Sonny Burgess, rockabilly pioneer, passed at 88

NEWPORT, Ark. — Albert “Sonny” Burgess, who was an early colonize of what became famous as rockabilly music, has died in his local Arkansas.

The Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport says Burgess died Friday in Little Rock. He was 88.

Burgess was among a organisation of singers in the mid-1950s who churned stroke and blues with country and western music. The sound became famous as rockabilly and enclosed Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Burgess eventually sealed with Sun Records in Memphis, where Presley, Cash and Lewis were among the artists under contract.

Burgess also is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

Funeral arrangements are pending. His means of death was not released.

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