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Johnny Burnette The Train Kept A-Rollin' - Memphis to Hollywood :
The Complete Recordings 1955-1964

It's strange, the tricks that history plays. Johnny Burnette, now dead almost forty years, would never have guessed that his legendary status would not be rooted in the handful of hits he scored in the early Sixties, not even in the songs he crafted for Ricky Nelson, but for a handful of sessions he cut in 1956 and 1957. Those sessions resulted in no hits, yet generation after generation turns to them in search of rockabilly's primal yawp. The scorching vocals, stunning lead guitar, even the youthful infighting and jealousies heralded the dawn of a new era. When musicologists deconstruct rockabilly and when revivalists reconstruct it, they're usually trying to unravel the magic of Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio. This, though, is the complete arc of Johnny Burnette's career. So much happened in just nine years. The earliest recordings, dating from the last gasp of the hillbilly jamborees, gave way to the fury of the Rock 'n' Roll Trio, which in turn led to the Ricky Nelson era. Johnny tamed rockabilly's fire, but kept enough of the passion intact to make the songs he wrote for Ricky Nelson among the era's most listenable.

Then came his own hits, few in number but perfect encapsulations of the era. Finally, we encounter him in search of something new during the first rumblings of the British Invasion. Johnny Burnette's life was short. He not only lived through an amazing transition, but played a pivotal role in it. The Burnettes were well placed to be in the vanguard of the rock 'n' roll explosion. Johnny and his older brother Dorsey were two of the very few Memphis rockabillies actually from Memphis. Dorsey was born on December 28, 1932 and Johnny (or John Joseph to give him his full name) on March 28, 1934 (although when Johnny filled out his application for a Social Security card in 1951, he gave his birthdate as March 25, 1934…and when he became successful on Liberty, he gave his birthdate as 1938). Their parents were Willie May and Dorsey Burnett, Sr. (the 'e' was added later).

Dorsey was a distant relative of frontiersman Andy Burnette, who never achieved the legendary status of Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett, but was nevertheless the subject of a Disney TV movie in the 1950s. Dorsey, Sr. and Willie May were from Birmingham, Alabama. Both were stories in themselves. Willie was born on August 11, 1898, but her parents died before she was two years old, and she was fostered out to an aunt who married her off to a traveling evangelist named Sparks when she was thirteen. They had four children, but Johnny and Dorsey barely knew their half-siblings. Sparks took them to California, and they remained estranged from Willie. Apparently, Sparks died insane. When Willie was thirty years old, she met Dorsey Sr., then recuperating from a mining accident.

He had been trying to push a fellow worker from the path of an oncoming coal car and had lost part of one hand, leaving just his thumb and index finger, like a lobster claw. Willie nursed him back to health and they married. During the late years of the Depression, they hitchhiked across the country, and, at one point, were picked up by the gangster Pretty Boy Floyd. They spent several days with Floyd in a motel court in Oklahoma or Arkansas. When he left, he gave them fifty dollars, which they had to explain away to the police when they arrived. At some point, Dorsey and Willie moved to Memphis and started a little business selling sandwiches. When Johnny first remembered, they lived in the north end of Memphis. The house was small. "Dad built it hisself," said Johnny. "It looked like a matchbox. You could throw a cat through it." It's possible that the Burnettes actually lived outside the city limits because they don't figure into the city directories from the 1930s. Dorsey Sr. gave Johnny and Dorsey a pair of Gene Autry guitars in 1939. In an unerring foretaste of things to come, they broke the guitars over each others' heads. "Dad went out and bought us two more guitars," Dorsey said later.

"He said, 'Learn to play those guitars, you can be like those folks on the Grand Ole Opry.' We started playing parties, little dances, and weddings. We made little or no money, but we had a blast doing it." The Burnettes' hearts were in athletics. Johnny was a linebacker in his high school football team and a guard in their basketball team. "The football team was the lowest class football team in Memphis, but a determined one," Johnny said later. Johnny and Elvis' future bodyguard, Red West, engaged in several knock-down, drag-out conflicts on the football field. Dorsey and Johnny took up boxing on an amateur basis and Dorsey apparently reached the Golden Gloves championships.

In 1946-1947, though, Dorsey's career was derailed by a stint in the state training school. He and two others were apprehended and his accomplices went to jail, although Dorsey never told anyone what he'd done. He left school in 1949 and began working joe-jobs to help out the family. Johnny left Blessed Sacrament parochial school in 1948, and went to Catholic High.



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Johnny Burnette: The Ballads of Johnny Burnette
Art-Nr.: BCD17211
 

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(1-CD DigiPac - four panel - mit 36-page booklet. 30 tracks. Playing time: 72:48) The softer side of the rock 'n' roll god Johnny Burnette! Includes two early '60s classics, 'You're Sixteen' (later revived by Ringo Starr) and 'Dreamin''. Fabulous early '60s Los...

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Johnny Burnette: Rockabilly Boogie
Art-Nr.: BCD15474
 

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1-CD Album with 32-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 64 mns. For foaming-at-the-mouth rockabilly nothing will ever beat The Rock 'n' Roll Trio: Johnny Burnette (vocals, guitar), Dorsey Burnette (vocals, bass), and Paul Burlison (guitar). This collection...

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Johnny Burnette: Johnny Burnette & The Rock & Roll Trio (180gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18012
 

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LP, 180gram vinyl, rock ‘n’ roll, 12 tracks •     One of the first and maybe the greatest rockabilly LP ever! •    Includes The Train Kept A’Rollin’ – later recorded by the Yardbirds, Aerosmith and many others! •  ...

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Johnny Burnette: Johnny Burnette - Johnny Rocks
Art-Nr.: BCD16992
 

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Johnny Burnette - Johnny Rocks Johnny Burnette - 'Johnny Rocks' from the Bear Family CD Series - Rocks - Includes 11 super-rare Johnny Burnette demos recordings from the 1950s Sensational pictures of Johnny Burnette and a detailed 43 page book. Johnny...

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Johnny Burnette: That's The Way I Feel
Art-Nr.: CDRSR006
 

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(1994 / Rockstar) 32 tracks, 8-page booklet. This CD contains recordings made during the years 1959-1964 which was the most successful period of Johnny's career. The musical styles on this CD varies from popcorn teenage Pop to real Rockabilly. The bulk of the tracks...

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Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette: Johnny & Dorsey - The Burnette Brothers
Art-Nr.: CDRSR005
 

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(1994 / Rockstar) 33 tracks, 8-page booklet. - Last copies!!! The first of a double-barelled CD release by Johnny Burnette along with brother Dorsey. This selection contains material recorded for 'Freedom', 'Imperial', and 'Liberty', including several previously...

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Johnny Burnette: Sings & Story
Art-Nr.: CDBGO579
 

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​(2003/BGO) 24 tracks.

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Johnny Burnette: 20 Rock & Roll Hits - Vinyl LP (New Zealand)
Art-Nr.: LPMID32
 

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Johnny Burnette was born on the 25th of March 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee. He went to school with Elvis, and worked in the same firm as him in 1953. Johnny Burnette wanted to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Dorsey, who earned his money by boxing. But...

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Johnny Burnette: Johnny Burnette Sings Rare Items, Vol.2
Art-Nr.: LPLST7389
 

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Compilation from 1991 of Johnny Burnette Rare Tracks!

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Johnny Burnette: Johnny Burnette Sings Rare Items, Vol.1
Art-Nr.: LPLST7190
 

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Compilation from 1991 of Johnny Burnette Rare Tracks!

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Johnny Burnette: Hits & Other Favorites
Art-Nr.: LPLST7206
 

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20 tracks, recorded in the late 50s and early 60s!

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Johnny Busnette: Roses Are Red - Hits And Other Favorites (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO406
 

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​(1998/BGO) 24 tracks

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Johnny Burnette: We're Havin' A Party (LP)
Art-Nr.: RSRLP1017
 

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(1988/Rockstar) 20 tracks - These are 'Liberty', 'Freedom' and 'Imperial' label recordings, including a number of previously unissued demos by Johnny & Dorsey Burnette.

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Johnny Burnette: Legends Of Rock & Roll (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP798122
 

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​(1992/Liberty) 18 tracks

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Johnny Burnette: Tear It Up - Oh Baby Babe 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP02114
 

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1956 Rockabilly madness split of Coral 61651 and Coral 61675

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Johnny Burnette: Roses Are Red - Hits And Other Favourites
Art-Nr.: CD5336332
 

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CD on EMI RECORDS by Johnny Burnette - Roses Are Red - Hits And Other Favourites

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Johnny Burnette: Train Kept A-Rollin (9-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16438
 

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9-CD Box (LP-Format) mit 116-seitigem gebundenem Buch, 289 Einzeltitel, Spieldauer 638:35 Minuten. - Johnny Burnette was at the heart of rock 'n' roll music for almost ten years, and had a leading role in most of the changes that overtook the music from the...

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Johnny Burnette: Wampus Cat - Rock & Roll Demos Vol.2
Art-Nr.: LPNR309
 

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(2004/NORTON) 18 tracks

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Johnny Burnette: The Train Kept A-Rollin' - Honey Hush 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP02115
 

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All time classic Rockabilly monster from 1956. The Johnny Burnette Trio kept a-rollin' forever!

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Johnny Burnette: 25 Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5714452
 

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(2004/EMI) 25 tracks 1959-64

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Johnny Burnette: You Gotta Get Ready b-w Fantabulous 7inch, 45rpm, PS
Art-Nr.: 45NR185
 

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Early rock n’ roll demos! Johnny and Dorsey tear it up with a full band on the rockin’ You Gotta Get Ready from Norton’s CRAZY DATE LP while the frantic flip makes its first  appearance on wax! Both great tracks also available on Compact Disc: BCD 16438...

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Johnny Burnette: Rock And Roll Dreamer (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS157
 

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Johnny Burnette - Rock And Roll Dreamer (2-CD)

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Johnny Burnette: No Use In Livin' (45rpm, EP, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45ET15045
 

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(2015/El Toro) 4-track EP at 45rpm speed, wide center, picture sleeve. Burnette & Rock'n'Roll Trio live and outtakes. MM/Bear Family Records

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