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Bill Haley
Bill Haley in 1974
Background information
Birth name William John Clifton Haley
Born (1925-07-06)July 6, 1925
Highland Park, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died February 9, 1981(1981-02-09) (aged 55)
Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country, rock and roll, rockabilly
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, bandleader
Instruments Vocals, guitar, double bass
Years active 1946 - 1981
Associated acts Bill Haley and his Comets, The Down Homers

William John Clifton Haley (/ˈhl/; July 6, 1925 – February 9, 1981) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was one of the first to make rock and roll music popular in the 1950s with his band Bill Haley and his Comets. He sold 25 million records worldwide with hits such as "Rock Around the Clock" (1954), "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (1954) and "See You Later, Alligator" (1956).

Personal life

Haley was born in Highland Park, Michigan. At the age of four, he had operation on his inner-ear, which cut an optic nerve, making him blind in his left eye.

He died of a heart attack on February 9, 1981 aged 55.

Grammy Hall of Fame

The following recording by Bill Haley was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982.

Bill Haley: Grammy Hall of Fame
Year Recorded Title Genre Label Year Inducted Notes
1954 "Rock Around the Clock" Rock & Roll (single) Decca Records 1982

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