|Birth name||William John Clifton Haley|
|Born||July 6, 1925|
Highland Park, Michigan, U.S.
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Died||February 9, 1981 (aged 55)|
Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
|Genres||Country, rock and roll, rockabilly|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, musician, bandleader|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, double bass|
|Years active||1946 - 1981|
William John Clifton Haley (/ˈheɪliː/; 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 & 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[change | change source]
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 caused by alcoholism on February 9, 1981 aged 55.
Grammy Hall of Fame[change | change source]
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|
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Radaumusiker". seite3.ch. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
- ↑ Fuchs, Otto (2014). Bill Haley: The Father of Rock & Roll. Wagner. p. 16. ISBN 9783866839014.
- ↑ Hall, Michael (31 May 2011). "Falling Comet". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
- ↑ Grammy Hall of Fame Database Archived July 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.