US Stamps

By Michael Baadke

Born July 6: Bill Haley

July 06, 2015 03:30 AM

  • Rock 'n' Roll pioneer Bill Haley, the bandleader and guitarist who recorded "Rock Around the Clock," was honored on a 29¢ stamp in 1993.

When the United States Postal Service chose to honor pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll in 1993, it began with a single 29¢ Elvis Presley stamp on Jan. 8 (Scott 2721). But on June 9, a set was issued honoring Presley and six other musicians: three rhythm and blues singers, and three more rock stars, including Bill Haley (Scott 2725, 2732).

Haley was born 90 years ago, on July 6, 1925, in Highland Park, Mich. He is known primarily for his group Bill Haley and the Comets, which formed in 1952 and was led by Haley until his death in 1981.

When the 1993 stamps were issued, the Postal Service provided this biography: “Bill Haley and His Comets began playing country and western music. When they added rhythm and blues to their renditions, they became trailblazers of a totally new sound. Their 1955 classic Rock Around the Clock sold more than 22 million copies.”

Haley and his Comets displayed their rockabilly style on many popular records, including Rocket 88 and Shake, Rattle and Roll, and pioneered their rocking sound with hits like Crazy Man, Crazy (which Haley wrote).

Rock Around the Clock was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1962, and Bill Haley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.