Bill Haley, known as “The Father of Rock and Roll”, died of a heart attack on February 9, 1981.
Haley was born William John Clifton Haley on July 6, 1925. He is known as one of the very first rock and roll musicians and is credited with popularizing the genre in the 1950s and beyond. His band, Bill Haley & His Comets, released the first rock and roll song to hit American charts and “Crazy Man, Crazy” peaked at #15 on Billboard.
In 1957, Haley toured Europe, making him the first major American rock and roll singer to do so. Haley is also responsible for such groundbreaking hits as “See You Later Alligator,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” and “Rock Around the Clock” which sold 25 Million copies worldwide.
We put country and western together with rhythm & blues, and that was rock.
– Bill Haley