We Wanna Boogie: The Rockabilly Roots of Sonny Burgess and the Pacers

We Wanna Boogie: The Rockabilly Roots of Sonny Burgess and the Pacers

by Marvin Schwartz


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Rock and roll pioneer and Newport native Sonny Burgess is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In this book full of personal interviews and remembrances, Burgess and his band tell of their original recordings for Sun Records in the 1950s; their shows with greats such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis; and their success in the contemporary rockabilly revival. This also is the history of a once prominent and spirited Delta community of extensive agricultural wealth. Newport was home to numerous music clubs that hosted national artists as well as illicit backroom gambling. Burgess is a product of this history, and his vivacious music is shaped by his hometown and the dramatic transformation of southern rural life it witnessed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935106753
Publisher: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marvin Schwartz is a freelance writer who specializes in Arkansas history and culture. He has worked as a journalist, educator, speechwriter, and grant writer and has directed nonprofit organizations. He holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansas.

Table of Contents

Foreword Governor Mike Beebe 11

Introduction Sonny Burgess 13

Chapter 1 Midnight at the Moon 17

Chapter 2 High-Water Marks 27

The Music 33

Chapter 3 Ramblers and Moonlighters 35

Chapter 4 Rockabilly and Razorbacks 53

Chapter 5 Rockabilly Roots 93

Chapter 6 Portraits of the Pacers 151

Chapter 7 Keep on Rocking 197

Chapter 8 Arkansas Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67 213

The Town 223

Chapter 9 Newport Origins 225

Chapter 10 Newport in the 1950s 249

Chapter 11 Roadhouses and Rednecks 267

Chapter 12 A Vanished World 307

Acknowledgements 325

Bibliography-Books 327

Appendix 331

End Notes 339

Index 345

About the Author 363

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