Born in 1925, Bill Haley became interested in country & western music and at a young age performed it locally. Haley and his family moved to Pennsylvania, and there, at the age of 22 Haley was married and got a job at radio station WPWA as a DJ.…more
Haley and his band were the first American rock and roll artists to tour the United Kingdom.
He was married three times and has eight children.
Bill Haley attempted an autobiography in 1989, called The Life and Times of Bill Haley. However, Haley died after only completing just over 100 pages. This autobiography has not yet been released to the public.
To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Haley's death, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid "79896 Billhaley" after him.
Bill Haley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Haley admitted to being an alcoholic in a 1974 radio interview for the BBC.
With the advent of younger, better-looking rock and roll musicians like Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley became less popular among the teenagers, however he continued to be a major star in Europe and Latin America throughout the 60s.
Haley has appeared in two films, Don't Knock the Rock and Rock Around the Clock. Both films are two of the first ever rock and roll musical movies, both released in 1956.
His band, the Comets, was derived by a mispronunciation of Halley's Comet.
Haley's biggest hit, "Rock Around the Clock," was written for him in 1953, however he wasn't able to record it until April 12, 1954.
Bill Haley and The Comets are often credited as the first American rock and roll band.
(On how he wrote his hit song, "Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie")
Bill Haley: I was sitting at the kitchen table trying to write this tune. The first lyric was easy, 'Rock, rock, rock everybody!' Then I wrote 'Stomp, stomp, stomp everybody!' But it didn't fit. I then wrote in, 'Rock, roll, roll everybody!' It sounded better, I liked the two R's sound of rock and roll. The rest is history.
Bill Haley: We steer completely clear of anything suggestive. We take a lot of care with lyrics because we don't want to offend anybody. The music is the main thing and it's just as easy to write acceptable words.