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James Burton

Biography

Blessed in Minden, LA, on August 21, 1939, influential guitarist Adam Burton got his begin in the 1950s being a back-up musician on the air display Louisiana Hayride, where he met Dale Hawkins. Hawkins’ 1957 strike, “Suzie Q,” was the initial within a string of successes to feature the youthful Burton. A six-year stint (1958-1964) documenting and touring in Ricky Nelson’s music group followed, subsequently getting him several cameo parts on Ozzie & Harriet. Due to his outstanding and unique electric guitar abilities — he perfected a method he dubbed “poultry pickin'” — Burton quickly arrived jobs being a aspect musician for the diverse ensemble including: Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees, Elvis Presley’s music group (from 1969 until Presley’s loss of life in 1977), Gram Parsons, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, John Denver, Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard (using the last mentioned two he was a significant catalyst within the fine-tuning from the Bakersfield sound). He afterwards lent his abilities to many Elvis Costello recordings in addition to those by Gillian Welch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and countless others. With this plan, it is no real surprise that Burton provides just cut two information of his have more than a 40-calendar year profession; both his 1969 debut, Corn Pickin’ and Slick Slidin’, and his 1971 providing, The Guitar Noises of Adam Burton, offer spotlights on his renowned pickin’.

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Full Name James Burton
Profession Actor, Guitarist
Nationality American
Spouse Louise Burton
Children Melanie Louise Blythe, Jeff Burton
Parents Lola Poland, Guy M. Burton
Awards Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance, Academy of Country Music Award for Guitar Player of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Specialty Instrument(s) of the Year
Music Groups TCB Band, The Wrecking Crew, The Strangers, The John Denver Band
Music Songs Corn Pickin', Mystery Train, Polk Salad Annie, Rock And Raunch, Fools Rush In, The Texas Waltz, Moonshine, Fire And Rain, Susie-Q, Johnny B Goode, Delta Lady, There Goes My Everything, Cannonball Rag, Sneaky Strings, Hi-Heel Sneakers, Only the Young, Fool's Paradise, Long Reach, Comin' Home Baby, That's All Right, Leave My Woman Alone, Spanish Eyes, Bad Apple, Sleep Walk, So in Love, Where Would You Get your Coat?, Flip, Flop and Fly, The Tale of the Oyster, Your Cheatin' Heart, Hound Dog, 1 Minute With You, In the Still of the Night
Albums Corn Pickin' and Slick Slidin', Guitar Heroes, It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad), The Guitar Sounds Of James Burton, The Cole Porter Songbook, Swinging Doors, Classic Moves, Country (Rock Blues) Songs! the Best... [It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, Two More Bottles Of Wine, Trouble Is A Woman, Bartender's Blues, Feelin' Single And Seein' Double, I Know That He Loves Me, Blue Suede Shoes...]
Movies Elvis on Tour, Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite, Heart Like a Wheel, Burnzy's Last Call, Nowhere Man, The Guardian, Wonderful World, Rock Prophecies, The Legendary Guitar of James Burton, Learn Southern Rock Guitar With 6 Great Masters!, Lost Prophet


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1 Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
2 In 1969, Elvis Presley asked him to put together a band for his comeback to live performances. Burton agreed to do it and went on to create Elvis' famed "TCB Band", with whom he played lead guitar in more than 1000 Presley concerts, between 1969 and 1977.
3 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 (under the category Side-Men).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances 2014 TV Series The After Midnight Band: Trombone
Wonderful World 2009 McRory
The Guardian 2006/I Guitar - Chicago Catz
Heart Like a Wheel 1983 Guitar Player, Tex's Band
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet 1957-1966 TV Series Lead Guitarist
The Patty Duke Show 1965 TV Series Lead Guitarist
Carnival Rock 1957 Guitar Player (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... 2008 TV Series musician - 2 episodes
John Denver: The Wildlife Concert 1995 TV Movie documentary musician: guitar & dobro
The Monkees 1966 TV Series musician - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Marty Stuart Show 2011 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Shindig! 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Workers Con 2016 Documentary filming

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wrecking Crew! 2008 Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Huckabee 2014 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
John Denver: Country Boy 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Richest Songs in the World 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Guitarist
Great Performances 2011 TV Series Himself
The Marty Stuart Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
FIREBALL RUN: The Movie 2010 Himself
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 Himself
Rock Prophecies 2009 Documentary
Aloha from Sweden 2006 Video Himself
Larry King Live 2005 TV Series Himself
Ricky Nelson Sings 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
One Night of Sin 2003 Video documentary Himself - Musician (as The TCB Band)
Elvis: His Life and Times 1997 TV Special
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Elvis: The Tribute 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer
Rökrock - The Non-History of Rock'n Roll 1990 TV Movie documentary
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself - Guitar
Presley 1987 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Love Me Tender: A Tribute to the Music of Elvis Presley 1987 TV Movie Himself
Elvis in Concert 1977 TV Special documentary Himself
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii 1973 TV Special documentary Himself - Band Member
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Rehearsal Concert 1973 TV Movie Himself - Band Member
Elvis on Tour 1972 Documentary Himself
Elvis: That's the Way It Is 1970 Documentary Himself - Musician
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Himself - Guitarist / Himself - Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wrecking Crew! 2008 Documentary Himself
Elvis: #1 Hit Performances 2007 Video Himself
Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas 2007 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender 2006 Video Himself
Elvis: The Ultimate Live Collection 2005 Video Himself
Elvis: The Lost Performances 1992 Video Himself

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