Bill Haley

American rock and roll music pioneer (1925–1981)

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 & His Comets. He sold 25 million records worldwide[1] with hits such as "Rock Around the Clock" (1954), "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (1954) and "See You Later, Alligator" (1956).

Bill Haley
Bill Haley (1974).jpg
Bill Haley in 1974
Background information
Birth nameWilliam John Clifton Haley
Born(1925-07-06)July 6, 1925
Highland Park, Michigan, U.S.
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedFebruary 9, 1981(1981-02-09) (aged 55)
Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
GenresCountry, rock and roll, rockabilly
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, bandleader
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, double bass
Years active1946 - 1981

Personal lifeEdit

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.[2]

He died of a heart attack caused by alcoholism on February 9, 1981 aged 55.[3]

Grammy Hall of FameEdit

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

Bill Haley: Grammy Hall of Fame[4]
Year Recorded Title Genre Label Year Inducted Notes
1954 "Rock Around the Clock" Rock & Roll (single) Decca Records 1982


  1. "Radaumusiker". Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  2. Fuchs, Otto (2014). Bill Haley: The Father of Rock & Roll. Wagner. p. 16. ISBN 9783866839014.
  3. Hall, Michael (31 May 2011). "Falling Comet". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  4. Grammy Hall of Fame Database Archived July 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

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