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Bill Haley


William John Clifton Haley (a.k.a. Bill Haley) is born in Highland Park, Michigan.


Bill Haley records a cover of Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88,” possibly qualifying it as the first rock and roll record by a white artist.


Bill Haley records a rocking version of the R&B song “Rock This Joint,” which had been a theme song for disc jockey Jimmy Preston.


Bill Haley records “Crazy, Man, Crazy,” one of the first times a performer incorporated teen slang into a popular song.


Bill Haley and His Comets record “Rock Around the Clock” at Pythian Temple, a New York studio.


“Rock Around the Clock” debuts as the B side of “Thirteen Women,” reaching #56.


“Shake, Rattle and Roll,” Bill Haley and the Comets’ cover of Big Joe Turner’s R&B hit, reaches #7.


“Rock Around the Clock,” by Bill Haley and His Comets, reaches Number One for the first of eight weeks.


Elvis Presley and Bill Haley share a bill at a high school in Cleveland, Ohio.


Bill Haley and the Comets record “See You Later, Alligator,” the latest in a series of R&B covers. It will enter the Top Forty in January 1956 and peak at #6.


Bill Haley and the Comets, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, and the Platters embark on rock and roll’s first package tour, dubbed “Galaxy of the Stars.”


Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, the Platters, the Coasters, the Shirelles and others perform at a “Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival” concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.


Bill Haley headlines the U.K.’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Show at London’s Wembley Stadium. Also on the bill are Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bo Diddley.


“Rock Around the Clock” enters the U.S. charts for a second time.


Bill Haley dies of a heart attack at home in Harlingen, Texas.


Bill Haley records his final album, Everybody Can Rock ‘n’ Roll, in London and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.


“Rock Around the Clock,” by Bill Haley and His Comets, is inducted into the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science’s Hall of Fame at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.


Bill Haley is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the second annual induction dinner. Chuck Berry is his presenter.


The 50th anniversary of “Rock Around the Clock,” by Bill Haley and the Comets, is marked in Europe - where Haley is still revered as a rock and roll pioneer – with radio and TV documentaries.