Bill Haley, American rock vocalist born (1925)
Haley was born July 6th, 1925 in Michigan. In 1929, the four-year-old Haley underwent an operation which accidentally caused him to be blind in his left eye for the rest of his life. It is said that he adopted his trademark kiss curl over his right eye to draw attention from his left, but it also became his “gimmick”, and added to his popularity.
One of his first appearances was in 1938 for a baseball team entertainment event, performing guitar and songs when he was 13 years old. During the 1940s Haley was considered one of the top cowboy yodellers in America as “Silver Yodelling Bill Haley”.