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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," Elvis Presley, who was born in 1935; Shirley Bassey in 1937 (age 66); Anthony Gourdine, of Little Anthony and the Imperials, in 1941 (age 62); Marcus Hutson of The Whispers in 1943 (age 60); Doors gui
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for January 4-10.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Steve Allen in 1921; Abdul Fakir of The Four Tops, who was born in 1935 (age 67); and famed producer Phil Spector in 1940 (age 62).
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 21-27.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include British pop star Cliff Richard, who was born in 1940 (age 62); Them guitarist Billy Harrison in 1942 (age 60); Colin Hodgkinson of Whitesnake in 1945 (age 57); Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues in 1946 (age 56); Thomas Dolby in 1
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Oct. 12-18.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Today's birthdays include bassist David Freiberg of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Starship, and also guitarist Mason Williams, both born in 1938 (age 64); Joe Chambers of the Chambers Brothers in 1942 (age 60); John Cipollina of Quicksilver

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly package of Today in Music, for Aug. 24-30.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include Fess Parker, who was born in 1927 (age 75). He played the title character in the "Davy Crockett" TV series and recorded the first of 1955's four hit versions of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett." American Breed's Gary Loizzo
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly package of Today in Music for Aug. 10-16.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include country singer Webb Pierce, 1926 (age 76), country singer Mel Tillis, who was born in 1932 (age 70); Connie Stevens in 1938 (age 64); Statler Brothers' Philip Balsley in 1939 (age 63); Madness guitarist Chris Foreman in 1
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

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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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