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Imelda May has been doing the chat shows promoting a new song and presumably a new album too. A few years ago Imelda and her band played a few radio sessions and often included their take on The Johnny Burnette’s Trio’s The Train Kept A Rollin’, one of the cornerstones of rockabilly. This one is from a BBC Radio London session and is blistering.

Considering this has been a short week, it’s felt like a long week. Join me for a drink if you like.

The Train Kept A Rollin’ (Session)


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Johnny Burnette may have ended the 1950s with a somewhat tame, underwhelming pop career but the records he made as one third of the Johnny Burnette Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio are legendary rockabilly. Like this one. It may sound like generic rockabilly now but it’s got all the ingredients- rhythm, menace, razor sharp guitar, minimal and repetitive words.

Johnny Burnette died in August 1964. His unlit fishing boat was hit by a pleasure cruiser on a lake in California. He was thrown off and drowned.

Tear It Up

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I couldn’t find any Patrick Caulfield paintings that said rockabilly to me so I’ve settled for this picture of a rocking revivalist couple who I think I’ve used here before. Johnny Burnette and his Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio were the real deal. Enjoy your Friday night, what ever you’re doing- long time coming this week somehow.

Lonesome Tears In My Eyes

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No-one did 50s rockabilly better than the Johnny Burnette Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio. Later on, in the early 60s, Johnny had a solo pop career which is where and when this picture must be from. His 50s stuff is raw and real with the best guitar tones rockabilly ever got- (see The Train Kept A Rollin’, Honey Hush, Rockbilly Boogie, all of which I’ve posted on a Friday here). In the meantime…

Lonesome Tears In My Eyes

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It’s Friday night. I am somewhere in a field in Nottinghamshire. I may be wet. But that shouldn’t stop us having our rockabilly action. Rock Billy Boogie by Johnny Burnette’s Rock and Roll Trio is one of the building blocks of modern music. I don’t know who the cool couple in the photo are but if either of you are reading, pop in and say hello.

More wine please, it may be a long night.

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I was going to post something pithy about that wedding but frankly, I can’t be arsed, so I’m going to ignore as I have all day. It’s Friday night, on with the rockabilly.The Johnny Burnette Trio made some of the best rockabilly stuff there is, and this song Honey Hush is one of them. The guitar sound and tone on this this song may well be perfect.
Full report and music from Half Man Half Biscuit to follow.

Honey Hush.mp3

Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night

Friday night is rockabilly night. Turn up your jeans, grease up your hair, roll up your sleeves, turn up the stereo…

…Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio.

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