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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 23)
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 20)
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist Ernie Wilkins was born this day in 1922 in St. Louis. A fine musical arranger, Wilkins wrote charts for the Count Basie and Harry James orchestras and many other musicians. He helped redefine the Basie Band sound in the 1950s.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 15)
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 13)
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 9)
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

Today is July 9.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2002 with 175 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 7)
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

( (July 6)
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 6)
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, July 6, the 188th day of 2002 with 178 to follow.
By United Press International

Country Music News

Elvis Presley cut his first sessions for Sun Records in 1954. Webb Pierce recorded "Falling Back to You" in 1958. Merle Haggard's No. 1 single "Workin' Man Blues" charted in 1969.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back in pop music

(July 5)
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today is July 8.
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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