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  • Monday Aug 21 | via Washington Times 

    Rockabilly pioneer Sonny Burgess dies in Arkansas at 88

    Arkansas native Albert "Sonny" Burgess, who was an early pioneer of what became known as rockabilly music, has died at age 88. Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport, Arkansas, says Burgess, of Newport, died Friday in Little Rock at age 88. A cause of death was not released. Burgess was among a group of singers in the mid-1950s who mixed rhythm and blues with country and western music into a sound that became known as rockabilly and included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.