Monday, December 3, 2012

"Tired of Toein' the Line" by Rocky Burnette

Top 10 Alert!
One-Hit Wonder Alert!
Song#:  0166
Date:  05/10/1980
Debut:  71
Peak:  8
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock, Rockabilly

Pop Bits:  The timing for this single was just right. Rockabilly was starting to creep back into the mainstream and before The Stray Cats would hit big with the genre, Burnette grabbed his one and only chart hit with this tune. Unfortunately, his label, EMI America, was in serious financial troubles and promotion of a second single and follow-up album were practically nil and he was not able to get back on the chart again, leaving him a legacy of being a one-hit wonder. Label woes would plague Burnette through his recording career, but he maintained a solid fan base and still continues to perform.

ReduxReview:  This is a really good lost song. I remember either hearing it or seeing him on TV and liking the song, but I never bought it and forgot about the song. A few years ago something brought the song to mind and I went looking for it. I don't think too many people from this time period remember the song, but they should. It's a solid tune and it's a shame he got lost in the corporate label shuffles.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Burnette's father was rock n' roll pioneer Johnny Burnette. Along with his brother Dorsey and Paul Burlison, they were The Rock and Roll Trio in the 50s. Both brothers later tried going solo with Johnny hitting with the Top 10 "You're Sixteen" in 1960. He died in 1964 in a boating accident.


1 comment:

  1. Chart Run: 71 - 60 - 48 - 43 - 34 - 26 - 20 - 18 - 15 - 13 - 12 - 8 - 8 - 13 - 31 - 37 - 52 - 83 - 98