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ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Some of the five surviving members of the original rock band Bill Haley and the Comets, from left, Franny Beecher, (L) and Gina Haley, daughter of founding member Bill Haley with Joey Ambrosio, chat after they were inducted into Hollywood's Rockwalk on July 6, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Today marks the 50th anniversary of 'Rock Around the Clock'. (UPI Photo/Michael Tweed)
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Bill Haley ( /ˈheɪliː/; July 6, 1925 – February 9, 1981) was one of the first American rock and roll musicians. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and their hit song "Rock Around the Clock".

Bill Haley was born in Highland Park, Michigan. Because of the effects of the Great Depression on the Detroit area, his father moved the family to Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, near the town of Chester, when Bill was seven years old. Haley's father played the banjo, and his mother was a technically accomplished keyboardist with classical training. Haley told the story that when he made a simulated guitar out of cardboard, his parents bought him a real one.

The anonymous sleeve notes accompanying the 1956 Decca album "Rock Around The Clock" describe Haley's early life and career thus: "Bill got his first professional job at the age of 13, playing and entertaining at an auction for the fee of $1 a night. Very soon after this he formed a group of equally enthusiastic youngsters and managed to get quite a few local bookings for his band."

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