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Rockabilly Festival Rescheduled

August 13, 2001

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) _ A rockabilly festival in this city 80 miles from Memphis will be rescheduled next year to precede festivities surrounding the 25th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, organizers said.

Jackson, the home of ``Blue Suede Shoes″ writer Carl Perkins before his death in 1998, has staged a music festival for two years, the most recent in June. Henry Harrison, who runs the festival, said it will move to Aug. 8-11 in 2002 in hopes of attracting Presley fans.

Each August, events in Memphis mark the anniversary of Presley’s death on Aug. 16, 1977.

The International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame in Jackson, a one-room storefront museum owned by Harrison, displays the defibrillator and paddles used to try revive Presley the day he died. This year, it will offer four tours a day from Wednesday through Friday, with the hope of attracting tourists in the area for the Presley events.


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