Bell first arrived in Las Vegas in late 1955, landing at the
Sands Hotel to work the lounge for two weeks. He and his
band had a moderate hit in their hometown of
Philadelphia at the time, "Hound Dog," and were in a
film to be released in 1956 called "Rock Around the
Clock" starring Bill Haley. The song that became a big
hit for Bell and the Bellboys from the film was, "Giddy
Up Ding Dong." It climbed to No. 1 in Europe and
remained in the top 10 for weeks.
Bell, who called Philly his hometown, eventually, moved lock,
stock and clothing to his new home in Las Vegas,
becoming a permanent resident and a leader in the still
growing rock 'n roll genre of the '60s.
Norm Johnson's column dated February 8th on
“It’s the Norm”, read entire column