We had a good music arranger in Jimmie Haskell, who worked very closely with us. We all just did whatever we wanted to do, we worked and we helped each other. It can really ruin something special. James Burton: Probably my two favorite Rick Nelson songs are "Travelin’ Man" and "Hello Mary Lou." James Burton: Well, they were different; at one time Elvis was always number one, and Rick got up to number two. Firstly, I have just completed writing book two in my autobiographical series, "In My Wildest Dreams". The first session I did with Rick was for the "Stood Up" / "Waitin’ in School" single. Rick and I spent two great weeks together, talking, visiting, just hanging out. Kang and Bruce Springsteen, alongside Orbison. . "The first time I heard Andrew play I knew we would be perfect together. Elvis would want to ride that roller-coaster Zippin’ Pippin and so we'd all go ride the Pippin. 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. Q: What are some of your favorite Rick Nelson recordings? I see him every now and then; I’ve just been real busy lately. W.J – I tell you what it has been wonderful, it’s been great times - I don’t have any complaints! Sometimes he suggested to Rick how to sing it, but we would usually end up doing it the way Rick wanted to do it. The facility will showcase Burton's collection of guitars and classic cars as well as models from some of his celebrity friends. J.B – Ricky & I used to go motor-cycling all the time and one day we bumped into old Gene Vincent. We worked closely, and we made some really nice music in our time span. A swirling cauldron of musical people! 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.". He invited me to come back and be Rick’s lead guitar player, which I thought was pretty cool. We did a few shows and had a great time. Subscribe to EIN's FREE online newsletter, - To read the complete interview with even more historical photos and Rick Nelson stories -. James Burton, the host of the International Guitar Festival, presented with his guitar friends and a throng of fans and friends, âA Tribute to Elvisâ over two days of celebration. EIN – How did Chips Moman’s session work out since there were a lot of overdubs. In fact, the two musicians lived in Rick’s parents’ home for two years. W.J – I remember that week (December 8th 1967) so well because I had gone out with Otis to Hernando’s Hideaway the Thursday night and he was such a nice young man - and just 2 days later he was dead. J.B – Thank you & I’m really looking forward to coming over to Australia again playing with the band and spending some time meeting people. He says "Hey, let’s record that! He said this is what it looks like on paper, and I said, "Oh wow, looks like a bunch of blackbirds on a fence.". His first recorded track was the Dale Hawkins hit, "Susie Q", in 1957. He was such a wonderful guy. We were all like family. 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! We got to do what we loved everyday and share our unique gifts. I was the last guy leaving Memphis. Ihm war schnell bewusst, dass dies die ideale Gitarrâ¦ Please, please, I love you, I love you!" First some essential Memphis musical background. I loved that, so I put it together, blew, and out came a pretty noise. 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?". But that all happened before I got into the business. But when you see it on film, that’s when it does make an impression. Q: Are you still in touch with Rick’s original band members? Elvis Drummer Jerome "Stump" Monroe EIN Interview: 'Bringing It All Back Home' CD/Book Review: Aloha From Oahu, Hawaii - In search of Oahu Elvis. In 1953, at age fourteen, James recorded Susie Q with Dale Hawkins. What followed was a magical ride making music history with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, all the soul greats. Wayne Jackson – You know that I’ve been down there to Australia several times & I love it. We were kids and we worked 7 days & 7 nights a week, even Christmas. We were young and things were going fast, with a lot of things happening. You know even in those movies I admire him for being "Elvis" no matter what his costume or his name was. James Burton - On Elvis recording ‘Susie Q’ and ‘Fools Rush In’. Q: Were Rick and Elvis similar in any aspects? We also worked with U2 when they recorded there in 1988 to produce their ‘Rattle & Hum’ album. A lot of times we all felt like The Beatles ‘cos people were frantic to see us. EIN – I think that lot of fans don’t realise how hard you were also working in those early 1970s with other important stars like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris along with The Hot Band. W.J – I sure have. Regardless, being called "Rick" was his choice. Remember how good he looked when we did The Aloha Special? We would all sit in the big booth right in the front and we’d end up going back stage after every show for the whole week! After years of constant, gruelling touring, and running away from his early success, Rick returned to his rockabilly roots by the dawn of the early 1980s, forming a new band led by guitarist Bobby Neal, drummer Ricky Intveld, pianist Andy Chapin, and bassist Patrick Woodward. Elvis Drummer Jerome "Stump" Monroe EIN Interview: Elvis in 1969 - Ann Moses & Ray Connolly Interviews: Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'On Stage' and Elvis' Legacy in 2010: "You Can Have Her" Elvis' One-Off Performance: 'Trains, Jet Planes and Morning Rain' EIN Spotlight: Wertheimer's Reaction To Finding The 'Mystery Kisser': "If You're Going To Start A Rumble" -The Importance of Fights In Elvis Movies: Happy Birthday EIN EIN turns 100 – a retrospective! Only seventeen years old, the same age as Rick, James Burton had already contributed one of the greatest solos on record to Dale Hawkins’ "Suzie Q," backed up scores of artists on the Louisiana Hayride, and subsequently joined country/rockabilly star Bob Luman. Rick’s two sons, Gunnar and Matthew, performed at the very first James Burton International Guitar Festival in 2005. They are sensational. While this interview is primarily about James Burton's earlier career with Ricky Nelson - however both Elvis' and Rick Nelson's paths crossed so many times that Elvis is also a key figure in this story. Well Chip Young and I were just sitting in Studio B and playing around with the melody and both on acoustic guitars. He said, "Do you boys wanna do something on the TV show, maybe do a couple of songs?" Right - the great James Burton in action at Elvis week 2010 -, Click here for EIN's exclusive 2003 interview with James Burton, Click here for EIN's interview with Tony Joe White, Click here for EIN's interview with Wayne Jackson, 'From Elvis To Garth' Bobby Wood & The Memphis Boys, Elvis in the 1970s - a creative and commercial force that should not be ignored. At that first rehearsal with him, he came in and we shook hands and talked like we'd known each other for years. It happened so quick I couldn't believe it. It seemed to be all over. EIN – Who were the original Stax horn section when you were the Mar-keys? But Ozzie was a brilliant music man and a great producer. Please make sure you specify that the donation is towards the museum. Auch diese Gitarre war akustisch. âIn 1969 Elvis asked me to put a band together for him to open in Las Vegas at the International Hotel,â Burton says. One day the doctor just woke up & said “Hey, no more, that’s it!”. James Burton: Before I met him I've always had the feeling that Elvis might be a little . EIN – I love a quote from you where you said “To be a good guitar player you have to let your playing breathe and that it is often what you don’t play that makes a great guitar player.”. Well, I think a lot of it is in feeling, because he had a great feel for the type of songs he sang and what he enjoyed singing, as well as a soft, smooth voice. It’s a beautiful song. We were in Graceland last week and performed at Elvis’ Memphis club and we just had a wonderful time. James Burton - About meeting Elvis EIN – When I look at what you were doing in the seventies I can’t imagine how you managed to find time to do all those recordings you did as well as and touring regularly with Elvis & also his studio recordings. J.B – I was playing in the Hayride staff band before meeting Bob Luman who I ended up working with. A new record contract with Curb Records was being finalized on the day Rick and his band passed away, and we’ll never know what might have been. You’ve got to understand that the studio was surprisingly small so that there was not much room for the band plus the horns & back-up voices. Harris did so, enlisting guitarist James Burton and pianist Glen Hardin, both of whom had played with Elvis Presley as well as Parsons. âI did, and I played lead guitar. Born in Minden, Louisiana, on August 21, 1939, James Burton began playing guitar at the age of thirteen, and turned professional the following year. They had a number one instrumental smash called, 'Last Night.' - James Burton Elvis inserts by Piers Beagley -. 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’. With Elvis, well, we knew a couple of times that he was feeling bad. EIN – Were you brought in for sessions or did you play for whoever came along. J.B – Well, nothing was planned! James Burton: Elvis was telling us about one show he did in the fifties that the audience turned the stage over! We were always friends and very close. Interview with Dick Grob, Elvis' Head Of Security: Hollywood veteran Michael Hoey talks to EIN: Interview with 'Elvis Films FAQ' author Paul Simpson: "My Fast Life" Rare Elvis Presley 1964 Interview: Allyson Adams 'The Rebel and The King' Interview: Interview with Elvis Photographer Dagmar: Elvis Paradise Hawaiian Interview - with Peter Noone, Sam Thompson, Elvis' bodyguard, 2011 Interview. One day someone would have finally let Elvis play a legitimate acting role! What an amazing gang! Q: Rick’s hit singles started drying up by mid 1964 as the British Invasion exploded ("The Very Thought of You" was his last Top 40 hit until Dylan’s "She Belongs To Me" in 1969), and you were asked to perform on Shindig. Rick could sing a lot of different styles of music. I couldn’t even pick one up! What do you think the black Memphians thought of Elvis? Now in an interview with Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, The Kingâs TCB bandleader James Burton has recounted how Elvisâ¦ See more ideas about James burton, Burton, James. James played with Elvis as a member of the TCB band until Elvis' death in 1977. I reckon you might even feel it even if you didn’t know what it was because there are such energies left over from all that creativity. But the songwriters really had their day with him, including Mark James and ‘Suspicious Minds.’ In fact Mark James is a good friend of mine and we wrote some songs together. ". Elvis was an incredible person to work with. Unfortunately I never did play at the same time that Elvis was there. I would tell Rick what I liked and vice versa. 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. If it wasn’t for family over here I could get lost down there! That went on once or twice a year for several years - they were the best times. Wayne Jackson knew Elvis from an early age, and not only played on some of Elvis' greatest songs but was also a visitor to Graceland and has some great insights into music and the man. There was so much music and also a lot of poverty and we all worked to earn something extra and I was one of those people. The only thing I noticed was the extreme weight gain problems. James Burton: When I actually left to do Shindig, which stayed on for a year, I got so busy, I was doing five, six sessions per day, seven days a week, working with every artist you can think of. "I opened up the case, and it smelled like oil and brass. If you can believe it, those two songs were the "A" and "B" side of the same single, respectively. We did a lot of old ballad stuff, like "Fools Rush In," which we hopped up a little bit, instead of one carburetor, we had three carburetors on it [Author’s Note: Burton later suggested Elvis record it in May 1971 in Nashville, which he promptly did after running through 25 takes of it]. All the people from American had left town, Reggie Young, Bobby Wood, Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman. It was real fun, and it allowed everyone to relax much more than they could if we were all at his Graceland house. Then we would come down and Elvis would be singing and we'd put the horns in with the track. I love it all, I still love playing & playing guitar licks that knock me out. Perfect ‘simplicity’ is the real key. EIN – James it’s an honour to get to chat to you on this all important day as I believe it is your Birthday! EIN Website content © Copyright the Elvis Information Network. Once in awhile, I would go down early and hang out. Eventually we were put on a staff salary that made up for it. Q: Before we dive in, should it be "Ricky" or "Rick?". I came out of my dressing room, and I got caught in the middle of those screaming fans. Of course I get some funny looks sometimes but it’s fun! He just loves people and he could just talk to people for hours. Hier sah James Burton einen 53er Fender Telecaster und war fasziniert von dem Instrument. Apr 15, 2019 - Explore Diane Colby's board "James Burton", followed by 706 people on Pinterest. James Burton: Johnny Cash called me to play slide dobro with him on the very first pilot show for Shindig. J.B – No we didn’t. Q: What was your first official session with Rick? -Copyright EIN April 2011 - DO NOT COPY. It’s been a few years since I last talked with him on the phone. Sometimes we might only make $48! Wow, if you saw the show you know how much fun we had. We went through all that with Rick, and a little more of it with Elvis. (Right:Rick Nelson, James Burton and bass player Joe Osborn). 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! 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! Please let me say hello to all the fans of Elvis in Australia & New Zealand and let me say that Elvis was truly a wonderful young man and they would have loved him personally had they met him. Can you believe it’s 26 years since his death already? We’re the best of friends, the whole family as well as Rick’s kids. W.J – It just happened that I am a qualified pilot. 'American Studios - A Turning Point In History': Elvis In Concert (1977) - should it be released? EIN – What about when Elvis started singing songs too quick for you or sometimes held back at the start. Q: Was Ozzie a major guiding force while you were recording? J.B – Oh, yeah, we had such a great time! 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! But he was the type of guy that once you got to know him, you understood more about his personality. We had a home out in the valley in Tarzana, out in Canoga Park, so the next day James Kirkland jumped up and ran outside to get the newspaper. Even if they didn’t respect all the songs that he sang, especially in those sixties movies, they respected his success. Well Chip Young and I were just sitting in Studio B and playing around with the melody and both on acoustic guitars. When you lose somebody that close, they’re like family to you. 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. Well I used to do shows & tours with Gene when I was working with Bob Luman & the Louisiana Hayride. Later, the guitarist had long tenures with John Denver and Jerry Lee Lewis, eventually becoming a member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Sidemen Category. There was of course a lot more magic in recording Elvis than there was in recording a nobody but American studios had some great talent going through it at the time. Rick recommended we bring our instruments, so James and I immediately went over and met his mother and dad, along with everybody involved with the show. I never got to play at Sun until Johnny Rivers did a session, Rufus Thomas too. It’s my day off between recording sessions and you are right, today is still my Birthday! Please tell all the fans to come and say “Hello” and we’ll try and arrange an autograph session for them all! Don’t you hate to hear a great song so covered up with so much stuff and over-production that it just doesn’t make sense? 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. Wayne Jackson has played with all the greats from Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond to Elvis Presley. I don’t care how strong you are, drugs are bad. Rick was a talented individual who had a wonderful, great career. But he did love Elvis. GO HERE to the Official James Burton website - full of current news and James Burton information. And sometimes we’d troop out to the Fairgrounds with him - which was a lot of fun. May 3, 2019 - Explore Bill Yarbor's board "James Burton", followed by 17637 people on Pinterest. Ozzie said, "If you accept it, I’ll send you a telegram, just sign the telegram and send it back to me.". Al Green wasn't making pop records any more and Steve Cropper had left town. The "Gods from Heaven" did not come down & there was no fire & brimstone either. When he came back inside, he noticed a telegram hanging on the door, so he grabbed it and brought it in. EIN – It’s great to know you’re still working as hard as ever & with such great performers. 'A Minnesota Moment' FTD in-depth review: CD: The American Way Vol. Ozzie offered us a lot more money to stay over and do the shows, but we said, "No, we wanna go home." He wasn’t really thrilled about it, but Bob was happy for us. James Burton (né le 21 août 1939 à Minden, en Louisiane) est un guitariste américain, membre du Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Il est cependant surtout considéré comme le guitariste d'Elvis Presley de 1969 à la mort de ce dernier survenue en 1977.C'est aussi un guitariste de studio très prolifique. But I definitely remember playing it with Elvis and I think that we did eventually put it down. It was sure an eye opener. My son’s ex-wife called to tell us the news, but I didn’t take the call. Click here for 2006 'Elvis Presley In Concert' information & review. I don’t know if Jerry Lee would have liked that, it would be like working with Elvis, you wouldn’t want to go onstage with somebody before Elvis’ show, it wouldn’t look good. James Burton, Actor: The Guardian. NOTE: For more information about Wayne Jackson's autobiographical books, discography, historical journey & photos go to his website "Sweet Medicine Music". It was over, it really was the end of this era. We were 25 years old. (Interviews, Source;JeremyRoberts/Examiner.com), Click here for EIN's interview with Tony Joe White, Click here for EIN's interview with Wayne Jackson. And this year I wrote the horns for Tony Joe White’s new CD, "Uncovered." What is the piece of work that you a most proud of? James Burton: My wife, Louise, and I had a home in Las Vegas since I had worked with Elvis so long, and we had went to Vegas during that weekend in 1985 for New Year’s Eve. But Bob was a great guy to work with and a great talent. I just got a chill up my spine hearing that. 'Elvis In Ottawa' Spotlight & Elvis Interview: "Kissed By Elvis" Janet Fulton Interview: The Music of Elvis Presley - Australian Radio Show, Elvis Presley In Concert "downunder" 2006, Graceland - The National Historic Landmark. Were you there when Elvis recorded the vocals? 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. Original video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk28kAdCmz4 For more, check out my other sites! 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. Feb 5, 2016 - Explore Judith Paterson's board "James Burton", followed by 418 people on Pinterest. Elvis had that voice and the looks and he soaked up all kinds of music. It is very nice to talk to you. Turn the machines on boys!” 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! While the majority of fans only recall James Burton's work with Elvis, it is appropriate that the 25th anniversary of Rick Nelson’s death turn the spotlight back to James’ early collaboration with one of his best friends. Born in Memphis and raised across the river Wayne Jackson's love of music began with a guitar. It would have been the same as Elvis; whatever suited Elvis, the fans bought it, and this should have happened in a similar manner with Rick. EIN – Thank you so much for talking with us and make sure that you enjoy the rest of your birthday. But we were working so hard and it was non-stop two weeks on, 2 weeks off right to the very end. I had never been on a jet plane before and we had the biggest time you could imagine. Q: Did you get onstage with Rick during that engagement? Did you ever end up playing with Elvis on the Hayride? 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. Rick Nelson / James Burton Introduction. W.J – Luckily Wilson Pickett’s ‘Land of A Thousand Dances’ was General Motors theme song back in summer 2002 and so I made several thousand dollars that year, although I only got paid $65 to record it initially! J.B – I am just honoured. 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! Bob gave us his blessing and said, "Boys, I’m gonna miss you.". He'll talk to anybody. Das zweite Instrument wurde bei J & S, einem Musikgeschäft in Shreveport erworben. I said, "Oh, okay." Joe Arnold who is a great saxophone player used to play with us too. Rick had his greatest success between 1957 and 1963, and during those years he was second only to Elvis Presley, an amazing achievement. He had such terrible food habits. Tonight I'm taking a look at Elvis's main man James Burton! We would be playing poker upstairs while they were cutting tracks downstairs. James Burton was interviewed by Piers Beagley, August 21st 2003. EIN – You worked on The Louisiana Hayride and Shreveport is where you grew up. But he gave it the tangy bite and dazzling pyrotechnics that define its classic sound.Dale Hawkins, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Elvis Costelloâif that reads like a rockabilly-to-country-rock genealogy, well, it is. On the 42nd anniversary of his death, Elvis Presley's longtime guitarist James Burton looks back on his career rebirth in 1969 - now immortalized on a massive box set. But it was so hard to get any sleep there was always something to do. Seine Eltern erkannte sein Talent und schenkten ihm seine erste akustische Gitarre im Alter von 13 Jahren. EIN – Booker T & the MGs along with the Mar-keys was a great mixture of soulful black & white musicians. 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