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Paul Burlison: The Complete Rock ’n Roll Trio Interview

Paul Burlison holds two distinctions in American music history. As a founding member of the Rock ’n Roll Trio, he helped pioneer rockabilly and, through a fortuitous amp accident, he reportedly played one of the first notable fuzz guitar sounds on a rock record.  (On the 1951 Chess Records single “Rocket ’88,’” credited to Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, guitarist Willie Kizart had also achieved a fuzz sound, the result of his amp having a ruptured speaker.) Over the years, the song Paul fuzzed in 1956 – the Trio’s cover of Tiny Bradshaw’s “Train Kept A-Rollin’” – has been redone by the Yardbirds, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Aerosmith, and many others, but his version remains unsurpassed. Continue reading