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THE FIRST FAMILY OF ROCK ’N ROLL

Too wild for the charts in 1956, Johnny Burnette And The Rock ’n Roll Trio nevertheless left an indelible mark on music history. Family members Jimmy, Chanti and Diane Burnette discuss the wide-ranging legacy of the rockabilly pioneers…

THE QUARRYMEN

Actor Terence Knapp with Percy Phillips at his studio
Once it was finished, each Quarryman kept the record for a week
12 July 1958: Phillips’ log book booked The Quarrymen in as ‘Speke Boy’ – they rehearsed at George Harrison’s Speke home at the time
Rockabilly pioneer: The late, great Johnny Burnette (1934-1964)
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

THE ROCK ’N ROLL TRIO

When Johnny and Dorsey Burnette were children, their father gave them each a Gene Autry guitar and told them that if they practised hard and learned to play they might one day sing on the Grand Ole Opry. The brothers responded by smashing the instruments over each other’s heads.

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