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James Burton

Induction category: Sideman


Inductee: James Burton (guitar; born August 21, 1939) The tart, twangy tone of James Burton’s Fender Telecaster guitar has been a defining element of the rock and roll sound from 1957 to the present. The lengthy list of stars whom he’s accompanied on record and onstage includes Rick Nelson, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, and John Denver. But those were just his long-term employers. As a hard-working session musician on the busy Los Angeles scene of the mid-to-late Sixties, Burton played anonymously on countless records by the likes of the Everly Brothers, Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, ...

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