Smiley Burnette

Smiley Burnette
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Biography

Lester Alvin Burnette, 18 March 1911, Summum, Illinois, USA, d. 16 February 1967, Encino, California, USA. Although making his name as the cowboy star’s ‘sidekick’, Burnette was a talented musician, who played over 50 musical instruments, ranging from harmonica to organ, proficiently (he could also play basic tunes on 50 more, some being of his own invention). He had his own band at Astoria High School, and in the early 30s, he performed a one-man vaudeville act and worked on the... Read more

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