Friday, Sep 15th, 2017
First National Bank’s Beatles Park Stage
Still entertaining and thrilling audiences after 55 years in the music business, Sonny Burgess & The Pacers are one of Rockabilly’s true pioneers. Their energetic live shows have achieved legendary status.
Burgess, born on a farm near Newport, Arkansas, is an American rockabilly guitarist and singer who played boogie woogie music in dance halls and bars around Newport in the 50s. The band was formed in 1955 in Newport and played clubs, festivals, shows, and colleges all over the US and Canada, traveling with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elivs Presley, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Ace Cannon, Charlie Rich, Teddy Riedell, Narvel Felts, and many more.
The band’s first record was “We Wanna Boogie” in 1956 for Sun Records in Memphis, followed by “Red Headed Woman.” Both were written by Burgess and the songs have been described as “among the most raucous, energy-filled recordings released during the first flowering of Rock ‘n’ roll.”
In 1999, Sonny Burgess was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of Europe, and the band was inducted in 2002 into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, TN.