Al Rex

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Al Rex
Al Rex in 1958
Al Rex in 1958
Background information
Birth nameAlbert Floyd Piccirilli[1]
Born(1928-07-13)July 13, 1928
Black Horse, Pennsylvania[1]
DiedMay 24, 2020(2020-05-24) (aged 91)
Norristown, Pennsylvania
GenresRock and roll, jazz, country
Years active1949–1960
Bill Haley and His Comets in 1956. Left to right: Rudy Pompilli, Billy Williamson, Al Rex, Johnny Grande, Ralph Jones, Franny Beecher. Top: Bill Haley.

Albert Floyd Piccirilli (July 13, 1928 – May 24, 2020), also known by his stage name Al Rex, was an American bass player for Bill Haley & His Comets and its predecessor Bill Haley and the Saddlemen.[2][3]


He started playing for them in 1949 and became noted for "wild antics" on stage. He formed his own band, Al Rex and the Regaleers in 1960. He left the music industry soon after, although he continued to perform on occasion. He later had a wife[1] and fathered eight children.[4] On May 24, 2020, he died in his Norristown, Pennsylvania home from pneumonia. He was the last surviving of the Comets.[5]

Film appearances[edit]

He appeared as a member of the band in the 1950s films Rock Around the Clock (1956) and Don't Knock the Rock (1957).


  1. ^ a b c "Clipped From The Philadelphia Inquirer". October 27, 1991. p. 311.
  2. ^ "The Comets Timeline at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame".
  3. ^ Swenson, John. Bill Haley (London: W.H. Allen, 1982).
  4. ^ Bill Haley. Wagner Verlag sucht Autoren. ISBN 9783862795376 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Puleo, Gary. "Pioneering bass player for the Comets passes away". Swathmore, PA: The Times Herald. Archived from the original on June 4, 2020. Retrieved May 28, 2020.

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