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Bill Haley in History of Rock & Roll

Bill Haley (1925-1981) was an early rock and roll musician who, with his group Bill Haley & the Comets, helped popularize the genre in the '50s with hits such as "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" and "Rock Around the Clock," a song featured in the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle.

In 1953, Bill Haley recorded "Crazy Man Crazy," which is considered by some to be the first rock and roll hit by a white artist.

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