Arvest Concert Series presents Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Vada Sheid Community Development Center
Free concert at 7 p.m.
Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers will perform on Tuesday, September 25 as part of the Arvest Concert Series at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH). The free concert will be held at 7 p.m. at The Sheid on the ASUMH campus.
The boogie-woogie band was formed in 1955 at Newport, Arkansas. They have five singles on Sun Records: “Red Headed Woman,” “We Wanna Boogie,” “Thunderbird,” “Ain’t Got a Thing,” “Buckets Got a Hole In It” and “Sadies Back In Town.” Their hit, “The Short Squashed Texan,” was recorded on Razorback Records in 1965. Sonny and the Pacers have played for clubs, shows and colleges all over the U.S. and Canada. Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers are one of the pioneers of rock and roll. The band has traveled and played with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Danny and the Juniors, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Hawkins, Billy Lee Riley, Ace Cannon, Charlie Rich, Teddy Riedell, Narvel Felts and many more.
Several years ago, the band regrouped to record “They Came From the South.” Another great CD of theirs, “Still Rockin’ and Rollin’,” has received rave reviews. In June of 2000, their CD was voted best new album in Europe in the ‘country and roots’ field. Both albums feature Sonny Burgess, Bobby Crafford, Jim Aldridge, Fred Douglas, Kern Kennedy and J.C. Caughron. Charles Watson II plays fiddle on the “Still Rockin’ and Rollin’” album, and appears live with the band.
The Pacers played for a worldwide Rockabilly show in Las Vegas in April of 1999. Sonny Burgess was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of Europe in May of 1999. The band played for the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tennessee in May of 2000, along with Narvel Felts, Ace Cannon, The Crickets, The Comets, Brenda Lee, Stan Perkins, D.J. Fontana, Scotty Moore, W.S. Holland and more.
In 2002, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers were inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tennessee. That same year, The Rock and Soul Museum in Memphis opened. The museum features a section on The Pacers. In October of 2000, the band was asked to play for a special performance at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, honoring Sam Philips and his legacy at Sun Records. Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers celebrated their fiftieth year in the music business in 2005. The concert at ASUMH is a free performance presented by the Arvest Concert Series. For more information, call 870-508-6280 or visit www.thesheid.com.