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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)

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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)
 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)
 1983 Unsere schönsten Jahre (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Man is halt überall a bissl ungern... (1983) ... (performer: "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:

Released single under the name Johnny Clifton. 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:

When I'm 75 and you can still clap your hands, and I can still hold a guitar, we'll still have rock and roll. (1969) See more »

Trivia:

His name, and that of his band, The Comets, have led many to incorrectly pronounce Halley's Comet with a long a. The correct pronunciation is Halley's Comet, with a short a. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctive kiss curl See more »

Nickname:

The Father of Rock 'n' Roll See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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