James Burton

James Edward Burton (born August 21, 1939, in Dubberly, Louisiana[1]) is an American guitarist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001[2] (his induction speech was given by longtime fan Keith Richards), Burton has also been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Critic Mark Demming writes that "Burton has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest guitar pickers in either country or rock ... Burton is one of the best guitar players to ever touch a fretboard."[3] He is ranked number 19 in Rolling Stones' list of 100 Greatest Guitarists.

Since the 1950s, Burton has recorded and performed with an array of notable singers, including Bob Luman, Dale Hawkins, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley (and leader of Presley's TCB Band), The Everly Brothers,[4] Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Claude King, Elvis Costello, Joe Osborn, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, Hoyt Axton, Townes Van Zandt,[5] Steve Young, Vince Gill, Suzi Quatro and Allen "Puddler" Harris.

James Burton
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Burton in 2010
Background information
BornAugust 21, 1939 (age 79)[1]
Dubberly, Louisiana, United States
GenresRock and roll, rockabilly, country, country rock
InstrumentsGuitar, dobro
Years active1952–present
Associated actsTCB Band, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, The Strangers


Early life and career

Burton was born in Dubberly in south Webster Parish near Minden, Louisiana, to Guy M. Burton (1909–2001) and the former Lola Poland (1914–2011), a native of rural Fryeburg in Bienville Parish. She was the daughter of James and Althius Poland. Burton's wife is Louise Burton.[6]

Self-taught, Burton began playing guitar during childhood. By the time he was thirteen, he was playing semi-professionally. A year later he was hired to be part of the staff band for the popular Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport. While he was still a teenager, Burton left Shreveport for Los Angeles, where he joined Ricky Nelson's band. There, he made numerous recordings as a session musician. Burton created and played the guitar solo on Dale Hawkins 1957 hit song "Susie Q", a record that would become one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

With Rick Nelson

Burton played guitar on the majority of Rick Nelson's songs recorded during the first 11 years of Nelson's career, beginning with his premiere at Master Recorders in Hollywood on November 18, 1957, for the classic "Stood Up"/"Waitin' in School" rockabilly single (Note: Burton was relegated to rhythm as Joe Maphis was still playing lead guitar at the time). In 1965 he started working on the television program Shindig! which curtailed his touring with Nelson. However, Burton continued contributing to his friend's studio albums through the Perspective sessions in April 1968.[7]

As a studio musician

The Shindig! exposure led to recording session work with a variety of artists, mostly as an unattributed sideman. In 1967 Burton played Dobro on the Richie Furay song, "A Child's Claim To Fame" on Buffalo Springfield's second album, Buffalo Springfield Again. Due to the volume of work, Burton turned down an offer to join Bob Dylan's first touring band, and another offer to play on Elvis Presley's 1968 comeback TV special Elvis.[8]

With Elvis Presley

In 1969, Presley again asked Burton to join his show in Las Vegas, and, this time, Burton accepted. Burton organized the TCB Band, serving as its leader, and backed Presley from 1969 until Presley's death in 1977. A hallmark of Elvis' live shows during this period was his exhortation, "Play it, James," as a cue for the guitarist's solos.[9] For the first season in Vegas in 1969, Burton played his red standard Telecaster. Shortly thereafter, he purchased the now familiar pink paisley custom Telecaster. Burton was not sure that Elvis would like it; however, since Elvis did, Burton used it for every show.

Since 1998, Burton has played lead guitar in Elvis: The Concert which reunited some of Elvis' former TCB bandmates, background singers and Elvis' orchestral conductor Joe Guercio (mostly from the "concert years" 1969–1977) live on stage.

With John Denver

During 1975 and 1976, while still touring with Presley, Burton was one of the first members to join and tour with Emmylou Harris as part of her backing band, the "Hot Band", after the death of Gram Parsons. He was joined by a cast of talented musicians which included his bandmate with Presley, Glen D. Hardin, and newer musicians which included Rodney Crowell. However, once Presley was ready to return to the road, Burton returned to perform with him, although the others, including Hardin, elected to continue with Harris. Just before Presley died in 1977, Burton was called to play on a John Denver television special. During the taping, Denver asked if Burton would consider going on a European tour. Burton said he was working with Elvis, but if scheduling permitted, he would be glad to go. Shortly after Elvis' death, Burton began a regular collaboration with Denver. The first album they recorded was I Want to Live.

During the sessions, Burton and Denver talked about a band. Glen Hardin and Jerry Scheff, from Presley's band, joined the new band too. Burton remained a member of Denver's band until 1994, but often toured in parallel with other artists including Jerry Lee Lewis. In the 16 years Burton worked with Denver, they recorded 12 albums and toured around the world. While touring with Denver, Burton carried several instruments, including backup Dobros and a spare 1969 Pink Paisley Fender Telecaster he had used as a touring guitarist with Elvis Presley during the 1970s.[10] He rejoined Denver in 1995 for the Wildlife Concert. When Denver died in 1997, Burton spoke at his memorial service in Aspen, Colorado.[8]

Recent career

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Burton in concert, 2009
James Burton statue at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium IMG 1345 (cropped)
Statue of Burton at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

Burton's later career included work with Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, John Denver, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris. Beginning with King of America (1986), Burton recorded and toured with Elvis Costello intermittently for about a decade. In 1988, he was a prominent part of the acclaimed Cinemax special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night.[11] In 1990, Burton moved back to his hometown of Shreveport permanently.

In fall 2004, Burton recorded Matt Lucas-Back in the Saddle Again, a sequel to the Matt Lucas album The Chicago Sessions. The album features rockabilly and country music, and was released in May 2006 by Ten O Nine Records.

In 2005, Burton started the annual James Burton International Guitar Festival to raise money for his charitable foundation. The festival is held in the Red River District of Shreveport.[12]

In 2007 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN as a member of the L.A. session player group known as The Wrecking Crew. In 2008, Burton was asked by Brad Paisley to play on his upcoming album Play. Burton went along for the ride and played on an instrumental track called "Cluster Pluck," as did Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, Redd Volkaert, Albert Lee, John Jorgenson, and Brent Mason. At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, the song won Best Country Instrumental Performance.

On August 22, 2009, on stage at his James Burton International Guitar Festival, James Burton was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

On July 15, 2010, Rolling Stone Magazine announced that Eric Clapton and James Burton would provide backup guitars on the track "You Can Have Her" for the Jerry Lee Lewis album Mean Old Man, scheduled for release in fall 2010.

In 2011, Burton was named one of "Five Living Legends of Shreveport" by Danny Fox (1954–2014) of KWKH radio, along with Bob Griffin of KSLA and KTBS-TV and Hank Williams Jr. Two others, Frank Page and Claude King, died in 2013.[13][14]

On June 9, 2012, Burton appeared in Shreveport at the Municipal Auditorium for a presentation of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion.[15]


Burton works with a variety of amplifiers to provide flexibility and a wide range of sounds.[10] He has used a Music Man 210-150, an old Fender Twin with K model Lansing speakers, and a 1964 Fender Deluxe. His primary guitar has always been a Fender Telecaster, beginning with an early blonde model his parents bought for him around 1952.[16] His 1969 Paisley Red (better known as Pink Paisley) Telecaster became the basis for his James Burton Telecaster model in 1991, with Lace Sensor pickups and a TBX tone circuit.[17] Five years later his 1953 Candy Apple Red Telecaster was the inspiration for a standard version Artist Signature model featuring two Fender Texas Special Tele single coil pickups and a vintage-style 6-saddle bridge. In 2006, the Signature Paisley model was redesigned with a red paisley flame design over a black body, plus three specially designed blade pickups, a no-load tone control and S-1 switching system.[18]

Planned museum

The James Burton Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit organization at 714 Elvis Presley Avenue in Shreveport, is constructing the proposed "James Burton Guitar and Car Museum". The facility will showcase Burton's collection of guitars and classic cars as well as models from some of his celebrity friends.[19]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Biography - The Official James Burton Website". www.James-Burton.net. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "James Burton: inducted in 2001 | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum". Rockhall.com. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  3. ^ The Guitar Sounds of James Burton, Allmusic.com. Retrieved March 9, 2007.
  4. ^ https://robindunnmusic.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/everlypedia-june-2016.pdf
  5. ^ "Our Mother the Mountain – Townes Van Zandt | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "Lola Burton Obituary – Shreveport, LA | Shreveport Times". Legacy.com. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "Praguefrank's Country Music Discographies: Rick Nelson – part I". Countrydiscography.blogspot.com. November 14, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Biography". The Official James Burton Website. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  9. ^ A similar cue, "Do it to me, James," is heard on John Phillips' "Mississippi" to introduce Burton's dobro solo. The Mojo Collection: 4th Edition. p. 207.
  10. ^ a b Fisheli, Steve (June 1984). "James Burton: First Call for the Royalty of Rockabilly". Guitar Player. Retrieved December 6, 2008.
  11. ^ "Roy Orbison and Friends : A Black & White Night – full cast and crew". IMDB. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "Rain doesn't stop Party in the District". Shreveport Times. August 23, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  13. ^ "Living Legends of Shreveport – Danny Fox's Top 5". KWKH. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  14. ^ "Wayne Grimes obituary". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  15. ^ "James Burton joins 'Prairie Home Companion' lineup". Shreveport Times. June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  16. ^ Kingsbury, Eric (1999). "Fender Players Club: James Burton" (PDF). Fender Frontline. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation/Hal Leonard Corporation. 25. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 5, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  17. ^ Duchossoir, A.R. (1991). The Fender Telecaster: The Detailed Story of America's Senior Solid Body Electric Guitar. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. p. 23. ISBN 0-7935-0860-6.
  18. ^ He can also be seen playing am early model Fender Jazz Master (possibly a prototype) in a circa 1961 live television version of "Hello Mary Lou." There is no other recorded evidence that he used this guitar again. Cashmere, Tim (August 18, 2006). "Legendary Guitarist James Burton Talks Elvis, Ricky Nelson and Guitars". Elvis Australia. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
  19. ^ "The James Burton Guitar and Car Museum". jamesburtonfoundation.org. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

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Bert Stansfield

James Burton "Bert" Stansfield (1874–1938) is a former manager of English football clubs Carlisle United and Norwich City.

Stansfield was United's and City's fourth manager, and was in charge for the latter for 248 matches between 1910 and 1915, returning to the job for a short spell in 1926. His sides won 78, lost 95 and drew 75 games.FULL NAME - James Burton Stansfield.

BORN - Q3 1874, Littleborough, Lancashire.

CENSUS 3 APR 1881. Place - Newchurch With Bacup, Lancashire. Address - Old Tunstead Road. Summary - STANSFIELD household of 7 persons. Head: Abraham, 38, married, cotton weaver, born Walsden Lancashire. Wife: Mary Ann, 32, married, cotton weaver, bn Stacksteads Lancashire. Daughter: Amelia, 8, scholar, bn Littleboro [sic, Littleborough] Lancashire. Sons: James B., 7, scholar, bn Littleboro [sic, Littleborough]; Ernest, 5, bn Littleboro [sic, Littleborough]. Boarders: Jane RILEY, 56, widowed, cotton weaver, bn Stacksteads; Sam RILEY, 24, single, coal miner, bn Stacksteads.

CENSUS 5 APR 1891. Place - Spotland, Lancashire. Address - Brandwood Road. Summary - STANSFIELD family of 4 persons. Head: Abram [sic], 42, widowed, weaver cotton, born Todmorden Yorkshire [sic]. Daughter: Amelia, 18, single, weaver cotton, bn Littleborough Lancashire. Sons: James Burton, 16, single, weaver cotton, bn Lancashire [sic]; Ernest, 15, single, stone labourer, bn Lancashire.

FIRST MARRIAGE - Q4 1895, Haslingden registration district, Lancashire, to Clara Barcroft (1874 to 1923).

CENSUS 31 MAR 1901. (Record not found.)

CENSUS 2 APR 1911. Place - Norwich, Norfolk. Address - unknown. Summary - STANSFIELD family of 5 persons. Head: James Burton, 36, married, manager of football club. Wife: Clara, 36, married for 15 years. Daughters: Lily, 13, school; Amy Eunice, 10, school. Son: Henry, 3. All born at Bacup Lancashire, except head at Littleborough Lancashire.

SECOND MARRIAGE - Q3 1926, Mutford registration district, Suffolk, to Mildred Ellen Empson (1886 to 1968).

DIED - Q1 1938, Newcastle upon Tyne registration district, Northumberland.


Bloomsbury is a district in the West End of London, famed as a fashionable residential area and as the home of numerous prestigious cultural, intellectual, and educational institutions. It is bounded by Fitzrovia to the west, Covent Garden to the south, Regent's Park and St. Pancras to the north, and Clerkenwell to the east.

Bloomsbury is home of the British Museum, the largest museum in the United Kingdom, and numerous educational institutions, including the University College London, the University of London, the New College of the Humanities, the University of Law, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and many others. Bloomsbury is as an intellectual and literary hub for London, as home of world-known Bloomsbury Publishing, publishers of the Harry Potter series, and namesake of the Bloomsbury Set, a group of famous British intellectuals, including author Virginia Woolf and economist John Maynard Keynes, among others.

Bloomsbury began to be developed in the 1600's under the Earls of Southampton, but it was primarily in the 19th century, under the Duke of Bedford, which the district was planned and built as an affluent Regency era residential area by famed developer James Burton. The district is known for its numerous garden squares, including Bloomsbury Square, Russell Square, and Tavistock Square, among others.

Bloomsbury Square

Bloomsbury Square is a garden square in Holborn, Camden, London. Developed in the late 17th century, it was initially known as Southampton Square and was one of the earliest London squares. By the early 19th century, Bedford House along the north of the square had been demolished and replaced with terraced housing designed by James Burton.

Cartwright Gardens

Cartwright Gardens is a crescent shaped park and street located in Bloomsbury, London.

The gardens were originally built between 1809 and 1811 as part of the Skinners company estate and were known as Burton Crescent after the developer James Burton. Burton Crescent was later renamed Cartwright Gardens after the political reformer and local resident John Cartwright. A bronze statue by George Clarke was added to the garden in 1831 which is set on a granite plinth that has details of Cartwright's works as a reformer. The garden is enclosed by iron railings, with mature plane trees, laid out with grass and circular walks.

The crescent is composed of several hotels set in their original Georgian buildings. On the east side are the Garden Halls, a large set of Halls of Residence belonging to the University of London following the redevelopment of the separate Hughes Parry Hall, Canterbury Hall and Commonwealth Hall in 2014-16. Unusually the gardens also have several tennis courts available for residents of the surrounding buildings and hotels.The author James White died in a house on the square in 1820.

Decimus Burton

Decimus Burton (30 September 1800 – 14 December 1881) one of the foremost English architects and urban designers of the 19th century. He was the foremost Victorian architect in the Roman revival, Greek revival, Georgian and Regency styles. He was a founding Fellow and, later, Vice-President, of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and architect to the Royal Botanic Society from 1840 and an early member of the Athenaeum Club, London, whose club premises he designed and the company of father, James Burton, the pre-eminent property developer of Georgian London, built. Modern architectural historians, such as Guy Williams (1990) and Dana Arnold (2004), contend that Decimus Burton's contribution to architecture has been grossly underestimated by previous architectural historians: as a consequence of the misattribution to Nash of many of his works; of his undeserved vituperation by his neo-gothic nemesis, Augustus Pugin; and of the consequent retention of his archives by his family.

Decimus Burton's projects include Hyde Park, London (including the Gate/Screen at Hyde Park Corner, Wellington Arch, Cumberland Gate, Stanhope Gate, Grosvenor Gate, and the Prince of Wales's Gate, Knightsbridge); Green Park and St James's Park; Regent's Park, London (including Cornwall Terrace, York Terrace, Clarence Terrace, Chester Terrace, and the villas of the Inner Circle (which included his own mansion, The Holme, and the original Winfield House); the enclosure of the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, from which he had Nash's Marble Arch facing the Palace moved to its present site; the Clubhouse of the Athenaeum Club, London; Carlton House Terrace; Spring Gardens, St. James's Park; and the Palm House and the Temperate House at Kew Gardens. Outside London, Burton planned, and designed architecture of, the seaside towns of St Leonards-on-Sea and Fleetwood, and of the spa town Tunbridge Wells. His development of the Calverley Estate, of which only a small proportion survives, was highly commended. For two decades he was engaged on a vast landscaping project to renovate Phoenix Park in Dublin. He was the architect of Dublin Zoo, and of the renewal of the sea-side resort of Queenstown.

Decimus was the tenth child of James Burton, the pre-eminent property developer of Georgian London. He was taught by his father, James Burton, Sir John Soane, and John Nash. Decimus's siblings included, James Burton, the Egyptologist, and Henry Burton, the physician, and he was a cousin of the Canadian author, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, and of the British civil servant Lord Haliburton. Decimus Burton trained the architects Henry Marley Burton FRIBA, Henry Currey FRIBA, and Edward John May FRIBA.

Decimus was a leading member of London society during the late Georgian and Regency eras. He has been described, by architectural scholar Guy Williams, as 'rich, cool, well-dressed, apparently celibate, the designer and prime member of the Athenaeum, one of London's grandest gentlemens' clubs', and as one who was treated by the aristocracy 'more as a friend than as a professional advisor'. He had close friendships with Princess Victoria (the future Queen Victoria); the Duchess of Kent; William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire; John Wilson Croker; Sir John Soane, John Nash, and Sir Humphry Davy.

James B. Goetz

James Burton Goetz (born May 28, 1936) was a radio broadcaster and Minnesota Republican politician. He served as the 38th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota from January 2, 1967 to January 4, 1971.

He owned the KAGE radio station in Winona, Minnesota. He was born in Freeport, Illinois and is married to Ruth Elbert.

James B. Loken

James Burton Loken (born May 21, 1940) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit since 1990.

James Burton (millowner)

James Burton (1784 – 1868) was born in Clitheroe in 1784 and owned several cotton mills in Tyldesley and Hindsford in the middle of the 19th century.

Burton moved to Tildsley Banks in 1828 where he entered into partnership with John and Richard Jones at Tyldesley New Mill but the brothers were more interested in silk weaving and moved to Bedford. By 1838 he owned many properties in the west end of the town, where he lived in Charles Street, and in Hindsford across the Hindsford Brook. In 1845 his firm was named Burton, Chippendale and Company but the partnership was dissolved.James Burton & Sons was the biggest mill-owning business in the area in the middle of the 19th century. Burton built a cluster of cotton mills in Hindsford starting with Atherton Mill in 1839, followed by Lodge Mill in 1853, Field Mill in 1856, and Westfield Mill in 1860, all of which were supplied with water by the Hindsford Brook.Burton was a Liberal. He represented Tyldesley on the Board of Guardians of the Leigh Poor Law Union. He died in 1868 and is buried in St George's churchyard.After his death, his sons, Oliver and Fred continued the business. A fire at the mills caused £15,000 damage in November 1883. In 1891 Burton's mills had 157,196 spindles and 570 looms. The mills were stripped of machinery and demolished in 1926.

James Burton (property developer)

Lieutenant-Colonel James Burton (born James Haliburton) (29 July 1761 – 31 March 1837) was the most successful and imperative property developer of Regency and Georgian London. By the time of his death in 1837, Burton had built over 3000 properties, and his buildings covered over 250 acres of central London. His imperative contribution to the development of the West End has been acknowledged by James Manwaring Baines, John Summerson, and Dana Arnold. Steen Eiler Rasmussen, in London: The Unique City, commended Burton's buildings, but did not identify their architect. The 21st century Oxford Dictionary of National Biography contends that Burton were 'the most successful developer in late Georgian London, responsible for some of its most characteristic architecture'.

James built the majority of the Bloomsbury district (including Bedford Square, Russell Square, Bloomsbury Square, Tavistock Square, and Cartwright Gardens); St John's Wood; Regent Street; Regent Street St. James; Waterloo Place, St. James's; Regent’s Park (including the Inner Circle villas, Chester Terrace, Cornwall Terrace, Clarence Terrace, and York Terrace). James financed, patronized, and built the other projects of John Nash around Regent’s Park - most of which were predominantly designed by James's son, Decimus Burton, rather than by Nash himself - to the extent that the Commissioners of Woods described James, not Nash, as ‘the architect of Regent’s Park’. James also conceived, planned, and developed the town of St Leonards-on-Sea, which is now part of Hastings.

James was a leading member of London high society during the Georgian era and the Regency era. He was an early member of the Athenaeum Club, London, whose Clubhouse his company built to the design of his son Decimus Burton, who was the Club's 'prime member'. James was a close friend of Princess Victoria (the future Queen Victoria), and with the Duchess of Kent. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, and Sheriff of Kent. James was the father of William Ford Burton, the gunpowder manufacturer; of James Burton, the Egyptologist; of Henry Burton, the physician; and of Decimus Burton, the architect; amongst others; and the grandfather of Henry Marley Burton, the architect, and of Constance Mary Fearon, the founder of the Francis Bacon Society.

The Burton family mansion, The Holme in Regent's Park, which was built by James's company to a design by his son Decimus Burton, was described by 20th century architectural critic Ian Nairn as 'a definition of Western civilization in a single view'.

John Nash (architect)

John Nash (18 January 1752 – 13 May 1835) was one of the foremost British architects of the Regency and Georgian eras, during which he was responsible for the design, in the neoclassical and picturesque styles, of many important areas of London. His designs were financed by the Prince Regent, and by the era's most successful property developer, James Burton, with whose son Decimus Burton he collaborated extensively. Nash's best-known solo designs are the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, Marble Arch, and Buckingham Palace; his best known collaboration with James Burton is Regent Street; and his best-known collaborations with Decimus Burton are Regent's Park and its terraces and Carlton House Terrace. The majority of his buildings, including those to the design of which the Burtons did not contribute, were built by the company of James Burton.

Ralph Mooney

Ralph Mooney (September 16, 1928 – March 20, 2011) was a well-known steel guitar player. He was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1983. He was the original steel guitarist in The Strangers.

A native of Duncan, Oklahoma, Mooney became a key figure in the country music scene around Bakersfield, California. He played on many records associated with the

Bakersfield sound, including Wynn Stewart's "Wishful Thinking," Buck Owens' "Under Your Spell Again" and Merle Haggard's "Swinging Doors." He and guitarist James Burton released an instrumental album called Corn Pickin' and Slick Slidin' in 1968.Mooney played with many other country artists and was a member of Waylon Jennings' band for two decades.Though best known for his instrumental work, Mooney co-wrote "Crazy Arms" with Chuck Seals; the song was Ray Price's first No. 1 country hit in 1956. Mooney said he wrote the song in 1949 while living in Las Vegas, getting the idea after his wife left him because of his drinking problem.

Regent's Park

Regent's Park (officially The Regent's Park) is one of the Royal Parks of London. It lies within north-west London, partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden. It contains Regent's University London and the London Zoo.

The Park was designed by John Nash, James Burton, and Decimus Burton, while its construction was financed privately by James Burton after the Crown Estate rescinded its pledge to finance the construction. The park is Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Russell Square

Russell Square is a large garden square in Bloomsbury, in the London Borough of Camden, built predominantly by James Burton. It is near the University of London's main buildings and the British Museum. To the north is Woburn Place, and to the south-east is Southampton Row. Russell Square tube station is nearby to the north-east.It is named after the surname of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford; the freehold remains with the Bedford Estate, though the square is managed by Camden Council. The gardens are Grade II-listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.In 2005, two terrorist bombings occurred near the square. One of the bombings was on a London Underground train between King's Cross St Pancras tube station and Russell Square tube station, and another was on a bus on Tavistock Square, near Russell Square. To commemorate the victims, flowers were laid at the square. In 2016 the Russell Square stabbing took place.

St John's Wood

St John's Wood is a district in the City of Westminster, London, lying about 2.5 miles (4 km) northwest of Charing Cross. Much of the neighbourhood is covered by a Conservation Area, a small part of which extends into neighbouring Camden.Traditionally the northern part of the Ancient Parish and Metropolitan Borough of Marylebone, it extends east to west from Regent’s Park to the Edgeware Road, with the Swiss Cottage area of Hampstead lying to the north.Once part of the Great Middlesex Forest, it was from 1238 a wooded farm of St John's Priory, Clerkenwell (the Knights of St John of Jerusalem) before Protestant Edward VI of England sold the farm to noblemen. It is an affluent neighbourhood, with the area postcode (NW8) ranked by Forbes magazine as the fifth most expensive in London based on average home prices in 2007. According to a 2014 survey, St John's Wood tenants pay the highest average rent in London, with rents averaging £1,889 per week.

St Leonards-on-Sea

St Leonards-on-Sea (commonly known as St Leonards) has been part of Hastings, East Sussex, England, since the late 19th century though it retains a sense of separate identity. It lies to the west of central Hastings. The original part of the settlement was laid out in the early 19th century as a new town: a place of elegant houses designed for the well-off; it also included a central public garden, a hotel, an archery, assembly rooms and a church. Today's St Leonards has extended well beyond that original design, although the original town still exists within it.

TCB Band

The TCB Band was a group of professional musicians who formed the core rhythm section of Elvis Presley’s band from August 1969 until his death in 1977. The initialism TCB stands for Taking Care of Business, a personal motto Presley adopted in the early 1970s. Although personnel changed over the years, the original members were James Burton (lead guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass), John Wilkinson (rhythm guitar), Larry Muhoberac (keyboards) and Ron Tutt (drums). They first appeared live at Presley’s first Las Vegas performance at what was then known as the International Hotel (later the Las Vegas Hilton, now Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino) on July 31, 1969.

Tavistock House

Tavistock House was the London home of the noted British author Charles Dickens and his family from 1851 to 1860. At Tavistock House Dickens wrote Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit and A Tale of Two Cities. He also put on amateur theatricals there which are described in John Forster's Life of Charles Dickens. Later, it was the home of William and Georgina Weldon, whose lodger was the French composer Charles Gounod, who composed part of his opera Polyeucte at the house.

Tavistock House was demolished in 1901.

Tavistock Square

Tavistock Square is a public square in Bloomsbury, in the London Borough of Camden.

Young Blood (Jerry Lee Lewis album)

Young Blood is a 1995 album by Jerry Lee Lewis. Musicians included James Burton on lead guitar, Buddy Harman and Andy Paley on drums, and Al Anderson and Kenny Lovelace on guitar.

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