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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Billy Lee Riley RIP

From Bob Corritore

  • RIP Billy Lee Riley 10/5/1933-8/2/2009: Though best known as the famed rockabilly artist who recorded for Sun Records, Billy Lee Riley always had his heart in the blues. He was a fine singer and harmonica player, and in addition to his rock 'n roll rave ups, had recorded albums of straight ahead Southern blues. His versions of "Flyin' Saucer Rock 'N Roll" and his rockabilly remake of Billy "The Kid" Emerson's "Red Hot" stand as classics in the genre. He passed away on August 2, 2009 of complications from colon cancer at age 75. He remained active musically, and the coolest of cats until the end; and he was a great mentor to all younger artists lucky enough to meet him. To read Billy Lee Riley's bio, click here; and to read the LA Times obituary, click here.

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