And he wrote the lyric to this, too, right? Steven Gaydos ... Elvis Presley, and the Queen of Country Music, Emmylou Harris. So you mentioned that you developed this chicken pickin' style. This lasted until Presley's death in 1977, and James Burton can be seen appearing with Elvis in the movies, Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970), Elvis on Tour (1972) and the television satellite-broadcasted, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii … GROSS: So I'm going to play the first song that you did with Ricky Nelson in which you played lead guitar. He was the guitarist on Dale Hawkins' 1957 hit "Susie Q" and wrote the song's famous guitar lick. You know, I was doing, like, four sessions a day seven days a week, and it got pretty crazy because sometimes, you didn't even know who the artist was, you know? See more ideas about James burton, Music icon, Elvis. Everybody stays up here. Then he played with Ricky Nelson on most of his hit records and in the TV series "Ozzie And Harriet." Why can't you see what you're doing to me when you don't believe a word I'm saying? But, as Springsteen pointed out, it was a double pleasure “it’s not everyday you get to sing with Roy Orbison and play the guitar with James Burton”. 1973 Aloha From Hawaii He played with Elvis Presley from '69 until his death in '77, starting with Elvis' stage comeback in 1969 in Vegas. He actually hadn't been onstage in nine years. And for Elvis Week 2019, the king and his court ruled again. James Burton continued to play with Elvis until Elvis' death in 1977. And James Burton wrote that famous guitar lick that you heard there. And it was - for me, it was great. In 1953, at age fourteen, James recorded Susie Q with Dale Hawkins. It was so heavy. The James Burton International Guitar Festival will present The James Burton Christmas Concert: Memories of Elvis live at Margaritaville Casino at 8 p.m. Dec. 8. The one true friend I thought I'd found - tonight, the bottle let me down. But anyway, I took the guitar to Vegas with me. But I was doing what I wanted to do in life and play guitar, and to be able to make a living out of it was fantastic. He said, this is great. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY"). And that - I was working with a blues band and the singer, Dale Hawkins, actually we recorded his littlest instrumental. Member of: The TCB Band The Confederates. Man, it sounds great, and it looks great. So they were married, and they played husband and wife. James Burton September 4 at 8:31 AM Hey guys, It’s Labor Day weekend and I’m so excited to announce it’ ... s a “Play It James” Labor Day Weekend on Elvis SiriusXM Radio with a new episode of The James Burton Elvis Radio Hour, featuring John Carter Cash and classic episodes with our friends Bryan May, Sammy Hagar and … Well, send it to me. James Burton was born in Dubberly, Louisiana, August 21, 1939, but he grew up in Shreveport. And that was pretty much how I got my start. Although personnel changed over the years, the original members were James Burton (lead guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass), John … This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. And he was nervous about getting onstage. This is FRESH AIR. I think he told you that he was afraid that he wasn't going to be able to do it. Burton played in Ricky Nelson's band, and has been on hundreds of recordings, including those by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash. James Burton began working with John Denver in 1977. Revisit or discover Elvis’ return to the stage with the new “Elvis Live 1969” box set, capturing 11 consecutive shows. I really don't know how he could jump around like a little kid on stage wearing that suit. James Burton was born in Dubberly, Louisiana, on August 21, 1939, but he grew up in Shreveport which he refers to as home. If I play steel guitar, it won't play just like him. Burton wrote the music and Hawkins wrote the lyrics. James Burton with Elvis Costello, taping for Spectacle, April 9, 2008. In 1969, Burton got a call from Elvis Presley. But it was amazing. BURTON: Well, it was probably a little hardship because at that time, the guitar was, like, $350, and, you know, that was a little tight. He … I said, yeah, I was a little nervous about bringing it out onstage. GROSS: Well, let me describe this. 1969 Elvis In Person At The International Hotel, LV Nevada 17 Aug 20 It’s so hard to believe it’s been 43 years today since we buried my friend, Elvis. But tonight, your memory found me much too sober; couldn't drink enough to keep you off my mind. In 1971, James was in the studio to record with Elvis. James assumed it would be a session player called Gene Pello, but Muhoberac told James about Ronnie Tutt, with whom he had worked with in Dallas. And if he were here with us and I could hear him say it one more time, I’d probably give you my new guitar. This is FRESH AIR. This is Ricky Nelson with my guest, James Burton, on guitar. You guys want to do one on a TV show? You can hear him on the new box set, Elvis: Live 1969. I taught myself to play, and my teacher was God. 1973 Elvis (Fool) GRAM PARSONS: (Singing) Well, I spend all night with a dealer trying to get ahead, spent all day at the Holiday Inn trying to get out of bed. And I think part of that comes from being on "Ozzie And Harriet," which, like I said, like, all teenagers watched it at the time. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN"). James Burton is famous in the music world for his work as a sideman. Was the kind of teenage life that was being depicted on "Ozzie And Harriet" really different from anything that you had experienced personally? What a heart-wrenching three days we had that August in 1977. Sep 4, 2014 - Elvis Presley News Latest Elvis News All the latest Elvis News on the King of Rock n Roll, Official Elvis News, Priscilla Presley News, Lisa Marie News More information James Burton (guitarist) on stage with Elvis It played so much easier. GROSS: You know, you've had such a big influence on guitar players. But when I saw my first guitar, that Fender Telecaster I wanted, mother took me down there, and she told my dad that night that when he came home from work that I wanted the guitar. Do you have a story you can tell us? Elvis Presley with the players for his June 1970 Nashville sessions: David Briggs, Norbert Putnam, Elvis, Al Pachuki, Jerry Carrigan, Felton Jarvis, Chip Young, Charlie McCoy, and James Burton. 4 Sep 20 “Play It James” Labor Day Weekend on Elvis SiriusXM Radio I like the way you talk. He'd always kind of follow me on guitar, and we had to watch him every second because he would change in middle of a song or something. But he played. James Burton was born in Dubberly, Louisiana, on August 21, 1939, but he grew up in Shreveport which he refers to as home. An original Telecaster master still going strong, James Burton influenced generations of rock guitar royalty with his perfectly phrased late-'50s/early-'60s Tele® work with Ricky Nelson, and his later stints with Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and many others only furthered his … The Original Telecaster Master. In 1975, Emmylou Harris had hired both James and Glen D. Hardin for her Hot Band. It was different. 17 Aug 20 It’s so hard to believe it’s been 43 years today since we buried my friend, Elvis. A Chat with James Burton. It was amazing. I figured, you know, it's a little too flashy. He picked it up from listening and sitting in. I like the way you walk. Image: Steve Morley / Redferns. BURTON: Yeah. 4 Sep 20 “Play It James” Labor Day Weekend on Elvis SiriusXM Radio His first recorded track was the Dale Hawkins hit, "Susie Q", in 1957. BURTON: Yeah. I don't have a clue right now. He was a little crazy, you know? 1972 Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden Elvis with James Burton: "The last nine years of Elvis’ performing life, he said countless times in the middle of a song: “Play it, James.” Burton noted, "I still hear it every now and then. James Burton and Elvis Presley performing live onstage. 1977 Elvis in Concert In the 70’s, James Burton was still one of the most in-demand guitar players. So I became the third son. We'll be right back after a break. JAMES BURTON: Thank you, Terry. 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. But my first guitar at the age of 13 - I went professional when I was 14. And the next day, we got a telegram from Ricky to go to the General Service Studios where they do the TV show "Ozzie And Harriet.". BURTON: Well, actually, I only broke one ankle on my left foot. July 18, 1969: In James Burton’s recollection, “Right off the bat we probably learned 150 songs over six nights of work”. Sidelined by his big-screen career, eclipsed by rock’s mid-’60s transformations, the King had begun his return two years earlier with the relatively lean attack of his fabled network television appearance, ’68 Comeback Special. And I said, yeah. They wanted me for what I do. 1971 Love Letters GROSS: So it was Ozzie's idea? If we got tired, he said, you go and take a nap, and when I need you, I'll call you. The James Burton Foundation supports music education for those in need through guitar donations and music instruction to schools, hospitals, and community service organizations. The James Burton Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit organization at 714 Elvis Presley Avenue in Shreveport, is constructing the proposed "James Burton Guitar and Car Museum". A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001 (his induction speech was given by longtime fan Keith Richards), Burton has … So I was a little nervous about playing it. And Ricky was an excellent singer. GROSS: Which became a big hit - so why don't we hear "Susie Q"? BURTON: Well, my first guitar actually was when I was 13. The first two weeks, I decided to only play my Telecaster that my mother and dad bought me and I played on thousands of records. BURTON: It was so heavy, Terry. He has also played with Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Dean Martin, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Darin, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others. James Burton didn't invent the Telecaster. James Burton Interview - Rick Nelson & Elvis: An important 25-year milestone passed recently. Is that right? This lasted until Presley's death in 1977, and James Burton can be seen appearing with Elvis in the movies, Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970), Elvis on Tour (1972) and the television satellite-broadcasted, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (1973). A Chat with James Burton. GROSS: This is FRESH AIR. He picked it up from listening and sitting in. NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. And I put the first four strings - the first, second, third and fourth banjo strings on. Many will have spotted the quiet man playing the pink paisley Tele on stage with Elvis during his famous Las Vegas 70s residency, but few seem to grasp the huge influence James Burton has wielded over the history of rock ’n’ roll. It was obvious that Elvis really admired James. So we did. At my age, 16, I said, sure, I'd love to. And I grew up on country music, rhythm and blues, gospel. It was great. Elvis might say something onstage and, you know, might embarrass me. BURTON: Well, you know, he was brilliant when it came to putting things together, but it was kind of crazy, too, because sometimes, we'd go into a session where he would have three organ players, maybe four piano players, two sets of drums, maybe three bass players and 15 guitar players. And we did "Mystery Train," some of the Elvis songs. BURTON: Oh, boy. This retrospective event, hosted by musician Andy Childs, will feature music and storytelling as James … His first guitar was not a Fender (the one he is most associated with) but a Rex, and after that a Stella. RT @GovMikeHuckabee: Take a break from depressing news for a few minutes--the legendary Elvis guitar player James Burton and Imperials Terr… 09:48:18 AM January 10, 2019; RT @ElvisPresley: Started a revolution, ended up a King. Today we celebrate the birthday of the one & only Elvis Presley, born … When I was 14, I wrote a little instrumental. He never took any lessons in how to play the guitar. The Official James Burton Website I mean, all of his performances were fantastic. Or to put it another way, also, how would you describe the Bakersfield sound? When I had to call to join Ricky, my plan was to maybe come back and finish school, except when I went out to work with Ricky, it got so busy for me. And you were in the band. The event was staged on the Pyramid Coliseum in Elvis Presley’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Because, like, you're onstage, but, like, the eyes are mostly going to be, like, fixed on Elvis, and you're taking in the whole spectacle. And so it would be very exciting 'cause there weren't a lot of shows, particularly, like, sitcoms, that had a rock 'n' roller on performing on the show. And Burton's twangy, precise Telecaster moves—his trademark axes are a 1953 model and … Elvis Presley has almost been dead as long as he was alive. Any letters and other mail can be sent to: James Burton 714 Elvis Presley Ave Shreveport, LA 71101 jamesburtonfest@aol.com Eleven shows from that Vegas engagement have now been released in a box set called "Elvis Live 1969.". 1972 He Touched Me GROSS: I read that he rehearsed with weights on his hands and feet so that he'd be... BURTON: He would do that because, I guess, wearing those suits and everything, he had to get ready for it - jumping around onstage. And I said - Red West came to me, the Memphis Mafia guy. GROSS: So that was "Susie Q" - Dale Hawkins with my guest James Burton on guitar. The James Burton Foundation supports music education for those in need through guitar donations and music instruction to schools, hospitals, and community service organizations. Elvis asked James if he could put together a band for the upcoming Las Vegas engagement. Move on in, get toe to toe. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001, Burton's pioneering contributions have also been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. I've always had a bottle I could turn to. Both models are patterned after mid-century Fender Telecaster guitars played by Burton … And after he did that, he just kind of relaxed and loosened up, and he started talking to the audience. James Burton - About the 1969 Elvis Rehearsals James Burton: At the early rehearsal sessions, Elvis had quite a bit of work to do getting it together, but he was always very relaxed. In … Nov 19, 2012 - Fender Telecaster "James Burton" with Elvis. Elvis Presley has almost been dead as long as he was alive. On that special, there were people such as Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, K.D. During his ’69 performances, he always introduced James as his favourite guitar player. Image: Steve Morley / Redferns. He gave me my direction in music. So you played in so many different worlds, and one of the worlds you played in was the world of Phil Spector, and everyone who has worked with Spector seems to have a story about how brilliant and how crazy he was. James Burton, Actor: The Guardian. He just did movies for nine years. I'm Terry Gross, and this is FRESH AIR. The first song I played on was "The Bottle Let Me Down." BURTON: Well, I found out later. I know that sometimes, he would he would gain a little weight, and then he would say, man, I got to go back on my diet. GROSS: So these 1969 Vegas concerts were recorded a year after his TV comeback special, and - but this was - the Vegas concerts were the first time he was, like, back onstage in front of a lot of people live. Burton has played with many performers, including Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Buffalo Springfield, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. He was the greatest teacher in the world. But the Merle Haggard thing, "The Bottle Let Me Down" - Merle was such a great singer, and I just loved playing on his records and playing on all his songs. See more ideas about james burton, ricky nelson, burton. I picked it up one day to move it off the couch, and I couldn't pick it up. Among other things, you were featured playing guitar on a very famous, very wonderful record by Merle Haggard called "The Bottle Let Me Down." We come up with new ideas and different ideas, and that's the best part about training your ear to be, you know, self-taught, training your ear to hear everything, you know? But the government took it out years ago, and I still get letters from teachers and young kids thanking me for this program that we do. James Burton continued to play with Elvis until Elvis' death in 1977. And this features James Burton on guitar and Dale Hawkins singing. James Burton didn't invent the Telecaster. I don't have a clue how he could jump around onstage in that suit. 1972 Now GROSS: James Burton is featured on guitar on the new box set "Elvis Live 1969," featuring 11 concerts from his 1969 Vegas comeback. Man, Ozzie said, wow, this is great. It was just a huge lineup of singers from that era. Now in an interview with Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, The King’s TCB bandleader James Burton has recounted how Elvis… NELSON: (Singing) Well, I believe what you say when you say you don't miss nobody else but me. James Burton is famous in the music world for his work as a sideman. The first person he called was pianist Glen D. Hardin, a fellow Shindog, who turned him down. GROSS: What was it like to come out of the coma? GROSS: Well, we're going to hear "The Bottle Let Me Down." She said no. She would plan her tours around Elvis’, so she could have both men in her band as well. James was also turned down by drummer Richie Frost a fellow Ricky Nelson band member. 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