Friday, April 09, 2010

Charlie Gillett - Rockabilly / James Burton 1975

Two more Honky Tonk shows courtesy of John Mister who kindly sent me the remains of his HT Archive on some very cheap cassettes so please excuse the sound quality.

The first is with guests Charlie Feathers, Buddy Knox and Jack Scott in the midst of a UK Rockabilly package tour. I think they recorded a live album at the Rainbow Theatre that year which was later released. I should check my own blog as it's on here somewhere!

The second is with James Burton the session guitarist who has played with many of the great names in rock and country, including Elvis and Ricky Nelson. He was in town with the band backing Emmy Lou Harris who was touring at the time.

As usual fascinating snippets of conversation and some great records.

Wikipedia says of James Burton-

"Born in Minden, the seat of Webster Parish, Louisiana, Burton moved to Shreveport with his family in 1949. He is self-taught, and was playing guitar from his childhood.

By the time he was thirteen years old, Burton was playing guitar semi-professionally. A year later he was hired to be part of the staff band for the enormously popular Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport. Burton left Shreveport for Los Angeles while in his teens after joining Ricky Nelson's band. In L.A., he made numerous recordings as a session musician. Burton created and played the guitar solo on Dale Hawkins 1957 hit song "Susie Q," a record that would become one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll."

Charlie Gillett - Rockabilly Special Pt. 1

Charlie Gillett - Rockabilly Special Pt.2

Charlie Gillett - James Burton Pt.1

Charlie Gillett - James Burton Pt.2


Yvonne said...

Hey, I posted the links on Burton's website ( I hope that's okay. It's really fun to listen to the show!


wastedpapiers said...

Thanks for the feedback Yvonne - no problem.

iggy said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed pillaging your superb blog, especially the Charlie Gillette interviews, but including so many bits of historic wonderfulness. Thanks so much for your kindness and generosity. You have literally made my day, and many more to come I'm sure. With my sincere appreciation.


wastedpapiers said...

Thanks Iggy - nice to get some positive feedback. Have been away on holiday but hope to return to blogging soon. More Charlie shows in the pipeline.

Timmy said...

Wow! As the years travel me down the wavey path, i am ever amazed at discovering new OLD things. i've been an avid radio taper since 1970 & now, you've turned me onto a refreshing bright bulb, Charlie Gillet! Thank you. (Did you record all these C.G. things yourself?)

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks Timmy, yes most of these old Charlie G. tapes are from my collection but I do have a few from kind people who donated them like John. I think he sent me just 6 old shows of which 4 were audible enough to upload.