intact. Remember how many years it has been. She, shall we say, looks different now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pElFJQZmgr0

Back on topic:
But for Bill Halley. It didn't sound too bad a life right up until the very end. It turned bad at the end due to Bill's own habits. But I don't feel too bad. I probably would trade a few of my boring years to lead the life of a Rock n Roll pioneer. In other words, he may not have lived long. But those years were full of experiences made a life very few people ever have, or ever will, lead.
 
2014-06-01 09:26:54 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: Spoiler - Don't search for videos if you want your memory of Yvette intact. Remember how many years it has been. She, shall we say, looks different now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pElFJQZmgr0


Dirty lies! Filthy disgusting lies! I don't know who that imposter is but...

*cries*

/all she has to do is lose weight
//would still bang nah
 
2014-06-01 09:39:38 AM  

zappaisfrank: "Rock Around The Clock", you gotta admit, is a mothafrkka of a record. Just under three minutes of absolute dynamite.


Damn straight. If not for "Rocket 88," "Rock Around the Clock" could arguably be classified as the first rock song.
 
2014-06-01 09:39:44 AM  

leevis: Like most people my age, 39, I was introduced to it by watching Happy Days.


This.

Amazing how this song holds up today.
 
2014-06-01 09:44:34 AM  

shortdarkandmeh: Damn straight. If not for "Rocket 88," "Rock Around the Clock" could arguably be classified as the first rock song.


I've argued that for years. Would you be my friend?
 
2014-06-01 09:58:18 AM  

markfara: shortdarkandmeh: Damn straight. If not for "Rocket 88," "Rock Around the Clock" could arguably be classified as the first rock song.

I've argued that for years. Would you be my friend?


Sure. Consider yourself favorited, Daddy-O.
 
2014-06-01 10:00:37 AM  

shortdarkandmeh: markfara: shortdarkandmeh: Damn straight. If not for "Rocket 88," "Rock Around the Clock" could arguably be classified as the first rock song.

I've argued that for years. Would you be my friend?

Sure. Consider yourself favorited, Daddy-O.


Dig ya later, hot dog!
 
2014-06-01 10:28:26 AM  
Sambos had all you could drink coffee for 10¢. It was a good place to go after the bars closed. Six small pancakes with strawberry syrup for 50¢.
 
2014-06-01 10:43:07 AM  

skeeterjennings: borg: SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast

And it was named after the founders Sam Battstone & Newell   Bohnett, not "Little Black Sambo"

They should have decorated with pictures of the founders then, instead of all the cartoons and paintings of the tigers chasing "Little Black Sambo" until they melted into butter.


the same racist charicatures that got certain Tom and Jerry and or Looney Tunes cartoons banned from TV. yep. they also sold stuft tigers. I had one as a kid.
later in the 80's  the one in Plattsburgh re-decoed to some cartoon chef with large googley eyes...but...they still had the tiger.

/who the fark is retarded enough to try and white wash Sambos racist history? and why?
 
2014-06-01 10:56:04 AM  

borg: SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast

And it was named after the founders Sam Battstone & Newell   Bohnett, not "Little Black Sambo"


I'm  Nick Maxwell, and my business partner is Jim Eggers, and we've come up with a great name for our fried chicken place that totally has nothing to do with anything that might, by some, be construed to have some sort of racist meaning. Why, you'd have to be racist to think that there's anything racist about it.
 
2014-06-01 10:57:13 AM  

Stratohead: skeeterjennings: borg: SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast

And it was named after the founders Sam Battstone & Newell   Bohnett, not "Little Black Sambo"

They should have decorated with pictures of the founders then, instead of all the cartoons and paintings of the tigers chasing "Little Black Sambo" until they melted into butter.

the same racist charicatures that got certain Tom and Jerry and or Looney Tunes cartoons banned from TV. yep. they also sold stuft tigers. I had one as a kid.
later in the 80's  the one in Plattsburgh re-decoed to some cartoon chef with large googley eyes...but...they still had the tiger.

/who the fark is retarded enough to try and white wash Sambos racist history? and why?


While I agree, it was not as bad as another chain

peterga.com
 
2014-06-01 11:17:52 AM  

SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast


Don't forget the .10 cent bottomless cup of coffee!
 
2014-06-01 11:18:47 AM  

the801: I'm Nick Maxwell, and my business partner is Jim Eggers,


New meme!
Hate new memes? Blame Nick Maxwell and Jim Eggers
/memi?
 
2014-06-01 11:24:14 AM  

shortdarkandmeh: markfara: shortdarkandmeh: Damn straight. If not for "Rocket 88," "Rock Around the Clock" could arguably be classified as the first rock song.

I've argued that for years. Would you be my friend?

Sure. Consider yourself favorited, Daddy-O.


BIll did kind of get shafted when it comes to Rock'n'roll history.    Years before "Rock Around the Clock" (and Elvis) he released a bunch of songs that were totally rock'n'roll, but are pretty much ignored.
Including a version of "Rocket 88" released a few months after Ike Turner & Jackie Brenston's version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPLS2i9dSy0  - he was still with his country outfit The Saddlemen here, pre-Comets.
Rock this joint, '52:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44YjmMKQTDU
And a favorite, Crazy Man Crazy, '54:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNYZ1ApQ6Js

Lots of his early stuff was basically jump blues, minus the horns, plus lead guitar, i.e. rock and roll.  It's sad that he gets demoted to just a footnote or one-hit-wonder, he really was groundbreaking, and had some really great stuff.
For extra credit, check out the Jodimars - the Comets rhythm section & sax player split off into a new band in the '50s and really rock.

/big Bill Haley fan
 
2014-06-01 11:30:14 AM  

pottie: SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast

Don't forget the .10 cent bottomless cup of coffee!


not really like Dennys origanally. Dennys orig. concept was as more akin to Howard Johnsons. a chain oh motor lodges (motels) with a resteraunt . eventually they sold off the motels...which is why you often see Dennys in the parking lots of LaQuintas.
 
2014-06-01 11:34:11 AM  

blair1: shortdarkandmeh: markfara: shortdarkandmeh: Damn straight. If not for "Rocket 88," "Rock Around the Clock" could arguably be classified as the first rock song.

I've argued that for years. Would you be my friend?

Sure. Consider yourself favorited, Daddy-O.

BIll did kind of get shafted when it comes to Rock'n'roll history.    Years before "Rock Around the Clock" (and Elvis) he released a bunch of songs that were totally rock'n'roll, but are pretty much ignored.
Including a version of "Rocket 88" released a few months after Ike Turner & Jackie Brenston's version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPLS2i9dSy0  - he was still with his country outfit The Saddlemen here, pre-Comets.
Rock this joint, '52:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44YjmMKQTDU
And a favorite, Crazy Man Crazy, '54:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNYZ1ApQ6Js

Lots of his early stuff was basically jump blues, minus the horns, plus lead guitar, i.e. rock and roll.  It's sad that he gets demoted to just a footnote or one-hit-wonder, he really was groundbreaking, and had some really great stuff.
For extra credit, check out the Jodimars - the Comets rhythm section & sax player split off into a new band in the '50s and really rock.

/big Bill Haley fan


I give the dude plenty of credit for his contributions, but the Ike and the Delta Cats came first. . . .;-)
 
2014-06-01 11:36:37 AM  
One of the drawbacks that Bill had was he was too old to be a teen idol.
 
2014-06-01 11:42:45 AM  

markfara: borg: SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast

And it was named after the founders Sam Battstone & Newell   Bohnett, not "Little Black Sambo"

The one in Sioux City, Iowa in the mid-seventies had a series of framed illustrations on one wall relating the "Little Black Sambo" tale. Sort of like the Stations of the Cross, but with an African-American child and tigers.

Anyway, weird coincidence: I just happened to watch "Don't Knock the Rock" last night for the first time ever. Kind of a fun movie. The film's highlight is Little Richard lip-synching the original Specialty recording of "Tutti Fruitti". He mouths the lyrics perfectly while managing at the same time to appear bored sh*tless.

Check out the clip. (Bonus: The only black couple within a thousand-mile radius of this whitebread town pops in out of nowhere for a quick dance.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7pjP_XkK4U


Hilarious.
 
2014-06-01 11:47:00 AM  

bearded clamorer: Haley moved from the house into their garage apartment, where he spray-painted the windows black and spent his evenings drunk-dialing friends with conversation that was alternately belligerent and sentimental.

Sounds like some kind of proto-Farker.


Nah, he had friends.
 
2014-06-01 11:50:02 AM  

Stratohead: pottie: SauronWasFramed: For the young farkers, Sambos was a chain diner like Denny's.  They were forced to change their name because it was perceived as being racists by the race baiters.

/ah Sambos.....A favorite haunt to eat and puke after a night of binge drinking.

//I had a friend who was a line cook there working the graveyard shift.  He would tell tales of hookers offering him BJs for breakfast

Don't forget the .10 cent bottomless cup of coffee!

not really like Dennys origanally. Dennys orig. concept was as more akin to Howard Johnsons. a chain oh motor lodges (motels) with a resteraunt . eventually they sold off the motels...which is why you often see Dennys in the parking lots of LaQuintas.


There are still HJ motels around, but if I remember correctly, theblast restaursnt closed a couple of years ago.
 
2014-06-01 11:59:48 AM  

shortdarkandmeh: zappaisfrank: "Rock Around The Clock", you gotta admit, is a mothafrkka of a record. Just under three minutes of absolute dynamite.

Damn straight. If not for "Rocket 88," "Rock Around the Clock" could arguably be classified as the first rock song.


Fun fact, the distortion in that song was from an amp that fell off a car roof.

/the more you know
 
2014-06-01 12:22:01 PM  
Real father of rock n' roll:

upload.wikimedia.org

No exceptions on this one. ;-)
 
2014-06-01 12:25:00 PM  
Tom_Slick
While I agree, it was not as bad as another chain

My mom's family ate here, it was originally "The Log Cabin" before the racist re-do.  I always thought she was lying because she said they were "Coast To Coast" & I saw in a book on 'Negrobilia' collecting(yah, that's the term) they advertised as "Coast To Coast" even tho there were only 3 locations.  She said they made fantastic pancakes, if she stole a dining set we'd been made.  BTW, that locations in Lake City Way a neighborhood which has given us Sir Mix-A-Lot AND, uh, Macklemore... #moreyouknow
 
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