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Details of Rockabilly Fest 2001

Scheduled events include more than 30 hours of rockabilly music on two stages featuring acts such as Bill Haley's original Comets who performed on "Rock Around The Clock"; the Queen Of Rockabilly Music, Wanda Jackson; world renowned saxophonist Ace Cannon; Narvel Felts; Big Al Downing; former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Billy Burnette; Ray Walker with The Jordanaires; D. J. Fontana, former drummer with Elvis Presley; Stan Perkins son of Carl Perkins and many others.á In addition to the legends of rockabilly music, there will be a host of new acts including John Mueller with his tribute to Buddy Holly and Travis LeDoyt with his tribute to Elvis Presley.

Maria Elena Holly, widow of Buddy Holly and Barbara Orbison, widow of Roy Orbison will also be on hand to greet fans and talk about the lives and careers of their great husbands.á Shelby Singleton, owner of the world famous Sun Record label will host a private party for the artists and special guests on June 28.

Rockabilly Fest 2001 will be a hands-on event for the fans that will give them the opportunity to meet and talk with the entertainers and people who were instrumental in the development of rockabilly music.á There will also be displays of rare collector's items and memorabilia for sale; performance and interview videos by people like Brenda Lee and you can witness the last video-taped interview with The Jordanaires before the death of Neal Matthews last year.

Also on the agenda will be an autograph party and celebrity luncheon; bus tours to Graceland and Beale Street in Memphis; a music performance school to be held at Lambuth University to help up-and-coming acts learn about the music industry; an art exhibit depicting rockabilly artists and related subject matter; classic car displays; and a "World's Record Attempt" by having the most drummers playing one song at one time.

A LITTLE HISTORY

Rockabilly is the term used to describe the unique combination of early rock and roll and hillbilly music which became popular in the early 50s thanks to acts like Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and Bill Haley.

The International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, Inc. and Museum is theHenryH.gif (8004 bytes) brainchild of Henry Harrison of Jackson. Harrison felt it was appropriate for the museum to be in Jackson since the city is the hometown of rockabilly star Carl Perkins and is located between Memphis (home of rock and roll and blues) and Nashville (home of country and hillbilly music). The museum will trace the history and highlights of rockabilly music and feature rare memorabilia and photographs. The first group of people were inducted to the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame at a ceremony in on April 15, 2000 and another group will be inducted during this year's Rockabilly Fest 2001.   A panel of rockabilly artists and notables selected the inductees.

PaulBBillyBurn.gif (15293 bytes)The museum celebrated its birth and groundbreaking ceremony during Rockabilly Fest 2000 on April 15, at an event that featured concerts, celebrity appearances, historic videos and a dance with late 50s dress style. There was live music from 12:00 noon to 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Part of the historic part of the museum will be videotaped interviews with the people who created the music.  The taping of these videos began on November 3, 1999 and to date include interviews with Brenda Lee, Wanda Jackson, Bill Haley's Original Comets, The Jordanaires, Ace Cannon,  Maria Elena Holly (Widow of Buddy Holly), Tommy Allsup (One of Buddy Holly's CrickeHenryHShelby.gif (15028 bytes)ts), D.J. Fontana (Elvis Presley's first drummer) Shelby Singleton (Current owner of Sun Recording Studios who worked with Sam Phillips at the original Sun Studio) Bob Moore, bass guitarist who played on a number of rockabilly hits; Bill Griggs, music historian and expert on rockabilly music; and rockabilly author Billy Poore.  Most of the videos were shot at the Sun Recording Studio offices in Nashville by Jackson television station WBBJ, an ABC affiliate.

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