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Bill Haley (I) (1925–1981)

William John Clifton Haley - better known as Bill Haley, leader of the first-ever rock & roll band The Comets - is probably the greatest musical pioneer of the 20th century. He was the first white artist to record a rhythm & blues hit - the 1951 "Rocket 88" for Dave Miller's subsidiary label Holiday - and scored a rockabilly hit in 1952 with "Rock... See full bio »

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 2010 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 2010 Semi-FInal (2010) ... (writer: "Swing the Mood" - uncredited)
 2008 Wildwood Days (Documentary) (writer: "CRAZY MAN CRAZY")
 2005 Family Guy (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz (2005) ... (performer: "Rock Around the Clock")
 2004 Riding Giants (Documentary) (writer: "Rudy's Rock")
 2003 The Simpsons (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Treehouse of Horror XIV (2003) ... (performer: "Rock Around the Clock" - uncredited)
 2002 Taxi für eine Leiche ("Skinny Minnie")
 1998 Ballykissangel (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- I Know When I'm Not Wanted (1998) ... (performer: "Rock Around the Clock" - uncredited)
 1995 The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer: "Rock Around the Clock")
 1995 Three Wishes (performer: "Crazy Man Crazy") / (writer: "Crazy Man Crazy")
 1994 Florida Lady (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Traumjobs (1994) ... (performer: "See You Later Alligator")
- Kein Weg zurück (1994) ... (performer: "Rock Around The Clock")
 1992 Turtle Beach ("ROCK-A-BEATIN' BOOGIE") / (performer: "ROCK-A-BEATIN' BOOGIE")
 1992 As Time Goes By (TV Series) (performer: "Rock Around the Clock")
 1989 Gorod Zero (performer: " (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock")
 1987 Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 (performer: "See You Later Alligator")
 1986 Best of Bandstand (Video documentary) (performer: "Rock Around the Clock")
 1983 Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style (Video documentary) (performer: "Rip It Up", "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" - uncredited)
 1983 De weg (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- We zijn nog jong (1983) ... (performer: "Blue Suede Shoes", "My Special Angel", "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" - uncredited)
 1983 Private Popsicle (performer: "See You Later, Alligator")
 1981 Hot Bubblegum (performer: "Rip It Up", "Shake, Rattle and Roll")
 1980 Blue Suede Shoes (Documentary) (writer: "Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie")
 1978 Boarding School (writer: "Rock a Beatin' Boogie")
 1972 Pink Flamingos (performer: "Ooh! Look-A There, Ain't She Pretty")
 1971 The Neon Palace (performer: "Rock Around the Clock")
 1967 ¡Adios cuñado! (writer: "La Tierra de las Mil Danzas" - as Billy Haley)
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.21 (1965) ... (writer: "New Orleans")
 1962 The Extra (writer: "Florida Twist")
 1959 Here I Am, Here I Stay ("Es singen und tanzen", "Es spielen")
 1956 Don't Knock the Rock (writer: "Calling All Comets", "Hot Dog, Buddy Buddy", "Hook, Line and Sinker")
 1956 Around the World Revue (Short) (writer: "Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll")
 1956 Rock Around the Clock ("Rudy's Rock") / (writer: "Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie", "Rock", "Rudy's Rock")
 1954 Round Up of Rhythm (Short) ("Crazy Man Crazy", "Shake Rattle and Roll", "Straight Jacket")
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Recorded more than 1,000 songs between 1945 and 1979. See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill Haley and His Comets | Bill Haley and the Comets

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Personal Quote:

"I was too shy to play in public. He (manager of the Booth Corners Auction Mart) asked me to sing for his big audience -- but I never figured I'd have the nerve. What I didn't know is that he had secretly rigged a microphone in his office and some loudspeakers in the mart. So I had my first audience before I knew about it. And they seemed to like it all right. So I went on doing it -- out in ... See more »


Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. See more »


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