Bill Haley, singer, guitarist
Singer ~ Guitarist
birth name: William John Clifton Haley

Bill Haley

July 6, 1925, Highland Park, MI ~ February 9, 1981, Harlingen, TX

Bill Haley is known the world over as the Father of Rock 'n' Roll. Haley was the first white artist to combine elements of rhythm & blues, western swing, and hillbilly music to produce the upbeat, danceable, and infectious sound known today as rock 'n' roll. […] According to Charles T. Brown in Music U.S.A.: America's Country and Western Tradition, Haley “was not original, although he felt that he had invented rock and roll. He simply put together available elements at the right time and had the good sense to get them before the public. But he was the catalyst necessary for rock and roll's success.” ~ Musicianguide: Bill Haley ~ retrieved July 4, 2013 © Musicianguide

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July 6, 1968 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (11) The Rolling Stones, Jumpin' Jack Flash ~ #2 (2) Cliff Nobles & Co, The Horse ~ #1 (1) Herb Alpert, This Guy's In Love With You


If Elvis was the King of Rock 'n' Roll, then Bill Haley was surely its father. While some may argue about the origins of the music, Haley scored several firsts. In 1951, Haley became the first white artist to record a rhythm and blues hit, Rocket 88. His recording of Jimmy Preston's Rock The Joint inspired legendary disc jockey Alan Freed to coin the term “rock and roll.” Haley's Crazy, Man Crazy was the first rock song to make the Top 20 on Billboard's Pop Charts. ~ The Monitor: Pioneer Haley Almost Forgotten In Harlingen ~ Febuary 6, 2009 © The Monitor

Bill Haley ~ Inducted in the 1987 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Haley argued that he even helped give rock and roll its name. Haley penned a song called Rock-A-Beatin Boogie - whose chorus went “Rock, rock, rock everybody. Roll, roll, roll everybody” - that was recorded by the Treniers in 1953 and adopted by disc jockey Alan Freed on his Cleveland-based Moondog radio show. ~ 1987 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Bill Haley & his Comets ~ (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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