2016 Governor's Folklife Award
Sonny Burgess and The Legendary Pacers, Newport


A rockabilly band formed in Newport in 1955.Today's band members are Sonny Burgess on guitar and vocals, Kern K. Kennedy on piano, Bobby Crafford on drums and vocals; Jim Aldridge on sax, harp and vocals; and Fred Douglas on bass and vocals. The band is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Europe; the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tenn.; the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, and the Walk of Fame in Hot Springs.