Masterpieces: Johnny Burnette and The Rock ‘N Roll Trio

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Johnny Burnette and the Rock ‘n Roll Trio is the 1956 debut album of the influential band The Rock and Roll Trio, fronted by Johnny Burnette. Recorded over three separate sessions in 1956, the album includes a number of the band’s singles. 2008’s Icons of Rock calls the album «an all-time rockabilly classic». Released as a 10″ LP in the UK by Vogue/Coral Records in December 1956, it was released again in 12″ format in its US debut by Coral Records in 1957 and in 1978 by Solid Smoke. A few years previously, there had also been an unauthorized reissue of the album which featured an exact reproduction of the cover and label, although differences in label and cover formatting noted by collectors reveal it as a reprint. In 1993, it was released on compact disc by Aris Records. 1998’s Go Cat Go!: Rockabilly Music and Its Makers characterizes the CD reissue as «legendary and essential.»

Forty years ago, Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette, and Paul Burlison, known collectively as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, spent the afternoon of the Fourth of July relaxing in producer Owen Bradley’s boat on the Cumberland River. Recording that week at Bradley’s 16th Avenue studio, the Memphis threesome had already laid down some of the most frantic rockabilly sides of that real gone era–including their delirious, fuzz-guitar-driven cover of Tiny Bradshaw’s «The Train Kept A Rollin’.» But when they arrived at the studio on the Fourth, things didn’t go quite so well.



  • 8 track tape: Larger version of a cassette tape found in cars in the 1970s
  • Woodstock: 3-day rock concert in upstate N.Y. August 1969, exemplified the counterculture of the late 1960s, nearly 1/2M gather in a 600-acre field.
  • 45 RPM: A record that plays at 45 revolutions per minute and had a limit of 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Rockabilly: A type of music that combines elements of old-school rock and country.


To understand more about this band I recommend to first listen the album completely and get ready the activities prior preparation so you can understand and enjoy the topic even more.


  • How many times was the album released and why?

Session 5

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Mr. Daniel Ruiz from Santa Fe Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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