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Johnny Burnette Tears It Up! A contemporary of
Elvis Presley
in the Memphis scene
of the mid-'50s,
Johnny Burnette
played a similar brand of
fiery, spare
wildman rockabilly.

He recorded a clutch
of singles in Nashville
for Decca in 1956 and 1957
that achieved only regional
success at the time.

However, these recordings
have since gone on to
become underground
favorites revered by
contemporary Rockabilly fans.

Although Johnny Burnette's road musicians Paul Burlison (Guitar) and Dorsey Burnette (Bass) are commonly credited with having been on these recordings,
recent research has shown
what many Rockabilly aficionados
have always suspected.
On most of the
'56 and '57 recordings
Johnny's energetic vocals
were backed by the
distinctive work of
legendary Nashville
session men:
Guitarist Grady Martin
Bassist Bob Moore.

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The trio disbanded in 1957,
and Johnny found pop
success as a teen idol
in the early '60s with hits
"You're Sixteen"
and "Dreamin'."

Burnette died in a
boating accident in 1964.
His brother, Dorsey,
achieved modest success
as a solo act
in the early '60s,
and Burlison recently resurfaced
as a member of the
Sun Rhythm Section.

Italy's rockabilly-guitar king Marco DiMaggio, holding JB's original high-school letter-sweater,
at Nashville's Country Music Hall Of Fame.
(Photo by Kittra Moore)