Monday, August 3, 2009
The Memphis Commercial Appeal has posted the sad news that Rock legend Billy Lee Riley has passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 75. Riley was a true American original and one of the most important, if often overlooked, Rock Pioneers of the fifties. Riley's best known song, the still smoking "Red Hot", is one of early Rock's great masterworks. Riley was a heavy influence on many that followed, including Bob Dylan (who covered the song below in 1978) and he will be missed. My best to his family and friends.