Billy Burnette

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": rockabilly country blues guitar rock and roll neo rockabilly soft rock slap bass roots rock under 2000 listeners Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

William Beau Burnette III, 8 May 1953, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Burnette was the son of country rock artist Dorsey Burnette, the nephew of rock singer Johnny Burnette, and the cousin of Rocky Burnette. With his family background and frequent visitors such as Elvis Presley and Gene Vincent dropping in to his home, Burnette was drawn to a musical career at a young age, and recorded his first single (‘Hey Daddy (I’m Gonna Tell Santa On You)’) at the age of seven under the name Billy Beau. He continued to do so until the age of 17, when he began performing as a session guitarist and songwriter in Nashville. He worked on the road with Brenda Lee and Roger Miller and had his songs recorded by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Charlie Rich, Glen Campbell and the Everly Brothers. Burnette recorded his first album under his own name in 1972, deliberately avoiding the rockabilly and 50s influences of his upbringing. He finally paid tribute to his heritage on a...

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