James Burton

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s
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21 August 1939, Dubberly, Louisiana, USA. One of the most distinguished of rock and country rock guitar players, Burton toured and recorded with Rick Nelson, Elvis Presley and numerous other artists. His first recording was the highly influential ‘Suzie-Q’, sung by Dale Hawkins in 1957. Burton also performed with country singer Bob Luman before moving to Los Angeles where he was hired to work with Nelson, then the latest teen sensation. For six years he toured and recorded with Nelson, perfecting a guitar sound known as ‘chicken pickin’’. This was achieved by damping the strings for staccato-sounding single-string riffs and solos. Among the best examples of this style are ‘Hello Mary Lou’, ‘Never Be Anyone Else But You’ and the more frantic, rockabilly-flavoured ‘Believe What You Say’.

Burton’s work in the 60s and 70s took him in contrasting directions. With pianist Glen D. Hardin (a...

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