“He got this old bass fiddle out, started slapping it, with a shuffle beat, and showed me the basic three notes you need on a little bass run to get started with, and I gave it a try and I said, ‘Hell, I can do that!”
He started out as a guitarist, however following a 30-minute slap bass lesson from bandleader Bill Haley, Marshall Lytle forged rock and roll history.
A showman, standing atop his doghouse or hoisting it over his shoulder, Lytle anchored "Crazy, Man, Crazy," "Shake, Rattle and Roll," and "Rock Around the Clock." He split from Haley to form the Jodimars, which became a popular Vegas lounge act. Lytle was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his Comets comrades.