Personalities | Sonny Burgess | Rockabilly | Country

(Vocals, guitar, b. 1931)

Born in Newport, Arkansas, Albert ‘Sonny’ Burgess cut some of Sun’s wildest and most primitive-sounding rockabilly. His growling vocals and heavily R&B-influenced style was too extreme for mass sales, but with his group, The Pacers, he had one of the top rockabilly stage acts in the South during the 1950s. He retired for several years but re-emerged during the 1980s and now tours constantly with his reformed Pacers.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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