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W.S. Holland's rockin' anniversary

By Dan Lampariello
By dlampariello@wbbjtv.com

DOWNTOWN JACKSON, Tenn. -- A rockin' anniversary was held Saturday, all to honor one of West Tennessee's rockabilly legends.

Friends, fans, and other music legends all came out to the Carl Perkins Civic Center for W.S. Hollands big milestone.

"We're celebrating W.S.'s 60th anniversary in the entertainment business," Ron Harvey with the W.S. Holland Band said. "He started back in 1954 with Carl Perkins."

Hundreds of fans packed the Carl Perkins Civic Center, all to honor one of Jackson's own in a musical celebration.

"I think it's been a long time coming," Stand Perkins said. "W.S. Has called Jackson his home pretty much all of his life."

Perkins says Holland was an inspiration to him and it's even more special he's being celebrated on a stage that bears his fathers name.

"He was an original. He was the real deal," Perkins said. "He was the reason I wanted to start playing the drums at 14 years-old."

Holland was a pioneer in both county and rock and roll, serving as Johnny Cash's only drummer for 37 years. He says, he couldn't have done it without support from fans.

"So many things have happened to me," W.S. Holland said. "It all happened because of great people and it all happened because of great fans."

Fans who are as loyal as ever before.

"I have listened to W.S. Holland for years," Gerry Priddy said. "Johnny Cash has been my favorite singer since I was 16 years-old."

Many hope Holland's music will keep beating on for another 60 years. Other musicians who performed Saturday included Larry Gatlin, Earl Poole Ball and Dave Roe.