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"Rock 'n' Roll Highway" in Arkansas

28 March 2009
Mike Beebe tried his hand at being the state's rock 'n' roll governor Friday before signing a bill creating Arkansas' "Rock 'n' Roll Highway."

Beebe strummed an acoustic guitar and briefly sang with Arkansas rockabilly performers Billy Lee Riley and Sonny Burgess before signing the bill.

"We got a rock 'n' roll highway, baby," Beebe pronounced during a bill signing ceremony at the state Capitol.

The bill, by Rep. J.R. Rogers of Walnut Ridge, designates U.S. 67 in Jackson, Lawrence and Randolph counties as "Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67." Besides Presley and Johnny Cash, the bill notes that Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino also played at clubs along the stretch of highway.

Burgess said "rock 'n' roll highway" is an appropriate name for the stretch of road in northeast Arkansas: "It was the musical world," Burgess said. "Everybody in the world played in Jackson County in the '50s and '60s."


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