Johnny Burnette and the Rock N Roll Trio

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1981 (The 1982 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2000 (ranked #253) .

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Train Kept A-Rollin' (1956)

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Will Johnny Burnette and the Rock N Roll Trio be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


25 comments so far (post your own)

Next to Elvis this band influenced more future rock in rollers than any band of their era...check out Train Kept A Rollin..A classic of its time

Posted by David Paul on Saturday, 05.5.07 @ 12:51pm

This is a shame that they haven't been inducted. One of the greatest early rock bands.

Posted by Kirt Knutsen on Monday, 01.14.08 @ 15:51pm

While not prolific, The Rock and Roll Trio cut two alltime classic songs that loom large on the Rock horizon...'Lomesome Train' and of course 'The Train Kept A Rollin' which by themselves may be enough to to allow Burlison and company access to the HOF.

Posted by Steve Potocin on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 10:23am

There was also his solo stuff like "Dreamin'" and "You're Sixteen". Definitely a vital part of early Rock & Roll.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 10:32am

I am appalled and upset that one of Rock n' Roll's first biggest group act is not in the Hall of Fame. Sure they didn't record a lot, but look at their influence on music in the songs they did record. Train Kept A Rolling, Yardbirds and Aerosmith among others covered it. You're Sixteen, Ringo Starr covered it. Rip It Up, Rod Stewart included this one on his live album.

After my travels in Europe and throughout the US, I am convinced that most of the wealthy and powerful throughout time, are not the original innovators of their particular field, but crafty thieves who took someone else's ideas and made it their own. Has anyone ever heard the first record that Elvis actually recorded at Sun, a birthday song for his mom. He sings it as straight as any white guy with no touch of soul. From my research and knowing that Elvis worked with Paul Burlison and hung around the Lauderdale apartments where the Burnette Boys lived, I submit that the King of Rock, stole the singing style and the arrangements of his early records from the Rock N' Roll Trio. Elvis received all of the money, glory and acclaim, but the Rock n' Roll Trio cannot even be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you don't believe what I am suggesting, I will inform you that I took my IPod to work and played Lonesome Train to a co-worker, who is an accomplish guitarist, and asked him who that sounded like, he said Elvis. When I told him it was the Rock and Roll Trio and they were playing the clubs in Memphis before Elvis ever recorded That's Already Mama, he was astonished and agreed that Elvis probably lifted the phrasing and singing style of Johnny Burnette. . It is a travesty and the Hall of Fame voters should be ashamed. The Penguins are in the Hall of Fame for one song, I Only Have Eyes For You. The Ronettes for Be My Baby. Well, at least the Rock n' Roll Trio should be in the Hall Of Fame and I will fight hard for their eventual induction.

Posted by SLOWHAND79 on Sunday, 07.6.08 @ 23:16pm

SLOWHAND79...I think that even though Johnny B. and Elvis' career ran certain parallels, I don't think there was a lot of copying going on between the two, Yes, they lived in the same projects, but didn't attend the same schools. After kicking around Memphis clubs for a while, The R&R Trio's first taste of fame came on "Ted Mack's Original Amatuer Hour"...what Elvis did was almost by accident and was pretty much overnight.I really don't think Johnny Burnette sounded anything like Elvis or vice versa, style or phrasing or anything else. You might blame Buddy Holly for copying the R&R Trio style a bit, though. The R&R Trio's biggest appearance on national TV was on Ted Mack's Madison Square Garden show...the same night Elvis debuted on Ed Sullivan. Oh yes, Johnny Black (Elvis' bass player Bill Black's brother) took over on bass when Dorsey Burnette quit the trio.

There were some parallels, but I really don't think their paths crossed that much. Any true 50's rock historian could tell them apart immediately. This isn't to downgrade either's contribution to the early beginnings of rock. On the contrary, I would never discredit one to bolster the other. "Lonesome Train" and "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" are definitely required rockabilly listening. It's too bad that those songs had trouble charting during that time and it's a bonafide tragedy that Johnny Burnette died so senselessly at such a young age...I think he was really about to take off.

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 07.8.08 @ 19:36pm

...oh, yes...and don't forget "Rock Billy Boogie". This is some serious original rockabilly!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 07.8.08 @ 20:26pm

A big yes from me.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:30pm

I can't believe the artist that have been overlooked for rock & rolls ultimate reward. The Johnny Burnette Trio was there at the very beginning, one of the earliest converts to Rock-A- Billy, via Elvis. over the years Johnny and Dorsey Burnette had great chart success as well, but the Trio is often credited for expanding the popularity of Rock and Roll, how can you you have left them out?

Posted by David Petrelle on Monday, 05.25.09 @ 06:17am

God bless the trio..but thw one possible roadblock for them getting into the
Hof is that burlison didn't play those fantastic solos in the was session player Grady Martin.
God bless paul..but that one little glitch may complicate things

Posted by billy on Friday, 07.10.09 @ 18:12pm

They get a yes from me. "The Train kept A Rollin" won't get old anytime soon.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 07.19.09 @ 20:35pm

No kidding, Dude Man. I'm still listening to that song and not getting sick of it. So raw and so powerful.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 07.21.09 @ 17:37pm

Go to YouTube and listen to "Lonesome Train" (great clip) and "Rock Billy Boogie"...great stuff!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 07.21.09 @ 18:20pm

Having Metallica, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Flea, and Joe Perry perform "The Train Kept-A Rollin'" last year as the "All-Star Finale" for the rock and roll hall of fame is proof of how influential and significant the Rock and Roll Trio were to rock and roll and how they should have been first ballot inductees.

Posted by Steve Z on Tuesday, 01.12.10 @ 20:30pm

If you listen carefully to "Train Kept Rollin"..the real classic of the trio, there is actually two lead guitars..My dad..Paul Burlison and Grady Martin..My dad playing the deeper fuzz
tone octaves..lead in the middle..lead on "Honey Hush" and others..Grady playing the treble licks."Tear it up"..exclusively my dad.Why not induct all the trio and Grady Martin for this 1956 single track classic..
How many later artist did it influence..more than any other rockabilly..(more than anyone will ever know)I'm sure..They crated a sound where no other had been before..can anyone deny this..actually before their time..true to this date

Posted by David Burlison on Saturday, 05.15.10 @ 19:07pm

Did you know... The outro guitar riff on "The Ballad of John and Yoko" was inspired by the Dorsey and Johnny Burnette song, "Lonesome Tears in My Eyes", notably covered by The Beatles in their early years and released on the album Live at the BBC.

Posted by Darrin on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 07:46am

The "Lonesome Tears " song mentioned above was written and performed by the trio Johnny, Paul and Dorsey..

Posted by dburlison on Wednesday, 06.16.10 @ 15:35pm

To David Burlison, I met you Dad at a Danny gatton benefit and he was a true gentleman. It was honour for me to shake the hand of the man that played "Train kept a rollin". I will never forget that. The Crock and Roll Hall of fame should get with it already.

Posted by joewah on Sunday, 02.27.11 @ 01:31am

Ck out this recent youtube entry..Paul Burlison of the Rock and Roll Trio, DJ Fontana of Elvis fame, cousins Rock And Billy Burnette, And Jim wieder oif THe Band (live In 2000)"Train Kept Rollin"
The original covered by Aerosmith, The Yardbirds, Led Zepplin and many others..

Posted by David burlison on Friday, 05.13.11 @ 17:06pm

The Rockabilly hall of fame certainly, but no the rock hall of fame.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.4.11 @ 09:12am

I take that back, yes they should. They pretty much helped make rockabilly.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 08.28.11 @ 08:59am

Innovation: One of the foremost rockabilly acts, one of the earliest and important styles of rock and roll at the time. They style was defined as country mixed with blues and even gospel and swing. 20

Influence: Together with Carl Perkins and Gene Vincent (and the Blue Caps), the top rockabilly act of the day, helped the define the very direction rock and roll would take. 30

Commercial success: Rather limited, but Johnny Burnette did enjoy a successful solo career. 10

Critical acclaim: Considered one of the top rockabilly acts, their work is respected in many musical publications. The Rockabilly Hall of Fame has recognized the group's efforts. 20

Total: 80

Conclusion: Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame right away!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 12.10.11 @ 09:35am

This group was big, after Elvis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and a number of others, Burnette was a force and did have some pop singles on his own.

Posted by Panda on Sunday, 12.25.11 @ 10:45am

Not only did Metallica name drop Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Rush, KISS, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Jethro Tull, and UFO during their induction into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but they also performed The Train Kept A-Rollin by Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio during the all-star jam! Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio still have not been inducted.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.10.13 @ 23:06pm

It would be a travesty if he were left out!!

Posted by Slag on Tuesday, 12.16.14 @ 19:44pm

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