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The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for July 3-9, 2006.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, July 9, the 190th day of 2005 with 175 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 6, the 187th day of 2005 with 178 to follow.
By United Press International

Billy Crystal makes tribute to uncle

NEW YORK, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Verve Records releases "Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story," a tribute of songs selected by Gabler's New York native-nephew, Billy Crystal.

Britain's copyright terms being argued

LONDON, July 26 (UPI) -- Britain's music industry is leading a fight to protect music copyrights on 50-year-old songs by the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and James Brown.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 9, the 191st day of 2004 with 175 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, July 6, the 188th day of 2004 with 178 to follow.
By United Press International

Feature: Rock 'n' roll 'gold'

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- Golden oldies have been a part of rock 'n' roll since shortly after the first hit record, and now the form has truly gone gold -- as its celebrates its 50th ann
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'Rock Around the Clock' turns 50

MELBOURNE, April 9 (UPI) -- Marshall Lytle, bassist on the first universally recognized rock song in 1954, says he's upset by the racy lyrics in many of today's songs.

Songwriter Julius Dixon dead at 90

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- Songwriter Julius Dixon, best-known for his 1958 pop hit "Lollipop," died in New York. He was 90.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2003 with 175 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 6, the 187th day of 2003 with 178 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Sidney Bechet, in 1897; Bobby Darin, who was born in 1936; Jack Bruce of Cream in 1943 (age 60); former Rascals guitarist Gene Cornish in 1945 (age 58); Al Ciner, guitarist with American Breed, in 1947 (age 56); David Byrne of Ta
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Fred Astaire and composer Dimitri Tiomkin, born in 1899; composer-conductor Max Steiner in 1888; Larry Williams, who had a 1957 hit with "Bony Moroney," in 1935. The Spinners' Henry Fambrough was born in 1938 (age 65); Danny Rap
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 10-16.
By United Press International
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Bill Haley
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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