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Raised On Rock The Burnette Family Legacy



Coming April 2019  "RAISED ON ROCK - The Burnette Family Legacy" will be premiering at Film Festivals throughout 2018 before being released for worldwide distribution

Director - Sally Steele

Sally Steele is on a mission to reunite the legendary battling Burnette family- a family United by Blood-Divided by Fame. The filmmaker travels across the United States interviewing special guests while learning the amazing rock history of Johnny Burnette and Dorsey Burnette and The Rock and Roll Trio who influenced Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and many others, on her quest to bring Rocky and Billy Burnette and the members of the family together for one final dramatic and exciting performance at the end of the film, trying to heal the rift that rocked the world and tore a family apart echoing down a generation to the family “Raised On Rock“.

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The Burnette' rock family United by Blood-Divided by Fame.

Rock history will finally be revealed in 2019 with one of the greatest untold tales in music with the premiere of the documentary “Raised On Rock – The Burnette Family Legacy.” Get ready to meet the family who set the foundation for rock and roll… who you never knew! Director Sally Steele brings a story to life traveling across the United States where adventure was created as the cameras rolled.

 

 

 

Follow the family’s career spanning two generations told by some of rock’s biggest names, while bringing Rocky, Billy and the members of the family together for one final dramatic and exciting performance at the end of the film, trying to heal the rift that rocked the world and tore a family apart echoing down a generation  “Raised On Rock“.

 

“I couldn’t believe what an amazing true life, historic, rock and roll story I had stumbled on after a chance meeting with Rocky Burnette in 2016”, says Steele.“Along with the untimely death of his father, I soon realized that the family endured generations of star power laced with rivalry, which divided them. The talent was passed down through the generations, but as the decades passed, these amazing artists were barely recognized. I decided my goal was to bring their story and legacy to the world.”  

The incredible Burnette family story starts in Memphis when Johnny Burnette and Dorsey Burnette started The Rock and Roll Trio who influenced Elvis, The Beatles. Led Zeppelin and many more. With groundbreaking songs like “Tear It Up” and “Train Kept a Rollin” – the latter classic which has been recorded by numerous artists from Aerosmith to Motorhead. Their fame rose, but so did the tension, sending the brothers off in to opposite directions tearing the band apart into solo careers.   Fame and friction would trickle down to Johnny and Dorsey‘s sons as they would carry on their families talent and burden as the competitive edge between the dads passes down a generation to the sons as the thirty –plus year feud between Billy and Rocky rages on. Johnny’s son Rocky Burnette would leave his mark on the charts with the worldwide number one song “Tired Of Toein’ The Line” in 1980, while Dorsey’s son Billy would follow in his father’s melodic footsteps into a decade of performing as a member of Fleetwood Mac

  “They were a part of the foundation of something very, very real…and then of course Elvis was the real deal. And then we found out that Elvis was of course influenced by the (Rock and Roll) Trio himself. So they became rock and roll royalty to us.”  - Mick Fleetwood

 “Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio was one of the records that we first had when we started doing The Stray Cats. I don’t know if it changed the sound of the Stray Cats but it was certainly one of the things that went to making the sound of The Stray Cats.” – Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats.

“They were the foundation of rock and roll…the birth of rock and roll…responsible for the birth, node, code and mode of rock and roll.” – Gary Busey

“It wasjust really raw rockabilly. It was like the punk music of the time. Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio was real hard core.” – Albert Lee (Award winning guitarist/ toured with Eric Clapton)

If there is anyone who has dedicated their life to rock n’ roll, it would be Sally Steele. Sally moved to Hollywood in the 80’s, where she fronted several rock bands that toured both Japan and the U.S. She also landed several roles on television and in movies, along with lead and featured roles in several MTV videos. In 2004, she founded and became the Publisher – Editor- In-Chief of VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine to the present day. In 2010 Sally created and launched the VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine Music Awards. As producer, creator and executive producer, Sally oversaw the six events from 2010 to 2016 which have featured and honored some of the biggest artists in the entertainment world.

Appearances in the film include Mick Fleetwood, Gary Busey, Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, Dwight Twilley, Albert Lee, Bekka Bramlett .

 

Johnny Burnette

John Joseph "Johnny" Burnette (March 25, 1934 – August 14, 1964) was an American singer-songwriter of rockabilly and pop music. In 1952, he and his older brother, Dorsey Burnette, and their friend Paul Burlison formed the band that later was known as the Rock and Roll Trio. Johnny Burnette was born to Willie May and Dorsey Burnett Sr. in Memphis, Tennessee.  Johnny grew up with his parents and Dorsey Jr. in a public housing project in the Lauderdale Courts area of Memphis, which from 1948 until 1954 was also the home of Gladys and Vernon Presley and their son, Elvis.  (Early press reports, dating back to 1956, stated erroneously that Johnny attended Humes High School with Presley). He showed an aptitude for sports, being on the school baseball team and playing linebacker on the football team. Both he and Dorsey were also keen amateur boxers and later became Golden Gloves champions. After leaving high school, Burnette tried his hand at becoming a professional boxer, but after one fight with a sixty-dollar purse and a broken nose or an encounter with Norris Ray, a top paycheck of $150, he decided to quit boxing. He went to work on barges traversing the Mississippi River, where Dorsey also worked. Johnny worked mainly as a deck hand; Dorsey worked as an oiler. After work they would go back to Memphis and perform songs in local bars with a varying array of sidemen, including another former Golden Gloves champion, Paul Burlison, whom Dorsey had met at an amateur boxing tournament in Memphis in 1949. Shortly thereafter, Dorsey, Johnny and Paul formed The Rock and Roll Trio.

 Johnny’s successful solo career entered the charts with his song "Dreamin'" backed with "Cincinnati Fireball", released on May 4, 1960, reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 5 in Britain. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. His fourth Liberty single, "You're Sixteen" backed with "I Beg Your Pardon" released on October 5, 1960, reached number 8 on the Hot 100 and number 3 in Britain and earned him another gold record.  Burnette gained prominence in 1973 both for the inclusion of "You're Sixteen" on the American Graffiti soundtrack and for Ringo Starr's version of the same song. In addition, Burnette's original song was recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. One of his songs, "Train Kept A-Rollin'" by Tiny Bradshaw, would later be recorded by the Yardbirds, Motörhead and Aerosmith.

The Beatles, with John Lennon on vocal, performed "Lonesome Tears in My Eyes" at the BBC on July 10, 1963 for broadcast airing on July 23, 1963. During the airing Lennon introduced the song, originally recorded by Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio on July 3, 1956 and released in March 1957, joking, "This is a Dorsey Burnette number, brother of Johnny Burnette, called 'Lonesome Tears in My Eyes', recorded on their very first LP in 1822!" This live in-studio recording of 'Lonesome Tears in My Eyes' (including Lennon's spoken intro) was later included on the Beatles' 1994 two-CD set, Live at the BBC.  On August 14, 1964, Burnette's unlit fishing boat was struck by an unaware cabin cruiser on Clear Lake, California. The impact threw him off the boat, and he drowned. When he received the news, Dorsey Burnette called Paul Burlison, who flew out to comfort him and attend Johnny's funeral. The two men were to keep in touch until Dorsey's death of a heart attack in 1979. Johnny Burnette is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, near his brother and their parents.

Dorsey Burnette

Dorsey Burnette (December 28, 1932 – August 19, 1979) was an American early rockabilly singer. With his younger brother Johnny Burnette and a friend named Paul Burlison, he was a founder member of The Rock and Roll Trio. He is also the father of rockabilly artist /country musician and Fleetwood Mac member Billy Burnette. Dorsey William Burnett Jr. was born to Willie Mae and Dorsey William Burnett, Sr. in Memphis, Tennessee. John Joseph "Johnny" Burnette, his younger brother, was born on March 25, 1934. The family lived in a public housing project in the Lauderdale Courts area of Memphis, Tennessee. Dorsey was a competent athlete with an interest in boxing. Both of the Burnette brothers turned out to be successful amateur boxers, becoming local Golden Gloves champions. In 1949, Dorsey was introduced to another young boxing contender named Paul Burlison by Jimmy Denson, his boxing teacher, and they were to become friends. Later, Burlison was introduced to Johnny Burnette, and they also became friends. All three men had a mutual interest in music. Burlison had begun to receive guitar lessons when he was eight years old. In 1939, Dorsey Sr. gave his two sons a pair of Gene Autry guitars. According to most sources, the brothers immediately broke them over each other's head.Dorsey Sr. then bought them two more guitars. Dorsey later recalled that their father had said "Learn to play those guitars. You can be like those folks on the Grand Ole Opry if you want to." Dorsey said that "he learned the G, C and E chords and when the strings broke, he would use baling wire". After graduating from a Catholic high school in Memphis, Dorsey became a professional boxer before working at a number of daytime jobs, which included a cotton picker, an oiler on a Mississippi riverboat, a fisherman, a carpet layer. He was finally to work at the Crown Electric Company with Paul Burlison as an apprentice electrician and would spend six years studying for an electrician's license. Johnny Burnette also worked as a deck hand on barges, which traversed the Mississippi River and though they worked separately, each of them would bring his guitar on board and write songs during his spare time. After work, they would perform those and other songs together at local bars with a varying array of sidemen. Paul Burlison joined them after his discharge from the United States Armed Forces, and in 1952 or 1953, they formed a group, which may have been called The Rhythm Rangers at the time. Johnny Burnette sang the vocals and played acoustic guitar, Dorsey played bass, and Paul Burlison played lead guitar.

It was sheer bravado that enabled the Burnette Brothers to have their first major breakthrough as songwriters. On arriving in Los Angeles, Joe Campbell bought a copy of “A Map to the Stars”, which showed the location of the then teen idol Ricky Nelson's home. In an effort to get their songs to him, John Burnette and Campbell sat on the steps of the star’s home until they could get a meeting with him. This persistence worked, and Nelson was impressed with their work, and he recorded "Believe What You Say", "It's Late" and "Waitin' in School". Other artists on Imperial Records, Nelson's label, such as Roy Brown, who covered the brothers' "Hip Shakin' Baby", benefited from their songwriting abilities, and this led to their signing a recording contract with Imperial. Dorsey Burnette had two single releases while contracted to Imperial Records as a solo artist: "You Came as a Miracle"/"Try" (Imperial X5561), released on March 9, 1959, and "Lonely Train"/"Misery" (Imperial X 5597), released on September 7, 1959. Neither record was a hit. In late 1959, Dorsey offered Tall Oak Tree" to Ricky Nelson, who turned it down. Now signed to Era Records, Dorsey recorded the song himself, and it was released on January 11, 1960 backed with "Juarez Town" (Era 3012). The record entered the charts and reached No. 23 on the Hot 100. He was the first of the Burnette Brothers to have a hit record. This success spurred Coral Records to dig into their archives and release two old Rock and Roll Trio recordings as "Blues Stay Away from Me"/"Midnight Train"  In 1979, he signed with Elektra/Asylum label. Just after his first record release, however, he died of a massive heart attack at his home in Canoga Park, California on August 19, 1979, aged 46.

Rocky Burnette

Rocky Burnette (born Jonathan Burnette, 12 June 1953) is an American rock and roll singer/musician and the son of rock and roll musician Johnny Burnette. He is best known for his 1980 hit single "Tired of Toein' the Line" which he co-wrote with Ron Coleman, who formerly wrote, recorded and performed with the Brothers Grim and The Everly Brothers. Rocky Burnette was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and became part of the early 1980s revival of the rockabilly style. He released his first album, The Son of Rock and Roll, on EMI America in 1979. In the summer of 1980, his single "Tired of Toein' the Line" became a No. 8 pop hit in the United States. The song was also popular internationally, becoming a No. 1 hit in Australia and peaking at No. 3 in South Africa. It reached No. 58 in the UK Singles Chart. EMI America's financial problems interfered with promotion efforts for the follow-up singles (several of which became hits in other countries), and Burnette's second album, Heart Stopper, was not successful.  In 1981, Burnette toured Europe with the final version of his deceased father's Rock and Roll Trio. He also used the band on his next album, Get Hot or Go Home! on Enigma Records. It also sold poorly, and Enigma dropped Burnette and the Trio rather than release a follow-up. Burnette worked with Rosie Flores and Dwight Twilley in the mid-1990s, and also contributed vocals and the original "Trouble Is I'm in Love With You" to Paul Burlison's 1997 Train Kept A-Rollin'. In 1996, Burnette released Tear It Up on Core Records. Burnette co-wrote the European hit "You Got Away With Love" for Percy Sledge in 1997 which was produced by Saul Davis & Barry Goldberg. He continued to tour internationally at a number of rockabilly shows until 2017.

Billy Burnette

Dorsey William "Billy" Burnette III (born May 8, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter who was part of the band Fleetwood Mac from 1987 to 1995. Burnette also had a brief career in acting. The son of Dorsey Burnette and Alberta Burnette, Billy Burnette was born into a musical family. His father and his uncle Johnny Burnette were two of the members of the 1950s band The Rock and Roll Trio, which also included Paul Burlison. Johnny had a son named Rocky, born around the time as Billy, who also became a musician. Billy has two sons. Dorsey William "Billy, Jr." Burnette IV works for Bi-Lotec Publishing. Michael Beau, his youngest, is a Nashville artist with a band called Super Shaker. Billy Burnette made his first recording when he was seven, appearing with Ricky Nelson on the song "Hey Daddy (I'm Gonna Tell Santa On You)" (Dot, 1960). He toured with Brenda Lee while teaching himself to play guitar. After graduating from high school in 1969, his father took him to Memphis to meet record producer Chips Moman, who had recently finished recording Elvis's songs "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto". He went with Moman to Atlanta before going to Nashville in 1971 and collaborating with Larry Henley. In addition to songwriting, Burnette spent three years on the road as Roger Miller's rhythm guitarist. After years of successful solo albums, Burnette met Mick Fleetwood during a taping of Dick Clark's anniversary special. A few months later, Fleetwood invited him to join the band The Zoo. For the Zoo's album I'm Not Me (RCA, 1983) Burnette sang lead vocals on "I'm Not Me"; "Angel Come Home", a Beach Boys song; "Gimme You", a cover of his own song; and "Tear It Up", written by his father. When Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac parted ways in 1987, Burnette and guitarist Rick Vito were asked to join the band. After the Shakin' the Cage tour, Fleetwood Mac released a Greatest Hits album (1988), featuring two new songs with Burnette and Vito: "As Long as You Follow" and "No Questions Asked". For their next album, Behind the Mask, Burnette wrote "Hard Feelings" and "When It Comes to Love" and co-wrote "In the Back of My Mind", "Do You Know", and "When the Sun Goes Down". Vito and Nicks left Fleetwood Mac at the end of 1991 and Christine McVie decided to take a break from touring. Burnette helped Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie with his first solo album. In 1994, Burnette reunited with Fleetwood Mac. The band featured two new members, vocalist Bekka Bramlett and guitarist Dave Mason. The band toured in support of the album Time (1995). Burnette wrote "Talkin' to My Heart" and "I Got It in for You" with Deborah Allen. With Bramlett he wrote "Dreamin' the Dream". The early tour proved to be a disastrous marketing decision and hindered album and ticket sales. After Fleetwood Mac went on hiatus in 1995, Burnette and Bramlett formed the country duo Bekka & Billy. They moved to Nashville and attracted the attention of producer Garth Fundis. They released the album Bekka and Billy in 1997 but they broke up in 1998.

 

Sally Steele

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If there is anyone who has dedicated their life to rock n’ roll, it would be Sally Steele. Immersed in rock music and entertainment her entire life. She moved to Hollywood in the 80’s, where she fronted several rock bands that toured both Japan and the U.S. She also landed several roles on television and in movies, along with lead and featured roles in several MTV videos which included “Hungry Eyes” with Eric Carmen and the lead role in “Little Lady” by Duke Jupiter which was in the top 10 rotation on MTV in 1984. An accomplished musician, Sally wrote and sang all the songs on all three of her CDs, with one single winning on MTV’s Basement Tapes, and another, “Alone in Love”, becoming a popular seller in Europe and Japan. In 2004, Sally decided to try her hand at publishing a rock magazine. With no prior experience but a lot of determination, she founded VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine in August 2004 and continues to publish to the present date presiding over 140+ consecutive issues. In 2008, Sally founded VEGASROCKSTV.COM which includes interviews with major artists in the music and entertainment world. In 2010, Sally created and launched the VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine Music Awards. As producer, creator and executive producer, Sally oversaw the six events from 2010 to 2016 which have featured and honored some of the biggest national artists in the entertainment world. Artists and entertainers attending the events included Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil, Scorpions, David Coverdale, Nicolas Cage, Lemmy Kilmister, Twisted Sister, Lita Ford, Flavor Flav, Queensryche, Toto, Winger, John 5, Great White, Jon Anderson, Carl Palmer, Zakk Wylde, Criss Angel, Steve Stevens, Sebastian Bach, Michael Anthony and hundreds of other superstars.  Sally also made an appearance as a key figure in the Quiet Riot Documentary “Well Now That You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” Which appeared on the Showtime Network.
In 2016, Sally decided to compile all of her “Hollywood Memory” stories that were the most popular page in her VEGAS ROCKS! Publication for her first book “Rock N’ Roll Nun”- True Tales of a Hollywood “Almost”. The stories detail her adventures in Hollywood in the 1980’s where there was never a shortage drama and excitement in her quest towards fame and fortune. In 2016 - 2017, Sally directed, filmed and produced the Film/ Documentary “Raised on Rock” – The Burnette Family Legacy, which will see a worldwide release in 2019. She is now focused on producing future television and film productions that feature music artists. Sally states that her mission has always been to feature music artists that “never got the credit they deserved.” Affectionately known as “The Publishing Queen of Rock N’ Roll.” being the Founder, Publisher& Editor-in-Chief and CEO of VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine, and Vegas Rocks Media, LLC, she continues her work as head rock photographer and journalist for her publication as well as pursuing her film career founding Steele Rose Productions. Sally sums it up best by saying: “I live and breathe rock n’ roll 24 hours a day.” 

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