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, 1971 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) John Denver, Take Me Home, Country Roads ~ #2 (4) Jean Knight, Mr. Big Stuff ~ #1 (1) Bee Gees, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart


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

Certainly the free hand the [Rock 'n' Roll Trio] was given was never more important than on The Train Kept A Rollin, Before a live date in Philadelphia, Burlison had dropped his amplifier and, unbeknownst to him, partially disengaged one of the tubes. As a result, throughout the entire show his guitar had emitted a thick, fuzz-like tone. “We did the whole show with it that way,” he says. “Every song we played. Because I didn't know what it was.” But Burlison liked the sound and soon learned how to loosen the tube just enough to replicate it. At the studio in July, he suggested trying it out on a couple of tracks. Far from objecting to what essentially amounted to using faulty equipment, Bradley went along with the guitarist. By itself, the Trio's locomotive-speed rendition of ‘The Train Kept A Rollin,’ fueled by Johnny Burnette's out-of-breath screeching vocals, would have ranked as a rockabilly classic for the ages. But with Burlison playing a deceptively simple series of bass-string octaves through his fuzzed-out amp, the record proved an instant sensation within the industry itself. ~ reprint via Johnny Burnette ~ July 4, 1996 © Nashville Scene

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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