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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Feb. 9) Today's birthdays include Carole King, who was born in 1942 (age 60); Wishbone Ash guitarist Ted Turner in 1950 (age 52); saxophonist Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas of Kool and the Gang in 1951 (age 51); Holly Johnson, whose real first name is William,
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Feb. 9) Today's birthdays include Carole King, who was born in 1942 (age 60); Wishbone Ash guitarist Ted Turner in 1950 (age 52); saxophonist Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas of Kool and the Gang in 1951 (age 51); Holly Johnson, whose real first name is William,
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Fri., Feb.8) Music industry executive Pappy Daily was born in 1902. Rachel Watson was born in 1921.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Feb. 5) Today's birthdays include Cory Wells of Three Dog Night, who was born in 1942 (age 60); Charles Winfield of Blood Sweat and Tears in 1943 (age 59); Al Kooper, formerly with Blood Sweat and Tears, and Atlanta Rhythm Section guitarist J.R. Cobb, bo
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Feb. 2) Today's birthdays include bassist Skip Battin of the Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and also the Flying Burrito Brothers, who was born in 1934 (age 68); Tornados guitarist Alan Caddy and Rusty Kershaw, both in 1940 (age 62); Graham Nash, o
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Jan. 19) Today's birthdays include Phil Everly, one-half of the Everly Brothers, who was born in 1939 (age 63); Janis Joplin in 1943; Shelley Fabares in 1944 (age 58); Rod Evans of Deep Purple in 1945 (age 57); Dolly Parton in 1946 (age 56); Hot Chocolat
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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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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