August 20, 2017

One of the last original Sun Records rockabilly cats has, well, rode off into the sunset.

Arkansas born Sonny Burgess has died at the age of 88.

In 1955, him and Elvis shared many a gig. After one show Elvis told him he should go meet with Sam Phillips in Memphis and tell him you want to cut a record for Sun. It happened and the rest is history. Known for his bit wild guitar style and raucous approach to music more than a few rock-n-roll historians have declared Sonny's early sides "Punk rock before there was punk rock."

Sonny continued playing live up until July of this summer when he suffered a fall at his home. He passed away yesterday at Little Rock’s Baptist Health Medical Center.

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