Annotation

The catalog numbers of the discs 1-9 are BCD 16438-1 IL - BCD 16438-9 IL.
Johnny Burnette was at the heart of rock 'n' roll music for almost ten years, and had a leading role in most of the changes that overtook the music from the dawn of rockabilly to the British Invasion. Now his music from those incredible years is complete for the first time!
Johnny Bumette was one of the very few Memphis rockabillies actually born in Memphis. Many rank his 1956 and 1957 Rock 'n' Roll Trio recordings as the finest in all of rockabilly. The explosiveness and youthful energy truly heralded a new era in music, and the Trio's impact is felt to this day. But there was much more to Johnny Burnette, and it's all here on 9 CDs.
Here is his very first record from 1955 as well as all of the Rock 'n' Roll Trio recordings complete with alternate takes, and all of Johnny's Hollywood recordings, plus one hundred rare or unissued demos.
Johnny and his brother Dorsey began their west coast career writing songs for Ricky Nelson (Believe What You Say, It's Late, etc.). Johnny recorded for Nelson's label, Imperial, in 1958, then switched to Freedom/Liberty Records later that year. During his four years on Liberty, he scored several worldwide smash hits that defined the early Sixties, including Dreamin', You're Sixteen, Little Boy Sad, and Big Big World. All the issued and previously unissued Liberty recordings are here, complete for the first time.
After leaving Liberty in 1962, he recorded for Chancellor (seven unissued Chancellor recordings are included here), Reprise, and then Capitol. The Capitol sessions are complete at last, too. Finally, Johnny recorded for his own label, Sahara/Magic Lamp, before dying tragically in a boating accident in 1964.
In addition to all of the session recordings, this exclusive boxed set includes three CDs of demos that Johnny recorded with Eddie Cochran, his brother Dorsey, and others. It also includes his instrumental recordings for Infinity and Gothic, as well as Dorsey's rockabilly classic Bertha Lou (featuring Johnny on guitar and background vocals).

Annotation last modified on 2011-12-09 19:42 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Rock Billy Boogie
Johnny Burnette 2:34
2 Please Don't Leave Me
Johnny Burnette 2:38
3 Rock Therapy
Johnny Burnette 2:17
4 Lonesome Train (On a Lonesome Track)
The Johnny Burnette Trio 2:04
5 Sweet Love on My Mind
Dorsey Burnette & Johnny Burnette 2:30
6 My Love, You're a Stranger
Dorsey Burnette & Johnny Burnette 2:43
7 Your Baby Blue Eyes
Johnny Burnette 2:12
8 I Love You So (alt.)
Johnny Burnette 2:23
9 The Train Kept A‐Rollin'
The Johnny Burnette Trio 2:17
10 All by Myself
Johnny Burnette 2:07
11 Drinking Wine Spo‐Dee‐O‐Dee
Johnny Burnette 2:15
12 Blues Stay Away From Me
Dorsey Burnette & Johnny Burnette 2:15
13 Honey Hush
The Johnny Burnette Trio 2:04
14 Lonesome Tears in My Eyes
Johnny Burnette 2:08
15 I Just Found Out
The Johnny Burnette Trio 2:22
16 Chains of Love
Dorsey Burnette & Johnny Burnette 2:38
17 Please Don't Leave Me
Johnny Burnette 2:17
18 Lonesome Train (On a Lonesome Track) (alt.)
Johnny Burnette 2:12
19 I Love You So
Johnny Burnette 2:17
20 If You Want It Enough
Johnny Burnette 2:11
21 Butterfingers
Johnny Burnette 2:15
22 Eager Beaver Baby
Johnny Burnette 2:04
23 Touch Me
Johnny Burnette 2:27
24 Tear It Up
Johnny Burnette 1:56
25 Oh Baby Babe
The Johnny Burnette Trio 2:25
26 You're Undecided (2)
Johnny Burnette 2:02
27 Midnight Train
The Johnny Burnette Trio 2:20
28 Shattered Dreams
Johnny Burnette 2:31
29 You're Undecided (1)
Johnny Burnette 2:27
30 Go Along Mule (Go Mule Go)
Johnny Burnette 2:08
31 Tear It Up (live)
The Burnett Rhythm Rangers 1:40
32 Oh Baby Baby (live)
The Burnett Rhythm Rangers 2:22
CD 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Warm Love
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 1:57
2 Boppin' Rosalie
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 2:01
3 Do Baby Do
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 1:48
4 My Honey
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 2:01
5 I'm Restless
Johnny Burnette 2:15
6 Kiss Me
Johnny Burnette 2:34
7 Kiss Me (alt.)
Johnny Burnette 2:19
8 Gumbo
Johnny Burnette 2:05
9 Me and the Bear
Johnny Burnette 2:26
10 I'll Never Love Again (1)
Johnny Burnette 2:21
11 I'll Never Love Again (2)
Johnny Burnette 2:27
12 Sweet Baby Doll
Johnny Burnette 2:36
13 Waitin' at the Station (1)
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 1:31
14 Waitin' at the Station (2)
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 1:09
15 Green Grass of Texas (instr.)
The Texans 2:20
16 Bloody River (instr.)
The Texans 1:54
17 Ol' Reb (instr.)
The Texans 2:34
18 Rockin' Johnny Home (instr.)
The Texans 2:18
19 I'll Always Be in Love With You
Johnny Burnette 2:40
20 Settin' the Woods on Fire
Johnny Burnette 2:05
21 Kentucky Waltz
Johnny Burnette 2:13
22 Ballad of the One Eyed Jacks
Johnny Burnette 3:47
23 Your Cheatin' on Me
Johnny Burnette 2:23
24 Blue School Days
Johnny Burnette 2:44
25 Just Keep On Goin'
Johnny Burnette 2:18
26 Just a Memory
Johnny Burnette 2:31
27 It's the After That Hurts You
Johnny Burnette 2:33
28 Patrick Henry
Johnny Burnette 2:05
29 Don't Do It
Johnny Burnette 2:43
30 Cincinnati Fireball
Johnny Burnette 2:45
31 Your Cheatin' on Me (false start)
Johnny Burnette 0:51
32 Your Cheatin' on Me (take 1 with overdub)
Johnny Burnette 2:25
CD 3
# Title Rating Length
1 Dreamin'
2:20
2 I Want to Be With You Always
1:42
3 My Special Angel
3:02
4 Finders Keepers
2:16
5 I Really Don't Want to Know
2:04
6 Lovesick Blues
2:02
7 Please Help Me I'm Falling
2:22
8 Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me
1:51
9 Love Me
2:47
10 Kaw Liga
2:16
11 Love Kept a Rollin'
2:32
12 That's All I Care
2:12
13 Some Enchanted Evening
2:47
14 You're Sixteen
1:58
15 It's My Way
2:21
16 That's The Way I Feel
1:47
17 Little Boy Sad
1:54
18 I Love My Baby
1:41
19 (I Go) Down to the River
2:07
20 Singing the Blues
1:52
21 Let's Think About Living
2:00
22 It's Only Make Believe
2:32
23 Oh Lonesome Me
2:20
24 Dream Lover
2:26
25 You're So Fine
2:07
26 Blue Blue Morning
1:58
27 Pledge of Love
1:56
28 I Beg Your Pardon
2:14
29 Crying in the Chapel
2:07
30 Gimme Gimme Loving
1:59
31 You'll Learn to Cry
2:21
CD 4
# Title Rating Length
1 A Lover's Question
2:42
2 Big Big World
2:21
3 Ballad of the One Eyed Jacks (2)
3:16
4 Mona Lisa
1:46
5 I'm Still Dreamin'
2:04
6 In the Chapel of the Moonlight
1:57
7 Red Sails in the Sunset
2:41
8 The Treasure of Love
2:04
9 The Fool
3:09
10 Memories Are Made of This
1:58
11 Girls
2:04
12 Got a Lot of Things to Do
2:05
13 God, Country and My Baby
2:12
14 Honestly I Do
2:26
15 Fools Like Me
2:02
16 Angry at the Big Oak Tree
2:46
17 Clown Shoes
2:27
18 Second Chance
1:57
19 Walk on By
2:19
20 You're the Reason
2:43
21 Just Out of Reach
2:35
22 Girl of My Best Friend
2:23
23 Hello Walls
2:10
24 Moody River
2:33
25 A Little Bitty Tear
2:04
CD 5
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 The Poorest Boy in Town
Johnny Burnette 2:10
2 The Way I Am
Johnny Burnette 1:59
3 The Fool of the Year
Johnny Burnette 1:54
4 Standing on the Outside of Her Door
Johnny Burnette 2:15
5 Let Me Be With You
Johnny Burnette 1:51
6 Green Hills (instr.)
The Shamrocks 2:17
7 Lonely Island (instr.)
The Shamrocks 2:14
8 Island Girl (instr.)
The Shamrocks 2:12
9 Damn the Defiant
Johnny Burnette 2:35
10 Lonesome Waters
Johnny Burnette 1:54
11 Choo Choo Train
Johnny Burnette 1:51
12 Roses Are Red
Johnny Burnette 2:24
13 When Today Is a Long Time Ago
Johnny Burnette 2:24
14 The Giant
Johnny Burnette 2:54
15 I Just Called Up to Say Goodbye
Johnny Burnette 2:28
16 I Wanna Thank Your Folks
Johnny Burnette 2:23
17 I'll Never Get Over You
Johnny Burnette 1:53
18 I'm Losing My Mind
Johnny Burnette 2:47
19 The Old Man in the Country
Johnny Burnette 2:10
20 Time Is Not Enough
Johnny Burnette 2:00
21 Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You)
Johnny Burnette 2:13
22 After the Boy Gets the Girl
Johnny Burnette 2:06
23 Nobody Could
Johnny Burnette 1:50
24 Nobody Could (alt.)
Johnny Burnette 2:07
25 Party Girl
Johnny Burnette 2:38
26 Tag Along
Johnny Burnette 2:23
27 Hey Sue
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 2:18
28 It Don't Take Much
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 2:26
29 I'll Give You Three Guesses
Johnny Burnette 1:57
30 (Wish It Were Saturday Night) All Week Long
Johnny Burnette 2:01
31 It Isn't There
Johnny Burnette 2:16
32 Congratulations, You've Hurt Me Again
Johnny Burnette 2:07
CD 6
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Walkin' Talkin' Doll
Johnny Burnette 2:02
2 You Taught Me the Way to Love
Johnny Burnette 2:37
3 The Opposite
Johnny Burnette 1:54
4 Corner of Heartaches and Despair
Johnny Burnette 2:14
5 Aunt Marie
Johnny Burnette 2:13
6 Two Feet in Front of Me
Johnny Burnette 2:26
7 If I Were an Artist
Johnny Burnette 2:18
8 And Her Name Is Scarlet
Johnny Burnette 2:33
9 I Think She Knows
Johnny Burnette 2:12
10 Sweet Suzie
Johnny Burnette 2:18
11 Skippin' School
Johnny Burnette 2:21
12 It All Depends on Linda
Johnny Burnette 2:25
13 Fountain of Love
Johnny Burnette 1:53
14 What a Summer Day
Johnny Burnette 2:15
15 Bigger Man
Johnny Burnette 2:30
16 Less Than a Heartbeat
Johnny Burnette 2:56
17 Congratulations, You've Hurt Me Again
Johnny Burnette 2:12
18 Keep a Knockin'
Johnny Burnette 2:05
19 Bony Moronie
Johnny Burnette 1:53
20 The Big House
The Travellers 2:03
21 Goin' Home
The Travellers 2:11
22 Bertha Lou
Dorsey Burnette 2:32
23 Snacky Poo
The Ring-A-Dings 2:33
24 Interview with Jonah Ruddy
Johnny Burnette 9:05
25 Interview with Jack Brown for 'Rocketing Rhythms'
Johnny Burnette 12:12
26 Christmas message 1
Johnny Burnette 1:32
27 Christmas message 2
Johnny Burnette 0:18
28 New Year message
Johnny Burnette 0:17
CD 7
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Come on Baby
Johnny Burnette 1:31
2 Believe What You Say
Dorsey Burnette 1:51
3 Rockin' the Town
Johnny Burnette 2:05
4 My Little Baby Come Rockin'
Johnny Burnette 2:00
5 Lights Out
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 2:18
6 Boom Boom Boom Yippy Yi Ya
Dorsey Burnette 1:46
7 Lizzy Dee
Johnny Burnette 2:00
8 Rock Away Baby
Johnny Burnette 1:20
9 Like the Mountain and the Sea
Johnny Burnette 2:19
10 Daydreaming in School
Johnny Burnette 1:43
11 Yes I Do
Dorsey Burnette 1:53
12 If You Love Me Strong Enough
Johnny Burnette 1:26
13 Look What You've Missed
Johnny Burnette 3:23
14 Rhythm in My Bones
Johnny Burnette 1:58
15 Be Mine
Dorsey Burnette 1:48
16 It'll Be Allright
Johnny Burnette 1:49
17 Tell Me
Dorsey Burnette 2:05
18 Just Gotta Be My Baby
Johnny Burnette 1:56
19 Daddy-O
Dorsey Burnette 1:37
20 Keep in My Mind
Johnny Burnette 1:34
21 You Gotta Walk and Talk Your Fellow
Johnny Burnette 1:23
22 Magic Island
Johnny Burnette 1:51
23 Endless Love
Johnny Burnette 2:07
24 One Soda Two Straws (1)
Johnny Burnette 1:51
25 Water Boy
Dorsey Burnette 1:55
26 Jeannie
Dorsey Burnette 3:00
27 Just Keep On Going
Johnny Burnette 2:15
28 Baby Doll Blue Eyes
Johnny Burnette 2:06
29 Hey Stranger
Johnny Burnette 2:14
30 Lovesick Blues
Johnny Burnette 2:02
31 Finders Keepers
Johnny Burnette 1:32
32 Cincinnati Fireball
Johnny Burnette 2:48
33 One Sided Love Affair
Johnny Burnette 2:11
34 Address Unknown
Johnny Burnette 2:17
35 I Wanna Love My Baby
Johnny Burnette 1:49
36 You're Sixteen
Dorsey Burnette 1:54
37 I'm Happy
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 2:28
38 That's the Way I Feel
Johnny Burnette 1:56
CD 8
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Boppin' Rosalie
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 1:55
2 Do Baby Do
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 1:39
3 Warm Love
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 2:05
4 My Honey
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 1:30
5 Boppin' Rock
Johnny Burnette 1:46
6 Honey Honey
Dorsey Burnette 2:33
7 We're Gonna Rock It
Johnny Burnette 2:06
8 Circle Rock
Dorsey Burnette 2:04
9 Come on and Rock
Johnny Burnette 1:45
10 Whatcha Gonna Do
Johnny Burnette 1:44
11 Crazy Date
Johnny Burnette 2:10
12 Lucky Boy
Johnny Burnette 2:07
13 Honey Baby
Johnny Burnette 2:06
14 Mule Boy
Johnny Burnette 2:09
15 Gypsy Magic
Johnny Burnette 1:51
16 Tell Me Baby
Johnny Burnette 2:07
17 My Pretty Little Blue Eyes
Johnny Burnette 1:42
18 Oh What I'd Give
Johnny Burnette 2:22
19 Just for You
Johnny Burnette 2:53
20 With All Your Heart
Johnny Burnette 2:05
21 I'll Never Forget
Johnny Burnette 1:36
22 Wanting You, Needing You
Dorsey Burnette 3:10
23 You Gotta Have a Friend
Johnny Burnette 1:59
24 Way in the Middle of the Night
Dorsey Burnette 1:31
25 I Would Do Anything
Johnny Burnette 2:32
26 Wampus Cat
Johnny Burnette 1:56
27 One Soda Two Straws (2)
Johnny Burnette 1:58
28 Good Good Feelin'
Johnny Burnette 2:38
29 Wait for Me
Dorsey Burnette 2:41
30 We're Gonna Rock Tonight
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 2:10
31 Be My Love Tonight
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 1:58
32 Oh Vera Mae
Johnny Burnette & Dorsey Burnette 2:31
33 Little Girl (aka Kiss Me Sweet)
Johnny Burnette 1:55
34 Baby Mine
Dorsey Burnette 2:14
35 Night Walker (instr.)
Johnny Burnette 2:26
CD 9
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Crazy Legs
Johnny Burnette 1:42
2 No Foolin' Around (Your Love My Love)
Johnny Burnette 1:19
3 Whisper Tenderly
Johnny Burnette 2:03
4 Candle of Love
Johnny Burnette 1:52
5 Blues Gonna Get You
Johnny Burnette 2:21
6 Honey Tree
Johnny Burnette 1:58
7 Speak No Evil
Johnny Burnette 2:06
8 My Destiny
Johnny Burnette 2:28
9 We're Having a Party
Johnny Burnette 1:34
10 It's Late
Dorsey Burnette 1:58
11 Believe What You Say
Dorsey Burnette 2:09
12 School's Out
Dorsey Burnette 2:57
13 You Gotta Get Ready
Johnny Burnette 2:03
14 House With a Tin Rooftop
Dorsey Burnette 1:31
15 How Do You Rock
Dorsey Burnette 1:55
16 Fantabulous
Johnny Burnette 1:56
17 Just One More Time
Johnny Burnette 1:56
18 Makin' Love
Johnny Burnette 1:43
19 Teenage Dream
Dorsey Burnette 2:16
20 It's for Me
Dorsey Burnette 1:49
21 You Pass Me By
Johnny Burnette 2:47
22 There's Gonna Be Lovin'
Dorsey Burnette 1:26
23 Operator
Johnny Burnette 1:35
24 Baby Doll
Dorsey Burnette 2:04
25 Treat Me
Dorsey Burnette 1:40
26 Charleston Rock 'n' Roll
Johnny Burnette 1:47
27 I Feel So Welcome
Johnny Burnette 1:32
28 Mean It
Johnny Burnette 1:58
29 Like a Fool
Johnny Burnette 2:37
30 Too Much Alike
Johnny Burnette 2:15
31 Sugarfoot Sally
Johnny Burnette 2:13
32 Hey Little Freshman
Johnny Burnette 1:42
33 Water Boy
Dorsey Burnette 1:35
34 Magic Night of Love
Dorsey Burnette 2:19
35 Date Me
Johnny Burnette 1:43
36 Hey Gang
Dorsey Burnette 1:43

Credits

CD 1

writer:
Tiny Bradshaw (track 9)
Johnny Burnette (track 23)
Robert Hyde (track 23)
Howard Kay (track 9)
Lois Mann (track 9)
Lewis Smith (track 23)
cover recording of:
later versions:
Train Kept A-Rollin’ (The Yardbirds' arrangement) (track 9)
recording of:
Touch Me (track 23)

CD 3

composer:
Boudleaux Bryant (track 21)
Bobby Darin (track 24)
Don Gibson (track 23)
Artie Glenn (1953) (track 29)
Melvin Endsley (1956) (track 20)
lyricist:
Boudleaux Bryant (track 21)
Bobby Darin (track 24)
Don Gibson (track 23)
Artie Glenn (1953) (track 29)
Melvin Endsley (1956) (track 20)
writer:
Lenny Adelson (track 19)
Barry De Vorzon (tracks 1, 18)
Ted Ellis (tracks 1, 18)
Lance Finney (track 25)
Jack Nance (track 22)
Willie Schofield (track 25)
Conway Twitty (track 22)
Ben Weisman (track 19)
publisher:
cover recording of:
Dream Lover (track 24)
Oh Lonesome Me (track 23)
Singing the Blues (track 20)
You're So Fine (track 25)
is the basis for:
Oh ! Quelle nuit (track 23)
later translated parody versions:
later translated versions:
Cesta rájem (track 29)
Ptačí nářečí (track 23)
Wo bleib i? (track 23)
later versions:
J'ai rêvé (Dream Lover) (track 24)
recording of:
Dreamin' (track 1)
I Love My Baby (track 18)
referred to in medleys:

CD 5

composer:
Stuart Hamblen (track 21)
lyricist:
Stuart Hamblen (track 21)
cover recording of:

CD 9

composer:
Dorsey Burnette (track 10)
lyricist:
Dorsey Burnette (track 10)
publisher:
EMI U Catalog Inc. (track 10)
recording of:
It’s Late (track 10)

Release

ASIN: DE: B000087DUY [info]