Posted by themusicsover on March 5, 2012
December 19, 1925 – March 5, 2012
Robert Sherman was a songwriter who, along with his brother, Richard Sherman, was responsible for numerous Disney film and attraction songs that live on in the souls of countless children of all ages. Over the years, the Shermans have written songs that have appeared in such classic films as The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. “Chim-Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song),” and “Trust In Me (The Python’s Song)” are just a few of the Sherman Brothers songs that many of us grew up with. Other credits include several of the jingles heard throughout the Disneyland, most notably, “It’s A Small World (After All).” They also wrote “You’re Sixteen” which topped the singles charts twice, first by Johnny Burnette, and then again by Ringo Starr. Over the years, the Sherman brothers shared several nominations for Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Grammys, and Golden Globes. They won two Oscars for their Mary Poppins contributions. Robert Sherman was 86 when he passed away on March 5, 2012.
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Posted by themusicsover on August 19, 2010
December 28, 1932 – August 19, 1979
Dorsey Burnette was born into a musical family that included brother, Johnny Burnette. But early on in life, the brothers pursued another dream, boxing, each becoming Golden Gloves champs. In 1949, they met fellow pugilist, Paul Burlison who also shared an interest in music. They soon formed the Rock and Roll Trio which would become one of the foundations of American rockabilly. Dorsey continued to perform with the group and later as a solo artist well into the ’70s. His music found a home with rockabilly, pop and country fans alike. Dorsey Burnette died of a massive coronary on August 19, 1979. He was just 46.
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Posted by themusicsover on August 14, 2010
March 25, 1934 – August 14, 1964
Johnny Burnette was one of the originators of what would later be called rockabilly. Along with his brother, Dorsey Burnette and friend Paul Burlison, Burnette formed The Rock and Roll Trio who would cause a bit of a stir from a remarkable amount of promotional appearances for a band in such infancy. They were lucky enough to appear on American Bandstand, Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour, the Tonight Show and Kraft Music Hall. Unfortunately, the night they appeared in the finals of Ted Mack, Elvis Presley made his debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. But even with all of this great exposure, their records failed to catch on, leading the the end of the group in the fall of 1957. It should be noted that for about six years of his childhood, Dorsey and his family lived in the same Memphis housing project as Gladys, Vernon and Elvis Presley. Both Burnettes also spent their early days as amateur boxers, culminating in Golden Gloves championships for each. Johnny took a shot at turning professional, but after only earning $60 and a broken nose in his first bout, he decided to change careers. By the late ’50s, the Burnette brothers were living in Los Angeles where they would work with and have their songs recorded by Rick Nelson, among others. Johnny would soon go “solo” and record several hits for Liberty Records and later, Chancellor and Capitol Records. But tragedy would strike in August of 1964. While boating one night in a lake north of San Francisco, Burnette’s tiny unlit fishing boat was hit by a much larger cruiser, the impact throwing him into the water to his death.
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Posted by themusicsover on September 27, 2009
February 4, 1929 – September 27, 2003
Paul Burlison was a founding member of The Rock and Roll Trio, a rockabilly band who would heavily influence rock ‘n roll bands for generations to come. He formed the band with brothers, Dorsey Burnette and Johnny Burnette in the early ’50s, and by 1956, they were in New York City recording for the Coral label. And although their records were never quite hits, they became popular and thus influential due to many television appearances during their short run. They appeared on American Bandstand, Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour, The Tonight Show and Kraft Music Hall, but despite the remarkable promotional blitz, it never resulted in many record sales. The band called it quits in 1957 and Burlison all but retired from the music business, only to make a comeback during the rockabilly revival of the ’80s. It wasn’t until 1997 that Burlison made his first solo album, Train Kept A-Rollin’. Guests on the album included Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Cesar Rojas, David Hidalgo, Mavis Staples, and the second generation of Burnettes, Rocky Burnette and Billy Burnette. Paul Burlison died of cancer at the age of 74.
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