Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Today 1964 : Johnny Burnette died
Growing up as a youngster in Memphis in the early fifties, Johnny became a golden gloves boxing champ. He always had an interest in music, which eventually led to his forming a musical trio consisting of his brother Dorsey on bass guitar and a friend of his, Paul Burlison, on electric guitar. They became known as the Johnny Burnette Trio. The three played together part time and worked full time as electricians in Memphis. They worked for the same electric company that employed a schoolmate of theirs as a truckers' helper. His name was Elvis Presley. In 1956, after playing at a few fairs, they left Memphis for New York and entered the Ted Mack competitions, where they won on top honors on the shows.
At this point they met Henry Jerome, who became their manager and got them a recording contract with Coral records. One of their first hits for the label, in 1956, was a song called "The Train Kept-A-Rollin" which had moderate success. After a few years together, the trio split up, Dorsey signed with ERA records by late 1959 and Johnny signed with Liberty records about the same time. By the summer of 1960, Johnny had his first national hit with "Dreamin'". Although Johnny died in a fishing accident in Clear Lake California in 1964, his son Rocky is keeping the Burnette name alive with songs like the 1980 hit "Tired of Toein' The Line" for EMI-America records.
In the comment a fine overview of his work with 18 songs (Legends of Rock'n'roll : see the scan above).
If you like that and want more go and buy that terrific Bear Family 9 CD set called Train Kept A-Rollin (of which you see a scan on the right) containing all his work (286 songs) along with a fine over 100 page book. It just costs Euro 190.
Labels: burnette brothers
01-Burnette, Johnny - Cincinnatti fireball
02-Burnette, Johnny - Girls
03-Burnette, Johnny - You'll learn to cry
04-Burnette, Johnny - Dreamin'
05-Burnette, Johnny - Clown shoes
06-Burnette, Johnny - That's the way I feel
07-Burnette, Johnny - Gimme gimme lovin'
08-Burnette, Johnny - Lonesome waters
09-Burnette, Johnny - Standing on the outside of her door
10-Burnette, Johnny - You're sixteen
11-Burnette, Johnny - Dream lover
12-Burnette, Johnny - A lover's question
13-Burnette, Johnny - Second chance
14-Burnette, Johnny - Fools like me
15-Burnette, Johnny - Sweet baby doll
16-Burnette, Johnny - Let me be with you
17-Burnette, Johnny - Love kept a-rollin'
18-Burnette, Johnny - Little boy sad
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File is a small 35MB, 'cause the songs are only in 128kbits
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