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Mack Self Gravesite (Caldwell Family Cemetery)

Mack Self (May 22, 1930-June 14, 2011)  is buried in the Caldwell Family Cemetery.  Born Wiley Laverne Self in Calico Bottom, Arkansas, he was a guitar player, singer, songwriter and one of the pioneers of the 1950s rockabilly music craze. Playing on radio station KXJK in Forrest City, he was signed by Sam Phillips of Sun Records in Memphis in 1955. He cut his first record "Easy to Love," released in 1957, which became a hit. As part of the Sun Records stable, he toured and recorded with artists Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Conway Twitty, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. In 1992, with his Silver Dollar Band, Self opened a publishing company and released the singles "I Wish I Had a Silver Dollar" and "Calico Bottoms." He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 1993.   A stop on the Arkansas Delta Music Trail: Sounds from the Soil and Soul.

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