Monday, July 21, 2008

Johnny Burnette Rock'n'Roll Trio !

Yes folks ! The legenday Johnny Burnette rock’n’roll trio !
Boy, I can’t believe I forgot to post his avatar after 4 years of blogging (thanks for reminding me in the last comments)!
The band was one of my first musical shock ! Well you know, nobody’s perfect.

So yeah, make room for John Joseph "Johnny" Burnette !
After leaving high school, Johnny tried his hand at becoming a professional boxer, but after one fight with a sixty dollar purse and a broken nose or an encounter with Norris Ray, a top paycheck of $150 and a broken nose, he decided to quit the ring. He went to work on the barges traversing the Mississippi River, where Dorsey Burnette also worked. Johnny worked mainly as a deck hand while Dorsey worked as an oiler. Both of the brothers worked separately, but they would take their guitars on board and write songs during their spare time. After work they would go back to Memphis, where they would perform those and other songs at local bars, with a varying array of sidemen, including another former Golden Gloves champion named Paul Burlison, whom Dorsey had met at an amateur boxing tournament in Memphis in 1949.
And at one time or another, Dorsey, Johnny and Presley all worked for Crown Electric in Memphis. Burlison and the Burnette brothers worked in various aspects of the music business around Memphis and formed their group in 1953.
Paul Burlison had done some work with Howlin' Wolf, and it was Burlison's buzz-saw-like guitar work that gave the group it's distinct sound.
They attempted to record at Sam Phillips' local Sun Records recording studio, but were turned down !
So for economic reasons, in 1956, the three young men moved to New York, where they managed to get an audition with the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. They won the competition three times in a row, which gained them a place in the finals, a recording contract with Coral Records and they officially became The Rock and Roll Trio. They also gained a manager, band leader Henry Jerome, and a drummer, Tony Austin (who was a cousin of Carl Perkins).
They recorded the jump blues tune Train Kept A-Rollin' and Tear It Up, neither of which became big-selling records but both of which are regarded today as important recordings in the evolution of rockabilly music. Dorsey left the group later in 1956 and was replaced by an old colleague from Memphis, Johnny Black, whose brother Bill would reach the charts several times in the years to come with his instrumental group, Bill Black's Combo.
Anyway, Johnny and Dorsey Burnette and visionary lead guitarist Paul Burlison, are the great lost rockabilly group of all time !
Their 1956-1957 recordings contains the rawest, purest rockabilly ever made !

Johnny Burnette Rock'n'Roll Trio :
* The Train Kept A-Rollin' *
* Midnight Train *
(An absolute all-time Frosty favorite !)
* Tear It Up *
* Touch Me *

And a beautiful pic of the rock'n'roll trio with Gene Vincent, saying hello to everyone.

Have a nice week folks !
I'm off to see Mr Tom Waits on Thursday, yeah !


Blogger All Memphis Music said...

If you like the Rock N Roll Trio, you'll love

2:22 AM  
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Blogger erik hogstrom said...

Johnny Burnette is my favorite 1950s rocker.

2:51 AM  
Anonymous sue said...

wow, burnette rocks !

10:44 AM  
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4:14 PM  
Blogger Testify said...

Gene AND The Rock n Roll Trio. WOW!

9:30 PM  
Blogger Eegah!! & Tabonga! said...

So when does the money start rolling in??

Remember I told you I couldn't figure out if I was Johnny Burnette or Howlin' Wolf? It's worse now!! Now I don't know if I'm a movie or a song!!

6:05 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thanks fellows.

D., You know I want the big face money !
Gee don't tell me, I don't even know who am I anymore.
They even called me Johnny Wolf last week.

11:29 PM  

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