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10/28/2008 History of rockabilly highlighted through music

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McMINNVILLE – Jerry Naylor, former lead singer of The Crickets, with Tommy Overstreet and Stan Perkins, will present “A Tribute to the Rockabilly Legends: The 50th Anniversary of Buddy Holly & The Crickets” on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield College. The presentation will include a demonstration of the history of rockabilly/rock and roll music through performances of foundational songs of the movement by Naylor, Overstreet, Perkins and the Bethel Baptist Church Gospel Singers. The performance will close with a tribute to Buddy Holly, who Naylor replaced as lead singer of The Crickets after Holly's death in 1959. Naylor is an author, record producer, songwriter, radio and television personality, film and television producer, and Grammy-nominated solo recording artist. He was inducted into the West Texas Music Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a featured performer on the ABC-Television Network music variety series “Shindig” and the host of the TV series “Music City USA” in the 1960s. He was also the host of the radio show “Continental Country” in the 1970s. Naylor is the creator, writer and producer of “The Rockabilly Legends; They Called it Rockabilly Long Before They Called it Rock and Roll” PBS Television Network/Hal Leonard Publishing multimedia production project. Naylor resides in McMinnville. Overstreet is an internationally recognized country music recording artist, songwriter, record producer and music publisher. Overstreet has to his credit seven number one national Country Music recording hits, has headlined state fairs, rodeos, expositions and concerts throughout North America, and he and Naylor have performed 37 European concert tours during their career. He was inducted into the West Texas Music Hall of Fame and Country Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Merv Griffin Show” and “The Dean Martin Show.” Perkins is a solo singer and song writer. He is the son of rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, who in 1956 wrote and recorded the first Sun Records’ million-selling recording, “Blue Suede Shoes,” recognized as the foundational recording of rock and roll. Perkins was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He grew up listening to and performing his father’s classic rock and roll music, and played drums behind his father for 22 years on worldwide concert tours with fellow rockabilly legends Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly. The presentation is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of the McMinnville Public Library. Non-perishable food donations benefitting the Yamhill County Food Bank will be accepted as admission. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517. ###