James Burton

James Burton

American guitarist
Date of Birth: 21.08.1939
Country: USA

Biography of James Burton

James Burton is an American guitarist and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He moved with his family to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1949. Despite having no formal training, Burton began playing the guitar seriously at the age of thirteen and was hired a year later for the popular radio show "Louisiana Hayride" in Shreveport.

Playing on a Telecaster at the age of fifteen, Burton recorded the 1957 hit "Suzie Q" by Dale Hawkins. The recording is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. Burton played with many notable musicians, including Ricky Nelson between 1958 and 1965, and Bob Dylan, who wanted to hire Burton for his first touring band, but Burton had already signed a contract with the TV show "Shindig!".

James Burton was the guitarist and leader of Elvis Presley's TCB Band from 1969 to 1977 (until Presley's death). The concerts Burton participated in include some of the most famous ones, such as Aloha from Hawaii and "Elvis: That's the Way It Is". His later career included collaborations with Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, and many others. In 1988, Burton became a prominent figure in the Cinemax special "Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night".

In 2001, James Burton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His contribution to the rock and roll genre was recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Burton moved from Shreveport to Los Angeles, California during his early years after joining Ricky Nelson's band. He later returned to his hometown and made it his permanent residence in 1990.