Bill Haley And His Comets
VAV!/January, 10, 2012
Well, hello to William John Clifton Haley, rock and roll musician, born July 6th, 1925 in Michigan!
Michigan was only the starting point for this rising star. His Kentucky father and English mother soon moved the family to Boothwyn, near the town of Chester, Pennsylvania. It was there William, 'Bill', grew up surrounded by music. His father played Banjo and his mother, who had been classically trained, taught piano. It seemed only natural that Bill would follow in the musical footsteps of his parents. No one, it's probable to say, could have predicted Haley's rise to stardom and the impact he would have everywhere in the years to follow.
Haley made his inaugural performances about 1938 singing and playing guitar at variety shows. During his late teen years, Bill made his rounds at the amusements parks. He was given recognition in a popular radio show known as 'Cousin Lee's Band'. It was here that Haley sang, played his guitar and yodelled his way across the sound waves.
During 1944, and the war torn era of World War II, Haley who suffered a blindness disability, was ineligible for draft. A disability that plagued him would ironically give him a break to replace a drafted member of the Downhomers'. Here he would combine country and pop music. Bill left the 'Downhomers', at the age of 22 where he returned to Chester, PA as host of a local radio show, WPWA.