Pocahontas in Randolph County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Birthplace Of A Legend
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
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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltz Lake Fishing Pier (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Radio Station KPOC (approx. 0.4 miles away); Birthplace of Billy Lee Riley (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wear Kibler Schoonover (approx. 0.8 miles away); American Civil War Monument (approx. one mile away); Spinnenweber and Peters Equine Store and Merchantile (approx. one mile away); Site of the St. Charles Hotel (approx. one mile away); The Old Randolph County Courthouse (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pocahontas.
Also see . . . YouTube clip of "Red Hot". (Submitted on November 12, 2020.)
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,
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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