Friday, March 25, 2016

Johnny Burnette was born this day in 1934

Johnny Burnette was born this day in 1934 in Memphis, TN.  Johnny and his older brother Dorsey formed a trio with guitarist Paul Burlison called The Rock and Roll Trio.  These wild, early rockabilly tunes have become classics with songs like "Train Kept A Rollin'", "Honey Hush", "Tear It Up", "Rock Billy Boogie", "Lonesome Train" and so many more.  Johnny & Dorsey also wrote many great hits for others including Ricky Nelson ("It's Late", "I Believe What You Say", "Waitin' In School" and more).  As a solo artist, Johnny enjoyed success with songs like "You're Sixteen", "God, Country & My Baby", "Dreamin", "Cincinnati Fireball" and more.  Burnette continued to record until his untimely death in August of 1964 at the young age of 30.

"Lonesome Train"

"Hound Dog"


"You're Sixteen"

"Cincinnati Fireball"

"Tear It Up" (live)