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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for April 12-18.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 15-21.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Tiny Tim (real name: Herbert Khaury), believed born in 1932; Herbie Hancock in 1940 (age 63); John Kay of Steppenwolf in 1944 (age 59); David Cassidy in 1950 (age 53); Pat Travers in 1954 (age 49); Alexander Briley of the Village
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

After months of rising tensions, the Civil War began on this date in 1861 when Major Robert Anderson refused to evacuate Fort Sumter in South Carolina and Confederate troops opened fire on the harbor fort. The barrage continued until Anderson surrendered.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for April 7-13.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include country singer Charley Pride, who was born in 1938 (age 65); soul singer/songwriter Wilson Pickett in 1941 (age 62); drummer Barry Wilson of Procol Harum in 1947 (age 56); singer/actress Irene Cara in 1959 (age 44); singer/actres
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Carole King, who was born in 1942 (age 61); Wishbone Ash guitarist Ted Turner in 1950 (age 53); saxophonist Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas of Kool and the Gang in 1951 (age 52); Holly Johnson, whose real first name is William, of Franki
By United Press International

Country Music News

Garth Brooks born in Luba, Okla., 1962. Eddie Rabbitt's first No. 1 single, "Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)," is charted, 1976.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Feb. 8-14.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Cory Wells of Three Dog Night, who was born in 1942 (age 61); Charles Winfield of Blood Sweat and Tears in 1943 (age 60); Al Kooper, formerly with Blood Sweat and Tears, and Atlanta Rhythm Section guitarist J.R. Cobb, both in 194
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for February 1-7.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include DJ Wolfman Jack, who was born Robert Smith in 1939; Richie Havens in 1941 (age 62); Mac Davis and War's Edwin Starr, both in 1942 (age 61); Nitty Gritty Dirt Band bassist Jim Ibbotson in 1947 (age 56); Billy Ocean in 1950 (age 53
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for January 18-24.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Captain Beefheart, a.k.a. Don Van Vliet, who was born in 1941 (age 62); Lynyrd Skynyrd's late lead singer Ronnie Van Zant in 1949; Kool and the Gang drummer George Brown also in 1949 (age 54); ELO bassist Melvyn Gale in 1952 (age
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Jan. 11-17.
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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