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James Burton

1939

James Burton was born.

1957

Dale Hawkins’ swamp-rock classic, “Susie-Q,” is released. Guitarist James Burton provides the snaky signature riff and searing solo.

1956

Ricky Nelson hears James Burton playing guitar in the office of Imperial Records in Los Angeles. Burton is asked to join Nelson’s backup band and regularly appears in the closing musical segments on the Ozzy and Harriet TV sitcom.

1965

The TV show ‘Shindig’ debuts, featuring guitarist James Burton as a member of the house band, the Shindogs.

1966

‘Corn Pickin’ and Slick Slidin’,’ by guitarist James Burton and pedal steel player Ralph Mooney, is released.

1969

Elvis Presley returns to the road. His guitarist and bandleader is James Burton, who will remain with Presley until his death in 1977.

1971

James Burton’s lone solo album, ‘The Guitar Sounds of James Burton,’ is cut with the’ cream of Nashville session musicians and Elvis Presley’s producer, Felton Jarvis.

1977

After the death of Elvis Presley, James Burton begins a long-term association with John Denver as his guitarist and bandleader.

2001

James Burton is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the sixteenth annual induction dinner. Keith Richard is his presenter.