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Billy Lee Riley Marker

Marker honors Billy Lee Riley, who was born in 1933 in Pocahontas and grew up in the Arkansas Delta in such towns as Osceola and Forrest City. He learned to play the guitar from black farm workers. In the 1950s, he was a rockabilly pioneer with such hits as “Red Hot,” “Rock With me Baby,” and “Flyin’ Saucers Rock and Roll” on the Sun Records label in Memphis. He died in 2009 in Jonesboro. Marker is part of Osceola's "Cotton Highway" marker series and is a stop on the Arkansas Delta Music Trail: Sounds from the Soil and Soul.

 

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Intersection of West Hale Avenue and South Poplar Street, Osceola, Arkansas
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Great River Road