Johnny Burnette, singer
Johnny Burnette & the Rock 'n' Roll Trio
birth name: John Joseph Burnette

Johnny Burnette

March 25, 1934, Memphis, TN ~ August 14, 1964, Clear Lake, CA

Burnette gained prominence in 1973 both for the inclusion of ‘You’re Sixteen’ on the American Graffiti soundtrack and for Ringo Starr's version of the same song. In addition, Burnette's original song was recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. One of his songs, Train Kept A-Rollin' by Tiny Bradshaw, would later be recorded by The Yardbirds, Motörhead and Aerosmith. ~ Wikipedia: Johnny Burnette ~ retrieved August 12, 2013 © Wikipedia

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August 14, 1993 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) SWV, Weak ~ #2 (2) Tag Team, Whoomp! (There It Is) ~ #1 (1) UB40, Can't Help Falling In Love


In 2012 two albums by Johnny Burnette (solo) made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #291 Roses Are Red (1962) ~ #21 Dreamin' (1960)

Johnny Burnette & the Rock n Roll Trio

What is it about Memphis and railroads? Two of my favorite train songs are by The Johnny Burnette Trio, which holds the distinction of having two members - Johnny and his brother Dorsey - who were born and raised in Memphis (most of the iconic artists who recorded there came from other parts of the south). Train Kept A-Rollin’ was originally an R&B hit by Tiny Bradshaw and, much later, survived a hard-rock makeover by Aerosmith. Lonesome Train benefits from a blazing lead by Nashville session guitarist Grady Martin and, like the Bradshaw cover, still packs a wallop nearly 60 years after it was recorded. The Dorseys probably should’ve stopped right there… or at least before recording Midnight Train - a sappy, pseudo-folk number that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Burl Ives album. ~ Rubber City Review: My Baby Thinks She's A Train ~ November 19, 2015 © Rubber City Review

Johnny Burnette & the Rock and Roll Trio ~ Train Kept A-Rollin' (Kay/Mann/Bradshaw) ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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