EIN – It’s great to know you’re still working as hard as ever & with such great performers. EIN – How did you get to see so many of Elvis’ performances in Las Vegas. James Burton: Oh no, Rick and I pretty much worked the songs up, and we would put our ideas together. When we do the ‘Elvis: The Concert’ show now, some of those songs are so fast, like ‘Hound Dog’. So I was really supposed to be on that plane that killed Otis and the band – but having to stay back for the overdubs on ‘Dock Of The Bay’ saved my life! I don’t care how strong you are, drugs are bad. J.B – I remember Elvis knocking on Glen D Hardin’s door one morning. Seine Eltern erkannte sein Talent und schenkten ihm seine erste akustische Gitarre im Alter von 13 Jahren. "The first time I heard Andrew play I knew we would be perfect together. (EIN Note: James Burton's classic guitar work on Rick Nelson's "Fools Rush In" was closely copied for Elvis' 1971 version) He loved his kids, boy I tell you, his youngest child, Sam, is a great singer, too. EIN – Were you brought in for sessions or did you play for whoever came along. EIN – You’ve done a lot of touring in your time. Then we would also go with Elvis twice a year to The Hilton to play Vegas. James Burton Interview - Rick Nelson & Elvis: An important 25-year milestone passed recently. We did that for about 10 years. I said, "Gee, Jack, what do we do?" How did it come about and what’s the connection with Mick Gerace? 'A Minnesota Moment' FTD in-depth review: CD: The American Way Vol. James Burton: When I actually left to do Shindig, which stayed on for a year, I got so busy, I was doing five, six sessions per day, seven days a week, working with every artist you can think of. Feb 5, 2016 - Explore Judith Paterson's board "James Burton", followed by 418 people on Pinterest. The sort after 1995 LP, "The Memphis Horns & Special Guests". Fifty-three Rick Nelson singles reached the Billboard Pop 100 chart. There you can also find out about how to purchase Wayne’s handwritten sheet music of the legendary horn parts to his classic songs, including ‘Dock of the Bay’, and ‘Suspicious Minds.’, For more info click here to go to Wayne Jackson's 'Sweet Medicine Music', Click here for EIN's interview with James Burton. Elvis is standing there & says “I want to do this new song. The impersonators just don’t have it. We loved to laugh together. Jack Good, the producer of Shindig, was a big fan of mine, and said, "Oh man, I love all those solos on the Rick Nelson records, and I want you to be on the show every week." I don’t know if Jerry Lee would have liked that, it would be like working with Elvis, you wouldn’t want to go onstage with somebody before Elvis’ show, it wouldn’t look good. But the songwriters really had their day with him, including Mark James and ‘Suspicious Minds.’ In fact Mark James is a good friend of mine and we wrote some songs together. Some of those tunes are so incredibly fast that they just don’t make a lot of sense. One day the doctor just woke up & said “Hey, no more, that’s it!”. However Horace says, “You know son, I’m into Hillbilly & Country music, I’m not into Rock n’ Roll!” What a missed opportunity! James Burton: I suggested ‘Fools Rush In’, that was my fault! What a wonderful history you have. We also worked with U2 when they recorded there in 1988 to produce their ‘Rattle & Hum’ album. His first recorded track was the Dale Hawkins hit, "Susie Q", in 1957. The drummer was Earl Palmer, a big guy who passed away in September 2008. I’ve gotta make arrangements and get all my stuff together here." Andrew and I reckon that as The Memphis Horns we have performed on over 300 number One singles! He looked incredible & tanned & healthy but just a few weeks after that and he was gaining weight again. It worked out, I didn’t actually lose anything, and I gained another wonderful person to work with doing live shows. He wasn’t really thrilled about it, but Bob was happy for us. Just spontaneous rock n’ roll! Eventually we were put on a staff salary that made up for it. W.J – I remember that week (December 8th 1967) so well because I had gone out with Otis to Hernando’s Hideaway the Thursday night and he was such a nice young man - and just 2 days later he was dead. Original video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk28kAdCmz4 For more, check out my other sites! After years of constant, gruelling touring, and running away from his early success, Rick returned to his rockabilly roots by the dawn of the early 1980s, forming a new band led by guitarist Bobby Neal, drummer Ricky Intveld, pianist Andy Chapin, and bassist Patrick Woodward. They were tearing my jacket off, my shirt, they just wanted to rip my head off, they didn’t know what they were doing, and it was downright scary. It was real fun, and it allowed everyone to relax much more than they could if we were all at his Graceland house. Hier sah James Burton einen 53er Fender Telecaster und war fasziniert von dem Instrument. Rick had his greatest success between 1957 and 1963, and during those years he was second only to Elvis Presley, an amazing achievement. Of course I get some funny looks sometimes but it’s fun! James Burton: Bob was happy for us, he was happy for me, that Rick was interested in hiring me to be his guitar player. We had a home out in the valley in Tarzana, out in Canoga Park, so the next day James Kirkland jumped up and ran outside to get the newspaper. Well that song was one, also ‘Susie-Q’ and another song, remember ‘Early Morning Rain’? I still did the occasional tour, including a highly successful one of the Far East (Japan, The Philippines, Taiwan) in April 1966 with Glen Campbell on bass, who also played rhythm acoustic guitar and provided occasional background vocals in the studio with Rick beginning in 1961. Legendary guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton will be celebrating his 80th birthday in August. Only seventeen years old, the same age as Rick, James Burton had already contributed one of the greatest solos on record to Dale Hawkins’ "Suzie Q," backed up scores of artists on the Louisiana Hayride, and subsequently joined country/rockabilly star Bob Luman. To us it was just "family" but we had craziness & screaming fans all along the way. TCB! EIN – I loved the story of your early days when you went motor-cycling with Ricky Nelson, Eddie Cochran & Gene Vincent! James Burton is rarely interviewed in-depth but kindly agreed to an extensive conversation recalling his time with the legendary Rick Nelson, as well as thoughts on Elvis. James Burton (né le 21 août 1939 à Minden, en Louisiane) est un guitariste américain, membre du Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Il est cependant surtout considéré comme le guitariste d'Elvis Presley de 1969 à la mort de ce dernier survenue en 1977.C'est aussi un guitariste de studio très prolifique. Elvis held his family values highly. While the majority of fans only recall James Burton's work with Elvis, it is appropriate that the 25th anniversary of Rick Nelson’s death turn the spotlight back to James’ early collaboration with one of his best friends. You have to. James Burton - About meeting Elvis Auch diese Gitarre war akustisch. Well Chip Young and I were just sitting in Studio B and playing around with the melody and both on acoustic guitars. 'Elvis In Ottawa' Spotlight & Elvis Interview: "Kissed By Elvis" Janet Fulton Interview: The Music of Elvis Presley - Australian Radio Show, Elvis Presley In Concert "downunder" 2006, Graceland - The National Historic Landmark. He loved his food and his maid in Graceland would just be cooking all those bad things. EIN – Interestingly Dusty Springfield’s fabulous LP ‘Dusty In Memphis’ was released on the same day January 13, 1969 that Elvis came in to American Studios to record! I was only eighteen years old and I’m leaving home, you know. Everybody said, "Yeah, sure, why not?" (Interviews, Source;JeremyRoberts/Examiner.com), Click here for EIN's interview with Tony Joe White, Click here for EIN's interview with Wayne Jackson. EIN – Thinking about that, isn’t it truly amazing for you to have the chance to continue Elvis’ legacy by still going out and doing these shows. I can’t wait for you to hear it! W.J - Once in a while we’d go out to Graceland. Hey guys, It’s Labor Day weekend and I’m so excited to announce it’s a “Play It James” Labor Day Weekend on Elvis SiriusXM Radio with a new episode of The James Burton Elvis Radio Hour, featuring John Carter Cash and classic episodes with our friends Bryan May, Sammy Hagar and Tanya Tucker! with his prestige and everything . That is unbelievable! He liked my horn sound and so anytime they needed horns at American they’d call us up. But that all happened before I got into the business. : Elvis Week Through The Years - Sanja Meegin looks back: 'The Wedding' Elvis & Priscilla EIN special Spotlight: Elvis at Madison Square Garden 40 Years Ago. After that, she asked Elvis for a scarf and a kiss. Rick was on the verge of being a real gigantic superstar. See more ideas about James burton, Burton, James. There really was a guy with an automatic rifle on the roof in case of something bad happened - especially after Martin Luther King died. There was of course a lot more magic in recording Elvis than there was in recording a nobody but American studios had some great talent going through it at the time. (Right:Rick Nelson, James Burton and bass player Joe Osborn). Delaney Bramlett sang and played bass, Joey Cooper played rhythm guitar and sang, Glen D. Hardin (of the TCB Band) on piano, Chuck Blackwell on drums (he came out from Oklahoma with Leon Russell), and myself on lead guitar, so that was The Shindogs, and we did 90 percent of the recording for the show with all the artists that came. EIN – Booker T & the MGs along with the Mar-keys was a great mixture of soulful black & white musicians. Those things he fell into will destroy and distort anyone. Louise said, "Turn the TV on, Rick and his entire band just had a plane crash!" But he had a terrible thing with gaining weight and then he’d loose it real fast. Wasn’t there a lot of pressure on you to make sure that it all sounded perfect & ‘rehearsed’? J.B – Oh, yeah, we had such a great time! "I opened up the case, and it smelled like oil and brass. James Burton: Johnny Cash called me to play slide dobro with him on the very first pilot show for Shindig. Twitter: jburtonmusic. We’re the best of friends, the whole family as well as Rick’s kids. Born in Minden, Louisiana, on August 21, 1939, James Burton began playing guitar at the age of thirteen, and turned professional the following year. He might give you a whole solo or he might give you two or possibly cut you short, you never knew. And as they dragged him off-stage, some 10.000 kids were turning the stage over. James’ replacement, Joe Osborn, lives about fifteen minutes away from me in a little town. What is the piece of work that you a most proud of? But he was the type of guy that once you got to know him, you understood more about his personality. -Copyright EIN May 2006 - Does it register that 25 years have passed since Rick left us so soon at the early age of 45? Q: Tell us a little about Rick’s personality. We were young and things were going fast, with a lot of things happening. We did a few shows and had a great time. On our break we’d go outside and hang around with Elvis or whoever was with him in the parking lot. We played Steel Pier at Atlantic City five years in a row to incredible audiences, we would play six or seven shows a day, we would come on and do twenty minutes, then Les Brown’s orchestra would play twenty minutes, Bobby Rydell, Jimmy Clanton, Dion & The Belmonts, groups like that coming in every twenty minutes. For a while I was going from eight o’clock in the morning to about 4am the same night and this went on for months and months. Elvis came in and said, “What is that?” and then he started humming the melody and started remembering the words. She would plan her tours around Elvis’, so she could have both men in her band as well. “In 1969 Elvis asked me to put a band together for him to open in Las Vegas at the International Hotel,” Burton says. So that’s what we did. He said, "Boys, that’s a great thing, I wish I could offer you more." Al Green wasn't making pop records any more and Steve Cropper had left town. Rick had his greatest success between 1957 and 1963, and during those years he was second only to Elvis Presley, an amazing achievement. W.J – Yeah, in later years Elvis fell into bad habits. James Burton: Oh, tricky Ricky, he always went by Rick, although during the early run of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, he was "Ricky". I think Rick’s music is still very popular, and it’s just as good today as the day we recorded it. God has blessed me and my music and I thank him everyday for that and for every day that I’m living. For Elvis fans who might not be aware, Rick Nelson first broke onto the national scene as one of the stars of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, a US sitcom based on his actual family, including his older brother, David, his mother, Harriet, and his father, the brilliant genius behind it all, Ozzie. I couldn’t even pick one up! Later, we were in one of those little bungalows, setting up and playing, when Ozzie, Harriet, David, Wally (portrayed by actor Skip Young), and all the gang came over. They had a number one instrumental smash called, 'Last Night.' At that first rehearsal with him, he came in and we shook hands and talked like we'd known each other for years. I knew that it was going to be a landmark record for Elvis because it was about such a current topic. I just couldn’t see how he could gain & lose weight so fast without doing his health some damage. We were at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve 1984. Since the James Burton Foundation is a 501(c) non-profit organisation, all donations are tax deductible. At only age 14, Burton went professional, working club gigs and private parties. He said, "We’ll form this group, and you’ll be called The Shindogs." James Burton - On Elvis recording ‘Susie Q’ and ‘Fools Rush In’. And sometimes we’d troop out to the Fairgrounds with him - which was a lot of fun. Well it was just like that room - which still has all the magic hanging around in there. Burton is a native of Louisiana, born in 1939, who started his professional career in music at the age of 14. James Burton got the call to play lead guitar and to help put together a new rhythm band for Elvis in early 1969 in preparation for Elvis upcoming Las Vegas engagement that summer. I also think I’m right in saying that you were the only TCB band member who never took a day off and was there for every Elvis show? I truly miss Rick, and I hope to continue doing great work with his kids: Tracy, Gunnar, Matthew, and Sam. I just got a chill up my spine hearing that. But we were working really hard making hit records and I needed more than three or four hours sleep! James Burton: My wife, Louise, and I had a home in Las Vegas since I had worked with Elvis so long, and we had went to Vegas during that weekend in 1985 for New Year’s Eve. But he did love Elvis. We were always friends and very close. The Presence of James Elvis Burton's profile does not indicate a business or promotional relationship of any kind between RelSci and James Elvis Burton. We’d never been to Europe before and me being a country boy from the sleepy, cotton-town of West Memphis (Arkansas), even Memphis was a big deal. J.B – Mick called me and said that he had an idea of doing some shows and would we be interested in performing with him. He said this is what it looks like on paper, and I said, "Oh wow, looks like a bunch of blackbirds on a fence.". They recommended him to me, saying just how much we would enjoy working with him. Someone who don’t look like him, dress like him or perform like him because Elvis was the only one! It is very nice to talk to you. Elvis remembered the policemen were dragging him off the stage and he still had the mike in his hand and was trying to sing. Turn the machines on boys!" I mean most singers who go to Las Vegas get ‘Vegas throat’ because of the dry air and they can’t sing, while Elvis kept going doing 2 shows a night! The second book in the series, "The Memphis Horns" deals with Memphis in the 70's, Stax and even more glimpses of Elvis. Subscribe to EIN's FREE online newsletter, - To read the complete interview with even more historical photos and Rick Nelson stories -. So we never actually ran into each other. Q: Where were you when you received the news of Rick’s plane crash? Rick quickly realized he needed a talented band to convey his musical vision, and within a few months, James Burton of Shreveport, Louisiana, became Rick’s lead guitar player. The rest is music history. You know the single we did ‘Promised Land’? What a heart-wrenching three days we had that August in 1977. It was the same thing with ‘Fools Rush In.’ Just too bad I didn’t write 3 or 4 songs to get him to sing! We were onstage, and boy, here they come. EIN – You worked on The Louisiana Hayride and Shreveport is where you grew up. Selected back issues of FREE online newsletter. EIN Website content © Copyright the Elvis Information Network. I reckon you might even feel it even if you didn’t know what it was because there are such energies left over from all that creativity. Perfect ‘simplicity’ is the real key. I did 4 or 5 studio sessions every day and 7 days a week. James Burton and his famous friends. It was nothing like "let's get acquainted" or anything like that. Can you talk about that era a bit? I thought "My God, here we all are genuinely in the ghetto!" He would come to some clubs we worked at and he’d sometimes park out the back behind the Rainbow Room. We laughed and travelled all over the world making records and touring with artists of all genres. J.B – That was my fault! Andrew & I were supposed to go out to beef-up their sound but we had to stay and do the overdubs on ‘Dock Of The Bay’. He says ”Hey, let’s record that! Michael Cawthray, 43, punched and kicked Jeff Burton, James Burton's son. The Memphis Horns still funky after all these years. James Burton, the host of the International Guitar Festival, presented with his guitar friends and a throng of fans and friends, “A Tribute to Elvis” over two days of celebration. Wayne Jackson was interviewed by Piers Beagley for EIN, September 2002/2006. J.B – I am just honoured. After years of constant, gruelling touring, and running away from his early success, Rick returned to his rockabilly roots by the dawn of the early 1980s, forming a new band led by guitarist Bobby Neal, drummer Ricky Intveld, pianist Andy Chapin, and bassist Patrick Woodward. James Burton Dishes on Leaving the Shadows for the Bright Lights of Hollywood By Steven Gaydos. All these great friends are gone, it’s so sad. J.B – Thank you & I’m really looking forward to coming over to Australia again playing with the band and spending some time meeting people. I actually remember us messing around with ‘Susie-Q’ in the studio but I don’t know whether they actually got any of it on tape. J.B – That is so correct. James Burton has remembered Elvis on Facebook: It's so hard to believe it's been 43 years today since we buried my friend, Elvis. The first time I actually heard Elvis sing ‘In the Ghetto’ however I was quietly sitting with my horn and looking at the music. We would tell him what we wanted, and that was cool. It was just a recording session that just happened to be with Elvis. My son’s ex-wife called to tell us the news, but I didn’t take the call. J.B – No we didn’t. Elvis Drummer Jerome "Stump" Monroe EIN Interview: 'Bringing It All Back Home' CD/Book Review: Aloha From Oahu, Hawaii - In search of Oahu Elvis. Born in Memphis and raised across the river Wayne Jackson's love of music began with a guitar. 'The On Stage Season' FTD In-Depth Review: 'The Elvis Files Vol. I know that you’ve met Tony - & let me tell you that he is as funky as always and he inspired me to do my very best work! ". By 12th grade Wayne Jackson found himself playing with a group called The Mar-Keys. It was very exciting. So although we did overdub the horns on ‘In The Ghetto’ Elvis actually sang with us while we overdubbed those. J.B – Gee, that’s a tough one for me! We’ll be playing the music that Elvis would appreciate, the way that only the TCB band can and it will be wonderful. The facility will showcase Burton's collection of guitars and classic cars as well as models from some of his celebrity friends. Otis Redding, me & Andrew Love & Booker T & the MGs. Bevor James mit dem Spielen der Gitarre begann, trommelte er mit Besenstielen auf allem, was er im Haushalt finden konnte. 4 - Sound of the City, Book: Elvis The Louisiana Hayride Years 1954-56, Film Posters & Lobby Cards - a photo gallery. Thomas and Elvis Presley. James stayed on as the lead guitarist for the TCB Band until Elvis passed away in 1977. James Burton September 4 at 8:31 AM Hey guys, It’s Labor Day weekend and I’m so excited to announce it’ ... s a “Play It James” Labor Day Weekend on Elvis SiriusXM Radio with a new episode of The James Burton Elvis Radio Hour, featuring John Carter Cash and classic episodes with our friends Bryan May, Sammy Hagar and Tanya Tucker! The Geraldo Rivera ("20/20") investigations into Elvis' death. What do you think the black Memphians thought of Elvis? James Burton was interviewed by Piers Beagley, August 21st 2003. A new record contract with Curb Records was being finalized on the day Rick and his band passed away, and we’ll never know what might have been. Sadly it is not that way in Memphis anymore. James Burton: Before I met him I've always had the feeling that Elvis might be a little . He has played on over 100 Top Ten records and still is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He'll talk to anybody. Ozzie said, "If you accept it, I’ll send you a telegram, just sign the telegram and send it back to me.".
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