- Ross Gregory
Haley, Bill (06 July 1925–09 February 1981), singer and bandleader, was born William John Clifton Haley, Jr., in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of William Haley and Manda Green. He grew up during the depression in the area of Chester, Pennsylvania, where his father had found work in a shipyard. The Haley household enjoyed music; Bill’s father played the mandolin, and his mother played and taught piano. Bill received his first guitar at age seven and soon began to play and sing cowboy and hillbilly songs. His musical tastes came partly from his father, a Kentuckian, and his models were radio singers and cowboy film stars of the period—performers such as ...