Unfortunately I never did play at the same time that Elvis was there. With the Bob Luman band we had a very similar format, played the same songs and in the same style, with a stand-up bass and me playing lead. We were always friends and very close. We were 25 years old. One of my favourites. They weren’t very long, probably 45-minute shows. I like the hills and the way it feels and almost anywhere you go you run into songwriters. We would be playing poker upstairs while they were cutting tracks downstairs. I guess they stood about everything they could, they were dying to get over that fence and come and attack us. 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! Stax was a little nearer Graceland, but American & Hi studios, all of them were in the worst parts of town. We would perform 4 weeks straight and we’d do 2 shows a night non-stop everyday for thirty days! 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. And as they dragged him off-stage, some 10.000 kids were turning the stage over. Right: Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love. If you met him for the first time, your impression would be, ‘Boy, this guy is really quiet and shy’. He invited me to come back and be Rick’s lead guitar player, which I thought was pretty cool. James Burton Elvis Guitarist James Burton was Elvis Presleyâs Guitarist 1969 -1977 James Burton was Inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame James Burton performed with Elvis Presley. It just seems like our music really went together well and I think we were a good team. Click here for 2006 'Elvis Presley In Concert' information & review. 'The On Stage Season' FTD In-Depth Review: 'The Elvis Files Vol. The only thing I noticed was the extreme weight gain problems. I only wish that he had gotten a good movie role where he could have proved himself just one time. I have some pretty good friends. By the time he was seventeen, Rick's musical idol, Elvis Presley, was taking the nation by storm, so Rick decided that he also wanted to be a rock and roll star. Of course I get some funny looks sometimes but it’s fun! The whole band, including road manager Donald Clark Russell, guitarist Bobby Neal, bassist Patrick Woodward, drummer Ricky Intveld, and keyboardist Andy Chapin, they were all good friends of mine. Elvis came from Tupelo and turned into the "King of Rock’n’Roll" – It was the American Dream. It is very nice to talk to you. James Burton Dishes on Leaving the Shadows for the Bright Lights of Hollywood By Steven Gaydos. Both books are very entertaining and, although not history books, they give lots of information and stories that you won’t find anywhere else! Ihm war schnell bewusst, dass dies die ideale Gitarrâ¦ We got to do what we loved everyday and share our unique gifts. I had a ball. It was such an incredible shock, and we lost a wonderful, great entertainer and friend. Q; How did Bob Luman take the news of your impending exit? One day the doctor just woke up & said “Hey, no more, that’s it!”. But Ozzie was a brilliant music man and a great producer. May 3, 2019 - Explore Bill Yarbor's board "James Burton", followed by 17637 people on Pinterest. ". With Elvis, well, we knew a couple of times that he was feeling bad. We all just did whatever we wanted to do, we worked and we helped each other. At times we went to the movies late at night with him where we would have a caravan of cars and we'd all go to the Memphian. EIN – How did you get to see so many of Elvis’ performances in Las Vegas. Q: What would you like to say to Rick’s many worldwide fans? W.J – Next door was a restaurant & upstairs there was kid of a holding area. What followed was a magical ride making music history with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, all the soul greats. Elvis was an incredible person to work with. My first taste of Sweet Medicine." James Burton didn't invent the Telecaster. 1 1953-56' In Depth Book Review: 'Aloha From Hawaii' 40th Anniv LEGACY CD Review: 'Prince From Another Planet’ In-Depth Review: 'A Boy From Tupelo' special In-depth Review: 'From Hawaii to Las Vegas' FTD CD Review: 'Elvis: Live at the International' Book Review: Elaine Beckett -Easy Come Easy Go costar- Interview: Interview With Elvis author - : Gillian G. Gaar. All the music we did is just as good today as when we recorded it. EIN - It seems crazy that your horn sound is so identifiable in all those records yet you got less than $50! I see him every now and then; I’ve just been real busy lately. When you look back at the great songs that he sang, like ‘In The Ghetto’ and ‘If I Can Dream’ he was a truly great singer. We were kids and we worked 7 days & 7 nights a week, even Christmas. What is the piece of work that you a most proud of? EIN – There’s a very scary story about how an Otis Redding overdub saved your life? We laughed and travelled all over the world making records and touring with artists of all genres. It’s a beautiful song. -Copyright EIN May 2006 - W.J – It was one of the best of the era. Matter of fact, when we recorded the solo for "Fools Rush In," Ozzie came to me, and he said, "Boy, that solo you played was so good, man, that reminded me of a solo my saxophone player would play in my old orchestra.". James Burton: Before I joined Rick, Howard Roberts, Joe Maphis, and Barney Kessel were the lead guitarists. (Right; Circa 1965, great photo of James Burton sporting a goatee). James Burton and his famous friends. He just loves people and he could just talk to people for hours. Q: Do you still stay in touch with Rick’s family? He'll talk to anybody. Click here for EIN's interview with Sweet Inspiration Myrna Smith. If you can believe it, those two songs were the "A" and "B" side of the same single, respectively. EIN – James it’s an honour to get to chat to you on this all important day as I believe it is your Birthday! 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. Well Chip Young and I were just sitting in Studio B and playing around with the melody and both on acoustic guitars. James remained with Rick for a decade, and their music includes such classic singles as "It’s Late," "You Are The Only One," "Travelin’ Man," "Hello Mary Lou," "Teenage Idol," "Fools Rush In," "There’s Nothing I Can Say," "Your Kind of Lovin," and "You Just Can’t Quit." In fact, the two musicians lived in Rick’s parents’ home for two years. We did that for about 10 years. This was actually before I joined Rick as his lead guitar player. They gave me one to take to the plane or something one time and I said “You’ve got to be kidding, I can’t even pick this thing up!” How he managed to wear those suits and keep jumping all over the stage like he did, I just don’t know! There were just certain things you couldn’t talk about, he was easy to blush, a lot of times when I’ve done interviews, people would ask, "How come Rick closes his eyes when he sings?". 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! He says "Hey, let’s record that! And I knew that they would blend in the most natural, beautiful way. I have recently been watching some of those great STAX shows of you in Europe. One day someone would have finally let Elvis play a legitimate acting role! Well he got busy, wrote it out and the next day we really did record the Number 1, ‘The Wonder of You’! RT @GovMikeHuckabee: Take a break from depressing news for a few minutes--the legendary Elvis guitar player James Burton and Imperials Terrâ¦ 09:48:18 AM January 10, 2019; RT @ElvisPresley: Started a revolution, ended up a King.ð¸ Today we celebrate the birthday of the one & only Elvis Presley, born on this dâ¦ 10:31:03 PM January 08, 2019 Legendary guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton will be celebrating his 80th birthday in August. EIN – You had worked with so many of the great soul singers so did the booking for an Elvis session cause you any anxiety? I unplugged my guitar, and I had to run to my trailer and throw my guitar in its case. We also worked with U2 when they recorded there in 1988 to produce their ‘Rattle & Hum’ album. James’ replacement, Joe Osborn, lives about fifteen minutes away from me in a little town. Q: Before we dive in, should it be "Ricky" or "Rick?". "Lonesome Town," that’s one I love, which I played acoustic guitar on. J.B – That’s true, yeah. James Burton: I worked with Rick exclusively through late summer 1964, until I devoted more of my time to the music variety series Shindig [Author’s Note: the first prime-time rock music show featuring live performances] on ABC. Ozzie wanted to film a lot more songs and show-related stuff, but we got homesick and wanted to return to Louisiana and be home for the Christmas holidays. James played with Elvis as a member of the TCB band until Elvis' death in 1977. : Elvis Week Through The Years - Sanja Meegin looks back: 'The Wedding' Elvis & Priscilla EIN special Spotlight: Elvis at Madison Square Garden 40 Years Ago. We’re the best of friends, the whole family as well as Rick’s kids. J.B – Ricky & I used to go motor-cycling all the time and one day we bumped into old Gene Vincent. We had a major success back in 1999 with Amy Grant's version of ‘Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away’ which I wrote with Roger Cook. For a while there he would eat a dozen eggs and a pound of bacon for breakfast every morning. Bob gave us his blessing and said, "Boys, I’m gonna miss you.". EIN – Thanks for sparing some of your valuable time & talking to us. You know I lived at his Mum & Dad’s for the first couple of years? 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. We were all like family. After leaving Rick, James Burton became a huge fixture on the L.A. music session scene, playing on thousands of recordings and eventually joining Elvis’ band in 1969, staying with The King of Rock and Roll until his death in 1977. A lot of times we all felt like The Beatles ‘cos people were frantic to see us. I answered the phone and gave it to my wife; she took the call, and I heard her scream. What a shame he didn’t record it in the studio. He said, "We’ll form this group, and you’ll be called The Shindogs." 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. But we were working so hard and it was non-stop two weeks on, 2 weeks off right to the very end. Can you talk about that era a bit? 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! That perfect moment when Elvis says, “Play something James”! But, as Springsteen pointed out, it was a double pleasure âitâs not everyday you get to sing with Roy Orbison and play the guitar with James Burtonâ. If you think about being in a position like that, not realizing how dangerous and scary it is, you hear stories where people go to these shows with 60,000-seaters, and people out there go nuts. Interview by Piers Beagley. (Book Review): Elvis' Favorite Director:Norman Taurog: 'Elvis In Florida April 1975' FTD In-Depth Review: ‘Final Countdown To Midnight' jewel-case Versions. Singer Rick Nelson perished on December 31st, 1985, in a terrible plane crash in DeKalb, Texas, on the way to a New Year's Eve gig in Dallas. EIN – What a rock n’ roll team. Then when he tired of that we would all go to the bumper cars and everybody would ride them for a while. The attack, which happened at the European Elvis Championships, left Mr Burton with â¦ I would tell Rick what I liked and vice versa. I loved that, so I put it together, blew, and out came a pretty noise. He said this is what it looks like on paper, and I said, "Oh wow, looks like a bunch of blackbirds on a fence.". He wanted me to come out the next day (laughing), I said, "Wait a minute! James Burton: I remember one time in San Diego we went up and played this ballpark and these fans were crazy, man. James Burton, Actor: The Guardian. I remember one time waiting for Elvis to come down, sitting in an old gnarly Jungle Room chair and the damn thing nearly swallowed me up! James Burton: Probably my two favorite Rick Nelson songs are "Travelin’ Man" and "Hello Mary Lou." I love it all, I still love playing & playing guitar licks that knock me out. Rick Nelson’s band-members also lost their lives, and Rick was only 45, yet he left behind a legacy that continues to impress and influence to this day. We played in Australia in 1959; we were also present in Hawaii that year during the ceremony establishing Hawaii as the 50th state. EIN Website content © Copyright the Elvis Information Network. Louise said, "Turn the TV on, Rick and his entire band just had a plane crash!" J.B – Gee, that’s a tough one for me! I hadn't heard any of it yet and I suddenly realised that this was really special stuff. Elvis or Michael Jackson - who is the bigger star? James Burton - About Elvis touring in the old days. I truly miss Rick, and I hope to continue doing great work with his kids: Tracy, Gunnar, Matthew, and Sam. Once in awhile, I would go down early and hang out. Twitter: jburtonmusic. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001, Burton's pioneering contributions have â¦ I was shocked and suddenly thought that I was the last Memphis hold-out. I love writing songs so I formed a publishing company called "Sweet Medicine Music." EIN’s Piers Beagley was fortunate to meet Wayne Jackson and to spend some time with him chatting about soul music, life and Elvis. His first recorded track was the Dale Hawkins hit, "Susie Q", in 1957. We would sit around drinking Cokes, may be 15 or 20 of us, and sometimes he might not come downstairs 'til one O’clock in the morning. Well it was just like that room - which still has all the magic hanging around in there. 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. We had a good music arranger in Jimmie Haskell, who worked very closely with us. Going back a bit, we had these little trailers at the back of the stage where we could hang out, get dressed, and keep our instrument cases. They are sensational. 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. . James stayed on as the lead guitarist for the TCB Band until Elvis passed away in 1977. Ozzie said, "If you accept it, I’ll send you a telegram, just sign the telegram and send it back to me.". James Burton: Bob was happy for us, he was happy for me, that Rick was interested in hiring me to be his guitar player. 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. So that’s what we did. 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