Rockabilly Guitarist Paul Burlison Dead at 74

Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Sept. 30) in Southaven, Miss., for guitarist Paul Burlison, 74, whose work with the Rock ’n’ Roll Trio influenced a generation of guitarists including Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Burlison died Saturday (Sept. 27) at his Memphis-area home following a lengthy battle with cancer. Teaming with brothers Johnny and Dorsey Burnette, the Rock ’n’ Roll Trio broke ground in the ’50s with such rockabilly classics as “Tear it Up,” “Honey Hush,” “Lonesome Tears in My Eyes” and their most famous, a remake of Tiny Bradshaw’s “The Train Kept a-Rollin’.” When interviewers asked about his distinctive, rough-edged guitar sound, Burlison said he first got the tone after dropping his amplifier at a concert. Burlison recorded his most recent album, Rock-a-Billy Country, at Sun Studio in Memphis with Johnny Cash’s longtime drummer, W. S. Holland. 09/29/03