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Among those present for the "Rock 'n' Roll Highway" bill signing on Friday were (from left): Billy Lee Riley, State Rep. J.R. Rogers, Gov. Mike Beebe and Sonny Burgess. Rock and roll pioneers Riley and Burgess both recorded at Sun Records in the 1950s.

Stretch of 67 designated
'Rock 'n' Roll Highway'

U.S. Highway 67 in Lawrence, Randolph and Jackson counties will now be known as "Rock 'n' Roll Highway67." State Rep. J.R. Rogers of Walnut Ridge sponsored a bill to make the designation, and it has been approved and signed by Gov. Mike Beebe.

The bill signing took place at the Capitol in Little Rock on Friday.

The bill notes that Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino are among the famous names that played along the newly named section of highway.

Rock and roll pioneers Billy Lee Riley and Sonny Burgess, both present for the bill signing, played along U.S. 67 in the 1950s and continue to do so today.

Rogers said that he hopes the renamed stretch of highway will be used to boost tourism and economic development, as well as mark the area's musical history.

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