Guitarist Sonny Burgess Talks Elvis' Early Rockabilly Days

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Guitarist Sonny Burgess Talks Elvis' Early Rockabilly Days

As we continue our celebration of 60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll, one prominent member of the original rockabilly family shares his experience working with the king. In an article on the, guitarist Sonny Burgess tells the story of seeing Elvis perform live for the first time.

"Elvis Presley stepped onto the stage. The band started to play. His hips began to move. He sang 'Good Rockin' Tonight' and before he was done, the crowd was whirled into a frenzy."

The Newport, Louisiana, native worked with legendary artists such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Conway Twitty, among many others. While Burgess' career spans 50 years, playing for millions of fans with hundreds of musicians and bands, one artist stands out the most.

“Boy, he (Elvis) was different,” Burgess told The Jonesboro Sun. “As soon as he walked into the building you could feel his energy. He had the looks, the songs and the charisma. Whatever a star has, he had it - more than anyone else.”

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