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Season 2009 Episode 11.05.09

SoLost: Rockabilly Legends Honor Billy Lee Riley at the Silver Moon Club

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SoLost: Rockabilly Legends Honor Billy Lee Riley at the Silver Moon Club
Legendary rockabilly frontman and session player Billy Lee Riley died this summer and was honored with a benefit concert at the equally-legendary Silver Moon Club in Newport, Arkansas, which lies along the newly-dubbed Rock'n' Roll Highway. Artists that performed at the show included many of his Sun Records labelmates as well as a host of other pioneers of rock music: Sonny Burgess and the Pacers, W.S. Holland (from Johnny Cash's and Carl Perkins' bands), Carl Mann ("Mona Lisa and "Pretend"), Ace Cannon ("Tuff"), Teddy Reidel ("Judy"), Larry Donn ("Honey Bunn"), Dale Hawkins ("Suzie-Q"), Ben "Cooter" Jones (TV's Dukes of Hazzard), Smoochy Smith (the Mar-Keys' "Last Night"), Travis Wammack ("Scratchy"), C.W. Gatlin (from Levon Helm's and Ronnie Hawkins' bands) and more. Producer / Director: Dave Anderson Photography Editing and Postproduction: Jonathan Childs Motion Graphics: TJ McCoy Music: Westrex Executive Producer: Warwick Sabin SoLost is an Oxford American production. (c) 2009 The Oxford American Literary Projectmoreless
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