Johnny Burnette

You're 16
#8 1960


John Joseph "Johnny" Burnette was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1934. Johnny grew up with his parents and Dorsey 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. In 1952, Dorsey & Johnny Burnette & Paul Burlison formed a group called The Rhythm Rangers. Johnny sang the vocals and played acoustic guitar. They won the competition three times in a row on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. In May of 1960 "Dreamin" reached #11 and in October he scored a #8 hit with You're 16. 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.
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