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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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Known For

Blue Suede Shoes
(1980)
Riding Giants
Riding Giants Soundtrack
(2004)
Rock Around the Clock
(1956)

Filmography

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 2012 Gila! (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Rock-A-Beatin Boogie") / (music: "Rock-A-Beatin Boogie")
 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)
 2003 Hagström: Allt I Musik (performer: "Rock Around the Clock")
 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 Three Wishes (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")
 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)
 1981 Shifshuf Naim (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")
 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 El extra (writer: "Florida Twist")
 1959 Hier bin ich - hier bleib' ich ("Es singen und tanzen", "Es spielen") / (writer: "Hot Dog Buddy Buddy", "Whoa Mabel", "Vive la Rock and Roll")
 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")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single: "My Sweet Little Girl from Nevada". NOTE: This was released under the name Reno Browne and Her Buckaroos to tie in with the popularity of Browne, a star of western films at the time, though she did not participate. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Bill Haley & The Comets | Bill Haley and His Comets | Bill Haley and the Comets
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

No matter how bad a show may be going some night, that song (Rock Around the Clock) will pull us through. It's my little piece of gold. (1970s) See more »

Trivia:

He built a house called Melody Manor in 1955 for his second wife (and wife at the time) Cuppy (real name Barbara Joan Cupchak) and their then-two children. Yearly memorable Christmas parties for all of the Comets and their families were thrown there. When Haley and Cuppy divorced in 1960, Cuppy's lawyers claimed Melody Manor, and Haley "shuffled around in cheap motels until he could no longer ... See more »

Trademark:

Distinctive kiss curl See more »

Nickname:

The Original King of Rock 'n' Roll See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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