The band was formed in 1955 at Newport,
Arkansas. They had five singles on SUN
Records: "Red Headed Woman" b/ "We Wanna Boogie",
"Thunderbird", "Ain't Got a Thing", "Buckets
Got a Hole In It", and "Sadies Back In Town". They also had a hit
in 1965 on Razorback Records with "The Short Squashed Texan".
"Red Headed Woman and We Wanna Boogie" has been voted the wildest
record ever recorded. Sonny and the Pacers played clubs, festivals, shows,
and colleges all over the US
They were one of the pioneers of rock and roll and traveled with Johnny Cash,
Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Danny and the
Juniors, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Hawkins, Billy Lee Riley, Ace
Cannon, Charlie Rich, Teddy Riedell, Narvel Felts, and many more.
Several years ago the band reformed to record "They Came From the
South" and now have another great CD out called "Still Rockin' and
Rollin". The CD has received rave reviews and in June of 2000 was voted
best new album in the country and roots field in Europe.
Both CD's feature Sonny Burgess, Bobby Crafford, Jim Aldridge, Fred Douglas,
Kern Kennedy, and J.C. Caughron. Charles Watson II plays fiddle on the
"Still Rockin' and Rollin'" album and appears live with the band.
In April of 1999 the Pacers played for a world wide Rockabilly show in
Vegas and stole the show. In May of 1999, Sonny
Burgess was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of Europe.
In May of 2000 they played for the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in
Tennessee along with Narvel Felts, Ace
Cannon, The Crickets, The Comets, Brenda Lee, Stan Perkins, D.J. Fontana,
Scotty Moore, W.S. Holland, and more
They were inducted into the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame In Jackson, TN 2002
They were also inducted in the Arkansas Walk Of Fame in Hot Springs, AR in
The Rock and Soul Museum
in Memphis also opened in May of
2000 and features a section on the Pacers. In October of 2000 they were asked
to play for a special show at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis
honoring Sam Philips and his legacy at Sun Records.
2007 was the Pacers 52nd year in
the music business.
They play the music of the 50's
the best because they helped invent it!
- Tour dates - Booking Info
BB KINGS (Memphis)
Hollywood Casino, Shreveport
Toad Suck Days
Helena Blues Fest
Tennesee Music & Heritage
Ding Dong Daddy Days
Cotton Plant Get Together
Rough & Rowdy Days
Skin Days Festival On The Square DeltaMusic Fest Batesville Water Carnival Memphis In May Old State House Ark Tourism Assn. Cotton Belt Fest Entertainers Hall Of Fame
Golden Gathering Fest Balley’s Casino Horseshoe Casino Barbican Centre London England Rock a billy Rave Rye
Rocking Tonite Fest France Viva Las Vegas Las Vegas, NVLibrary Of Congress & The Kennedy Center
in Washington DC Rockabilly
Bombardment #3 Hohenems Austria The National Folk Festival Richmond VA Adams Avenue Street Fair San Diego CA Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center
Hunningdon, TN Gotta Swing Club Arlington VA