Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Don't Say No" by Billy Burnette

Song#:  0383
Date:  11/01/1980
Debut:  85
Peak:  68
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock, Rockabilly

Pop Bits:  Billy is the fourth of the Burnette family to have a solo song enter the chart. He follows his dad Dorsey, his uncle Johnny, and his cousin Rocky, who just had a Top 10 hit with "Tired of Toein' the Line" (#8). Billy's career started very early and by the age of 11 he had already recorded songs and was soon out on tour with Brenda Lee. He officially kicked off his solo career in 1972 with the first of three self-titled LPs. But it wasn't until the third "Billy Burnette" album for Columbia Records that he finally hit the chart. This song became his only pop entry, but through the 80s he would have a few songs spend a little time on the country chart resulting in an ACM nomination for Best New Male Vocalist.

ReduxReview:  This is like a cross of Elvis Costello, Buddy Holly, and Marshall Crenshaw. I really like it. I'm not much into the rockabilly, but this is more rock-oriented so I think I dig it much better. I can't say that some other songs I've listened to of his really attracted me, but I'd add this to my iTunes.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  When his solo career was really beginning to gear up in the country arena, he got an offer to join Fleetwood Mac after Lindsey Buckingham departed the group. Burnette started with Mac in 1987 and contributed to their "Greatest Hits" album along with 1990's "Behind the Mask," and 1994's "Time." He toured and stayed with the group through to 1995.


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