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A Blast from the Past

Today is July 8.
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

(June 29)
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Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

DYLAN SINGS FOR 'GODS'
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Billy "Crash" Craddock, who was born in 1939 (age 63); Lamont Dozier, one-third of the sound-writing trio Holland-Dozier-Holland, in 1941 (age 61); Eddie Levert of the O'Jays in 1942 (age 60); singer/songwriter Gino Vanelli in 19
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 15 through June 21.
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include guitarist Les Paul, who was born in 1915 (age 87); the late Johnny Ace was born in 1929; the late Jackie Wilson was born in 1934; Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in 1941 (age 61); Mitch Mitchell, drummer with the Jimi He
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 8 through June 14.
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs in 1936 (age 65); Gary "U.S." Bonds in 1939 (age 62); country's Joe Stampley of Moe and Joe in 1943 (age 58); Peter Albin, bassist with Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Tangerine Dream's
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 1 through June 7.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is April 12. 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.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 12) Today's birthdays include Tiny Tim (real name: Herbert Khaury), who was born in 1922, or maybe 1930 or 1933; Herbie Hancock in 1940 (age 62); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 6) Today's birthdays include country's Merle Haggard, who was born in 1937; Michelle Phillips, formerly of the Mamas and the Papas, in 1944 (age 58); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is April 8. It was on this date in 1949 that three-year-old Kathy Fiscus of San Marino, Calif., fell into an abandoned well while playing.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 18) Today's birthdays include country singer Charley Pride, who was born in 1938 (age 64); soul singer/songwriter Wilson Pickett in 1941 (age 61); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 16) Today's birthdays include Jerry Lewis -- yes, THAT Jerry Lewis, who had a hit song in 1956 with "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby" -- was born in 1926 (age 76); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, 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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