He also contributed to the music for the film The Exiles. historian and author Robert Dalley said that he had a definite place in Surf history. In 1939 the Hafner family moved to Los Los Angeles While at high school he got his first guitar and later joined the high school jazz swing band.
After quitting college and moving to New York he attempted to get into the Actors Studio, but ended up working as a painter.
He then caught up with an old acquaintance and with his help he got into the music business, working as a songwriter and musical arranger. He died of heart failure Sunday, October 13, 2015 at Centegra Memorial Medical Center in McHenry, aged 81.
At the time of his death, he had lived in Lake County for 30 years. "The Day George Wallace Was Shot" by Bob Hafner and the Homesteaders, on release - "The Day George Wallace Was Shot" / "Brave Men Walk Alone" - Liberty Tree - (1972) "The Final Season" by Bob Linkletter, on release - "The Out Crowd" / "The Final Season" - (1965) "Surfin" Tragedy" by Bob Vaught And The Renegades, on release - "Exotic" / "Surfin" Tragedy" - Gross National Product Crescendo Gross National Product 193X - (1963) "Latin Soul", "Christmas Eve", by The Sentinals, release - "Latin Soul" / "Christmas Eve" - Era 3097 - (1962) (Side 2 co-written with KC Reeth) "Intoxica", "Comanche" by The Revels, release - "Intoxica" / "Tequila" - Impact 3-IMX - (1961) "Vesuvius", by the Revels, release - "Vesuvius" / "Church Key" - Impact 1-IMX - (1960).