“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Pocahontas in Randolph County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)

Birthplace Of A Legend

Birthplace Of A Legend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Doda, April 6, 2019
1. Birthplace Of A Legend Marker
Billy Lee Riley was born in Pocahontas October 5, 1933. During his early childhood he lived just off the Marr Street on Haw Street.

He recorded his first several hits, including "Red Hot" at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis and his background in early Rock and Roll is featured there.

Early on, Jerry Lee Lewis played back up piano for Billy Lee. After moving to L.A. in the early 1960s, Billy Lee was a sessions musician, recording with Dean Martin, the Beach Boys and Herb Alpert. Listed among his biggest fans is Bob Dylan.

Billy Lee's album, Hot Damn was nominated for a Grammy in 1997. His last record, Hillbilly Rockin' Man, was released in 2006. Billy Lee was honored here when he performed at the Hometown Legends Concert as a part of the Pocahontas Sesquicentennial celebration.

That same year, Billy Lee passed away in August, 2009, but earlier that year he participated in the announcement of the Arkansas Legislature's designation of this Rock and Roll Highway 67 through Pocahontas, his hometown.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music
Birthplace Of A Legend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Doda, April 6, 2019
2. Birthplace Of A Legend Marker
Location. 36° 16.356′ N, 90° 57.577′ W. Marker is in Pocahontas, Arkansas, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 62 and East Maple Street, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 62. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1816 US-62, Pocahontas AR 72455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Shaver (approx. 2.1 miles away); Powhatan Courthouse State Park (approx. 15.9 miles away).
Also see . . .  YouTube clip of "Red Hot". (Submitted on November 12, 2020.)
Additional comments.
1. "Red Hot"
The song "Red Hot" is featured in John Waters' 2004 film A Dirty Shame, used particularly as a theme for Caprise "Ursula Udders" Stickles, portrayed by Selma Blair.
    — Submitted November 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A wide shot of the marker in context. • Can you help?
Paid Advertisement
Mar. 3, 2021