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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tuesday To-Do: Billy Lee Riley and Sonny Burgess

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Billy Lee back in the day.

BILLY LEE RILEY / SONNY BURGESS
8 p.m., Juanita's. $15.

These Arkansas natives, who were both among the first wave of rockabillies to record for Sun Studios, are both well into their 70s with no sign of slowing down. They gig all over the region often, but it's rare to get the pair, both of whom call Newport home these days, in Little Rock. Riley, born in Newport, made his mark with songs like “Red Hot” and “Flyin' Saucers Rock and Roll,” before heading out to LA in the early '60s to work as a session man for the likes of Dean Martin, the Beach Boys and Herb Albert. Burgess, born in Pocahontas, had hits for Sun like “We Wanna Boogie” and “Red Headed Woman.” Should be a rockin' good time.

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