Rock and Roll Highway

U.S. Highway 67 in northeast Arkansas was designated the Rock and Roll Highway in 2009. Little known fact outside the region.

But the stretch of highway from Walnut Ridge to Little Rock was a popular spot for up and coming rock and roll musicians to show off their talents. This was back in the early days of rock, the 1950s and 60s.

The most famous – and still standing – spot was the King of Clubs, owned and operated for about 50 years by the late Bob King. The club still stands, but someone else runs it now. Bob’s widow, Evelyn, still lives next door.

It sits along the highway just outside Swifton, with the adjoining club, King’s Capri.

The place is pretty much just a watering hole these days, but photos of past performers grace the walls to remind visitors of its glory days.

Among the most noted talents to play there were Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Conway Twitty, Gene Watson, and Johnny Cash.

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