James Burton

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21, 1939
Dubberly, LA
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21, 1939 (age 79)
Dubberly, LA


Louisiana-born guitarist whose signature twangy sound inspired artists like Vince Gill and Johnny Cash.

Before Fame

His first two guitars were acoustics; however, he hit his stride in 1953, when he began playing on a telecaster. By age fourteen, he was already booking professional gigs.


A regular guitarist on Ozzie and Harriet, he was a big influence on Elvis Presley.

Family Life

He was born in Louisiana's Webster Parish. He later married Louise Burton.

Associated With

In 1967, at the height of the rock 'n' roll era, he recorded tracks on Jim Messina and Buffalo Springfield's hit second album, Again.