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Quiz about The Music Of Johnny Burnette
Quiz about The Music Of Johnny Burnette

The Music Of Johnny Burnette Trivia Quiz


The late great Johnny Burnette was a rockabilly singer in the '50s and crossed over into pop music and chart success in the '60s. His small number of pop hits before his premature death do not give him the credit he deserves.

A multiple-choice quiz by shipyardbernie. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
327,459
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
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Question 1 of 10
1. Before Johnny Burnette went solo he was in a trio along with his brother. What was the name of his older brother? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The biggest hit Johnny Burnette had in the US and UK was "You're ______"; what is the missing age from the title? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Johnny Burnette may have looked a little vacant while singing this song; can you get the title with these lyrics?

"Searchin' I'm always searchin'
Hopin' someday I'll find"
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Johnny Burnette died at Clear Lake California in 1964. What mode of transport was involved in his death? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The last UK chart hit Johnny Burnette had was in 1962. Can you name it from these words?

"The girl that I intend to wed
Just bought a gift for me and said"
Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. One of his best songs was only the B-side of one of his biggest hits; can you get the title from these words?

"That's why I know-wo-wo, I gotta go-wo-wo
Back to O-O-O-hio"
Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Johnny Burnette was "Little Boy _____" in this song; do you know the missing word from the title? Here are some lyrics to sing while you work it out.

"Someday baby you're gonna find
Nobody in the world's gonna give you lovin' as sweet as mine"
Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" was possibly The Rock and Roll Trio's best known song. How did guitar player Paul Burlison achieve the unique fuzzy guitar sound on the record? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The Burnette brothers were songwriters too, individually and together. Can you name this Ricky Nelson hit from these Dorsey and Johnny Burnette lyrics?

"Well there's-a one thing baby that I wantcha to know
When you're rockin' with me don't-a rock too slow
A-move on in, get toe-to-toe
We're gonna rock till we can't rock no more"
Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. This song was Johnny Burnette's last US chart hit; it involves a deity, a place you live and a loved one. Can you get the title with the help of these lyrics?

"They say we sail tonight
And we may have to fight
I want with all my might to stay"
Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Before Johnny Burnette went solo he was in a trio along with his brother. What was the name of his older brother?

Answer: Dorsey

Dorsey Burnette was his brother, Rocky Burnette was his son, Billy Burnette was his nephew (the son of Dorsey) and Paul Burlison was the other member of The Rock and Roll Trio.

The Rock and Roll Trio never had any chart hits but all four Burnettes had solo hits on the US pop chart and all three members of The Rock and Roll Trio have been inducted into The Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
2. The biggest hit Johnny Burnette had in the US and UK was "You're ______"; what is the missing age from the title?

Answer: Sixteen

"You're Sixteen" gave Johnny Burnette a number eight hit on the US pop chart in 1960. It reached number three on the UK chart in 1961.

Ringo Starr had a number one with the song for one week on the US pop chart in 1974. It reached number four on the UK chart in 1974, with Paul McCartney on kazoo and backing vocals by Harry Nilsson.
3. Johnny Burnette may have looked a little vacant while singing this song; can you get the title with these lyrics? "Searchin' I'm always searchin' Hopin' someday I'll find"

Answer: Dreamin'

"Dreamin'" was the song and it was a number 11 hit on the US pop chart in 1960. It reached number five on the UK chart in 1960.

"Dream Lover" was a number two hit on the US pop chart for Bobby Darin in 1959. It was number one for four weeks on the UK chart in 1959. "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" was a number four hit on the US pop chart for Roy Orbison in 1962. It reached number two on the UK chart in 1962. "The Dreamer" was a number 47 hit on the US pop chart for Neil Sedaka in 1963. It did not chart in the UK.
4. Johnny Burnette died at Clear Lake California in 1964. What mode of transport was involved in his death?

Answer: Boat

Johnny Burnette was killed in a boating accident on Clear Lake when his small fishing boat was hit by a cabin cruiser after dark and he was thrown into the water and drowned.

His brother Dorsey Burnette died of a coronary at his home in Canoga Park California in 1979 the day after a performance at the Performing Arts Centre in Oxnard California. The other original member of The Rock and Roll Trio, Paul Burlison, died at his home in Horn Lake Mississippi in 2003 after a long battle with cancer.
5. The last UK chart hit Johnny Burnette had was in 1962. Can you name it from these words? "The girl that I intend to wed Just bought a gift for me and said"

Answer: Clown Shoes

"Clown Shoes" was the song and it reached number 35 on the UK chart in 1962. It did not chart in the US.

Johnny Burnette only had five chart hits on both the US and UK charts plus one with his brother Dorsey as The Texans, "Green Grass of Texas", which reached number 100 on the US pop chart in 1961. It never charted in the UK.
6. One of his best songs was only the B-side of one of his biggest hits; can you get the title from these words? "That's why I know-wo-wo, I gotta go-wo-wo Back to O-O-O-hio"

Answer: Cincinnati Fireball

"Cincinnati Fireball" was the B-side of "Dreamin'" This was a hark back to his rockabilly days and in my opinion could have stood alone as a single. I wish there had been a radio show that played all the B-sides; how many great ones have we missed?
7. Johnny Burnette was "Little Boy _____" in this song; do you know the missing word from the title? Here are some lyrics to sing while you work it out. "Someday baby you're gonna find Nobody in the world's gonna give you lovin' as sweet as mine"

Answer: Sad

Johnny Burnette was "Little Boy Sad" and it took him to number 17 on the US pop chart in 1961. He reached number 12 on the UK chart in 1961. This was his third US hit and his third top 20 hit. Things were looking good at the start of 1961 after all the years in the '50s with The Rock and Roll Trio playing rockabilly and never making the charts.
8. "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" was possibly The Rock and Roll Trio's best known song. How did guitar player Paul Burlison achieve the unique fuzzy guitar sound on the record?

Answer: Unknown to Paul, a tube was lose inside his amplifier

At a live gig in Philadelphia Paul dropped his amplifier and unknowingly partially dislodged one of the tubes inside so his guitar had a fuzzy tone all through the show. He then loosened the tube deliberately to recreate the sound in the studio.
9. The Burnette brothers were songwriters too, individually and together. Can you name this Ricky Nelson hit from these Dorsey and Johnny Burnette lyrics? "Well there's-a one thing baby that I wantcha to know When you're rockin' with me don't-a rock too slow A-move on in, get toe-to-toe We're gonna rock till we can't rock no more"

Answer: Believe What You Say

"Believe What You Say" was the Burnette brothers song and it gave Ricky Nelson a number four hit on the US pop chart in 1958 and earned a gold disc. It did not chart in the UK.

"I'm Walking" was written by Domino/Bartholomew and was a number two hit on the US pop chart for Ricky Nelson in 1957. It did not chart in the UK. "I Got A Feeling" was written by Baker-Knight/Thomas and was a number ten hit on the US pop chart for Ricky Nelson in 1958. It reached number 27 on the UK chart. "Be-Bop Baby" was written by Pearl Lendhurst and was a number three hit on the US pop chart for Ricky Nelson in 1957 and earned a gold disc. It did not chart in the UK.
10. This song was Johnny Burnette's last US chart hit; it involves a deity, a place you live and a loved one. Can you get the title with the help of these lyrics? "They say we sail tonight And we may have to fight I want with all my might to stay"

Answer: God, Country And My Baby

"God, Country And My Baby" was a number 18 hit on the US pop chart in 1961. It did not chart in the UK.

That was it for Johnny Burnette, barely 13 months on the US pop chart and 20 months on the UK chart and all those rockabilly records that never made it in the '50s but will be remembered.
Source: Author shipyardbernie

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