Back In Memphis - A Tribute to the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley takes place on August 12, 2010 in Memphis, Tn.
A Benefit concert for Myrna Smith of The Sweet Inspirations who recently had a stroke and will need long term care. Our Back In Memphis concert will be a benefit concert for Myrna Smith of The Sweet Inspirations. Elvis Unlimited was the first to break the news of Myrna being hospitalized in London and then again in California where she presently is recovering.
We now can share some even more serious news about Myrna. She has suffered a stroke and is on dialysis. She will need long term care. Myrna has many medical bills and many more medical expenses are ahead due to severity of her condition. Therefore, I have decided that proceeds from our show will go to Myrna to help relieve some of the stress of the medical bills. Right now, Myrna only needs to focus on getting better.
The show is during Elvis Week on August 12 at 8 PM at the Michael D. Rose Theater at the University Of Memphis. Reserved seats are 45.00 US Dollars and includes admission to the mini -convention and silent auction from 6 to 8 PM with special guests Barbara Hearn,Charles Stone, Sonny West, Sandi Pichon, Roben Jones & more.
Cowboy Jack Clement will be exclusive guest at our Back In Memphis show. Cowboy was Sam Phillips sound engineer at Sun Studio. And it is Jack we have to thank for recording the Million Dollar Quartet. Jack also discovered Jerry Lee Lewis while at Sun. Jack has gone on to Nashville where he was written countless songs and produced legends like Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings and many more.
Cowboy returned to Sun Studio to produce U2 and their Rattle And Hum album. Cowboy was in Denmark last year for our Million Dollar Quartet Concert. It was Jack's first Elvis event in Europe. And now we has the exclusive honor to be the FIRST to bring Jack to Elvis Week.
Jack used to play at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis where Elvis sometimes opened and closed for Cowboy. One time Jack even lent Elvis his guitar and when Elvis returned it, he had broke all the strings.
At Eagles Nest in Memphis in the mid 50’s. Cowboy was in charge for the house band there. Elvis even played on the same guitar Cowboy will play at the Back In Memphis Show. Elvis would visit often with Cowboy at Sun Studio and they would talk about music and women. Cowboy Jack is the producer at Sun Records who pushed the recording button when The Million Dollar Quartet did their one and only recording session at Sun Studio December, 1956. You can hear Cowboy playing the guitar on that legendary jam session, with Johnny Cash (Only Present for a short time), Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.
Today, Jack is legend in country music and Nashville. He is still producing and performing in the Nashville area. This is one guy, you NEED to meet. And he will only be in town for our show! So don't delay!
The other musicians in the show include:
Billy Swan - American songwriter, Producer and Performer - I Can Help sold 2 million copies worldwide, Lover Please recorded by Clyde McPhatter in 1962, peaked at #7 on Billboard charts. Produced Tony Joe White's Polk Salad Annie.
Mr ”I Can Help” may not need any introduction, but not all may know that Billy became friends with Travis Smith at the gates of Graceland, and a few times actually hang out at the guardhouse and attended late night movies with Elvis at the Memphian. Later on when his career got started, working with Felton Jarvis – they were fooling around and Felton asked what would you like from Elvis and Billy said a pair of his socks. Felton ended up surprising Billy with a pair. They are still in Billy’s collection.
Billy Burnette: Memphis' own. Fleetwood Mac, Son of Dorsey Burnette, nephew of Johnny Burnette. More on Billy - Billy Burnette is the epitome of a rock star – he exudes talent, good looks, and the overall rock star aura wherever he goes and understandably so, given his journey as a musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist of choice and his personal history. Born in Memphis, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Dorsey William Burnette III (aka Billy Burnette) spent most of his youth in the presence of father Dorsey and uncle Johnny (of the legendary Rock and Roll Trio). Billy even got into the family tradition of making great music. The Trio made the Rockabilly name famous by combining the name Billy and his cousin Rocky for the 1953 “Rockabilly Boogie” – thus making the term Rockabilly a household name. The legendary Rock and Roll Trio influenced a diverse array of Rock icons including: the Elvis, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, and Ricky Nelson. Elvis used to spend many evenings jamming with the band in the Lauderdale Courts laundry room. “I met Paul McCartney once and he said that the Trio were one of his and John’s (Lennon’s) influences – nobody was making music like that back then.”
It’s not surprising; given his upbringing that Billy’s list of accomplishments in the music arena is both impressive and diverse. With over four decades of recording music, writing songs, and performing, Billy embarked upon his career at age 7. His first single, a Christmas song, “Hey Daddy” was recorded on Dot Records. When only 11 Billy recorded several songs for A&M Records, including one from Dr. Seuss titled “Just Because We’re Kids,” which Herb Albert produced and played trumpet on. By 13, the young Burnette was entertaining the troops with Brenda Lee to the Far East. But, it wasn’t until he was fifteen or sixteen that Billy picked up a guitar and began writing songs. Heavily influenced by the Beatles, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, and his dad’s music, Billy embarked upon his songwriting journey learning the craft from some of the greats. “It’s really funny because I grew up thinking that everyone wrote songs. I mean my dad did it, my uncle did it...”
At 18, Billy Burnette was only a week out of high school when he recorded his Columbia Records album with famed Memphis hit-making producer, Chips Moman (Elvis “Suspicious Minds” and “In the Ghetto” as well as multiple hits for the likes of Aretha Franklin and BJ Thomas). Burnette continued to write and record numerous records as a solo artist as well as a band member. In his early 20’s, Billy played guitar for Roger Miller as well as for his father, Dorsey Burnette. Billy continued his solo career, recording records and writing for such hit makers as Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Tammy Wynette, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Eddy Raven, and many more.
In 1980, Billy Burnette made the biggest solo record recording deal in history with Columbia Records. Shortly after signing on with Columbia Records, Burnette met Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) at an “American Bandstand” party. The two musicians became fast friends and formed the band, Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo in 1983, establishing a relationship that eventually led to collaborating with all Fleetwood Mac members. The Zoo was a Hollywood star-studded jam band, who was sometimes joined by artists such as Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Bob Seger, Eddy Van Halen and others. During that time, Burnette did not stray from his solo career, constantly penning tunes and introducing Country music to a new sound. By 1985 Burnette signed on with MCA/Curb.
During that year, Billy was nominated as “Best New Male Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music, competing against Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Marty Stuart, and T.Graham Brown. His promising Country music career took a sudden turn with one phone call. Burnette tells the story: “I was in an LA studio with Roy Orbison, cutting a song I’d written, “Dream You,” for the Mystery Girl album when Mick (Fleetwood) called and ask me to join Fleetwood Mac.” With a number one record worldwide and a sold out world tour, Billy began his journey with one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Burnette toured with Fleetwood Mac between 1987-1995 and appears on such records as: The Chain, Fleetwood Mac/Greatest Hits, Behind the Mask and The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac.
At the height of his Fleetwood Mac stint, Billy’s songs were being recorded by such famed artists as: Roy Orbison, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Cher, Faith Hill, Greg Allman, (see…. for compiled list). Billy’s natural good looks and ease on stage did not go unnoticed in Hollywood, as Burnette landed parts in several feature films including: Richy Rich, The Addams Family Reunion, Casper and Wendy, Not Like Us, and the leading role in Saturday Night Special, which featured Burnette’s songs throughout the film.
Burnette returned to Nashville and landed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records, and recorded the aptly named Coming Home. With Coming Home, Burnette re-entered the Country charts with the hit “Tangled Up in Texas.” Burnette teamed up with Bekka Bramlett, also of Fleetwood Mac association, to record Bekka and Billy. The Bekka and Billy record was well-received by music fans, artists, and critics alike.
Fast forward to 2003 – when Billy Burnette was tapped to play with none other than one of the most prolific songwriters of our time, Bob Dylan. Burnette’s talent as one of the most solid guitarists worldwide has garnered him more attention, complete with backing vocals and his stellar stage presence. And, the legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival lead man, John Fogerty has also rallied for Billy to come on board as part of several tours, including the current Willie Nelson Tour.
This year, 2006, Billy Burnette also recorded one of the most revered Rockabilly albums of his career, for its display of raw talent, Memphis in Manhattan. Memphis was recorded “live” in Manhattan at the St. Peter’s Church altar.
Burnette thrived on the vibe, “Doing it live brings out a certain energy in you, because you know you’re under the gun and you have to get it right then and there. And there’s something to be said for that. It was pretty wild. I had a lot of fun recording this record…it was a great experience, and it’s something I’m really proud of overall.” On Memphis, Burnette not only recorded several original tunes – five of which were written with friend Shawn Camp (a successful songwriter and Bluegrass recording artist), but also payed tribute to his father and uncle, by recording “It’s Late” and “Tear it Up”. Burnette also recorded an Everly Brothers classic, “Bye, Bye Love” and a song made popular by none other than Burnette’s own Memphis neighbor, Elvis “Big Hunk of Love.”
Billy has just put together a new band with Mick Fleetwood – expect to see them touring in 2007. When asked what the future holds for Billy Burnette: “to write that one great song and do another solo record next year.”
Jerry Carrigan: Legendary drummer from Muscle Shoals, 2010 Alabama Music Hall Of Fame inductee, first ever Elvis Week event! An Elvis Week Exclusive! Shane Keister: American Sound Studio, Stax, legendary Nashville Session Musician, TCB band member, first ever Elvis Week event!
Jerry Carrigan who started his career at 11 had his first recording session with Elvis Presley in 1970 at Studio B. They recorded songs like: Twent Days And Twenty Nights, I’ve Lost You, The Fool, Mary In The Morning, I Really Don’t Want To Know, Make The world Go Away, The Next Step Is Love and Sylvia and more. Later on that same year at the same studo B, Jerry played the drums on Snowbird, Whole Lotta Shaking Goin On ect. In 1971 again Studio B – Nashville, The first Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Early Morning Rain and more. Later on in Nashville; It Wont Seem Like Christmas, If I Get Home On Christmas Day, Merry Christmas Baby, Lead Me Guide Me, Lady Madonna, My Way (THE GREAT STUDIO VERSION), He Is My Everything to name a few. Jerry even play the Percussions on Burning Love. In 1973 at Stax, Jerry plays on a few session with songs like: Take Good Care Of Her and Sweet Angeline.
Reggie Young: Guitar player of The Memphis Boys, American Sound Studio, Original member of Bill Black’s Combo. Rated as one of the worlds best guitar players. Reggie is in on the famous American Studios from 1969 with Elvis Presley. This legendary session brought monster hits like, Don’t Cry Daddy, Kentucky Rain, In The Ghetto and Suspicious Minds. But also songs like Any Day Now, Power Of My Love, Rubberneckin’, Mama Liked The Roses, Hey Jude, Stranger In My Own Home Town, Only The Strong Survive, Wearin’ That Loved On Look among a lot of others. In 1973 at Stax, Reggie sat in on songs like: Take Good Care Of Her, I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby, Raised On Rock, For Ol’ Time Sake ect. On the country side, Reggie has recorded with all who matters. We are really honored to have Reggie on board.
Shane Keister: American Sound Studio, Stax, legendary Nashville Session Musician, TCB band member, first ever Elvis Week event! An Elvis Week Exclusive!
Shane Keister pictured with James Burton, fellow TCB band member.
Shane did some keyboard work on Elvis' Promised Land, Moody Blue, For The Heart, Hurt, Never Again, Love Coming Down and It’s Easy For you. Shane also worked with Elvis on tour in March 1976. A total of 8 shows from Johnson City, TN to St. Louis, Missouri.
Shane moved to Nashville in 1972 and quickly established himself as a very capable and well-rounded studio musician. His career flourished and in the late 80’s, he composed and produced the musical scores for Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam and Ernest Goes to Camp. At the request of the late Ahmet Ertegün, Shane moved to New York in 1989 to work for him as a staff producer/arranger at Atlantic Records.
Shane worked extensively with Ahmet until 2000 when he decided to again pursue his career independently. He continues to do studio work today, as a pianist/synthesist and as a producer/arranger. He owns an extensive list of vintage synthesizers, including a Fairlight 2x, a Synclavier, a Wave PPG 2.3, a Memory Moog, and an Oberheim Matrix 12 among many others. His work on records is extensive and constantly expanding.
Shane is currently a very successful musician/producer in Nashville. Here is his still growing list of artists and musicians he has worked with : Abra Moore, Alabama, Albert Lee, Alan Jackson, Alex Harvey, Allan Rich, Alvarado, Amy Grant, Ana Laura, Anastacia, Andrus Blackwood, Andy Williams, Anita Baker, Anjie Carpenter, Anne Murray, Arthur Alexander, Ashley Page, Austin's Bridge, Barbara Mandrell, Baillie and the Boys, Barney, Bebo Norman, Big Jim Lawrence, Bill Gaither, Bill LaBounty, Bill Medley, Billy Burnette, Billy Eckstein, Billy Joe Walker, Billy Joel, Billy Lee Riley, Billy Mann, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Swan, BJ Thomas, Bobby Bare, Bobby Caldwell, Bobby David, Bob Carlisle, Bonnie Bramlett, Boyd Williams, Brewer and Shipley, Brown Bannister, Bruce Carroll, Buddy Spicher, Buzz Cason, BW Stevenson, Carman, Carol Chase, Carly Simon, Cece Winans, Celine Dion, Charlie Daniels, Charley Pride, Charlie Rich, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, City Streets, Clay Walker, Clint Black, Colt Ford, Con Hunley, Connie Smith, Conway Twitty, Crystal Gayle, Dale Smith, Dallas Holmes, Dan Seals, Dan Fogelberg, Danny O'Keefe, Dave Loggins, David Allen Coe, David Frizzell, David Meece, Debbie Boone, Deborah Allen, Delbert McClinton, Dennis Linde, Devonsquare, Diane Schuur, Dion, Dobie Gray, Dolly Parton, Don Francisco, Don Williams, Donovan, Donna Fargo, Dottie West, Doug Kershaw, Downs and Price, Dr Hook, Earl Scruggs, Ed Bruce, Eddie Rabbit, Edwin Hubbard, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Fallenrock, Five For Fighting, Florida Boys, Foghat, Gail Davies, Gary Burr, Gary Chapman, Gary Paxton, Gene Cotton, George Benson, George Burns, George Jones, Georgette Jones, Glen Campbell, Grady Martin, Guy Clark, Guy Penrod, Hank Williams Jr, Harper Simon, Helen Reddy, Hotel, Ian Matthews, James Galway, Jan Howard, Janie Fricke, Jay Patton, Jerico Harp, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Reed, Jesse Winchester, Jim Hall, Jim Horn, Jim Varney, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Hall, Joe Cocker, Joe Ely, Joe Nichols, John Anderson, John Hartford, John Hiatt, John Prine, John Reid, John Stewart, Johnny Cash, Johnny Duncan, Johnny Gimbel, Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Rivers, Johnny Van Zandt, Joy Williams, Judy Collins, Judy Rodman, Julie Reeves, Kathy Troccoli, Kenny Rogers, Kevin Bacon, Kim Carnes, Kim Hill, Kris Kristofferson, Larry Gatlin, Lee Clayton, Lenny Breau, Leslie Mills, Linda Hargrove, Lionel Richie, Little Jimmy Dickens, Little Milton, Livingston Taylor, Lloyd Green, Loretta Lynn, Lou Gramm, Lou Rawls]], Lynn Anderson, Mac Davis, Maia Amada, Mandy Moore, Marcos Witt, Marcus Joseph, Margaret Becker, Marilyn McCoo, Mark Schultz, Marshall Chapman, Marty Robbins, Marty Stuart, Mary Ann Kennedy, Matthews Taylor and Johnson, Mel Tillis, Melanie, Melba Moore, Melissa Marquais, Merle Kilgore, Michael Bacon, Michael Card, Michael English, Michael Johnson, Michael Nesmith, Michael Smotherman, Michael W. Smith, Michelle Wright, Mickey Newbury, Miri Benari, Mo Bandy, Nathan DeGisare, Nathen Maxwell, Nick Kamen, Nino Tempo, Noel Paul Stookey, Olivia Newton John, Out of the Grey, Pam Rose, Pam Tillis, Pat Boone, Paul Davis, Paul McCartney, Paul Overstreet, Paul Thorson, Paul Rodgers, Peabo Bryson, Percy Sledge, Pete Drake, Peter Moon, Point of Grace, Pound, Pousette-Dart Band, Randy Travis, Ray Sawyer, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Reba Mcentire, Ricky Scaggs, Rita Coolidge, Roanoke, Robert Byrne, Robert James Walker, Robert Matarazzo, Roberta Flack, Rockin' Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters, Rodney Crowell, Roger Miller, Ronnie Milsap, Ronnie Rogers, Rosanne Cash, Rosie O'Donnell, Rusty Goodman, Rusty Weir, Sandi Patti, Sandy Posey, Sawyer Brown, Scott Stapp, Sharalee Lucas, Sheena Easton, Shirley Ceasar, Silver Spurz Orchestra, Sir Robert Charles, Skeeter Davis, Sonny Curtis, Speer Family, Steve Cropper, Steve Diamond, Steve Green, Steven Seagal, Steve Wariner, Steven Curtis Chapman, Steven Davis, Steven Santoro, Susan Ashton, Susie Luchsinger, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Sylvia, Tammy Wynette, Tanya Tucker, Taylor Dayne, Tammy Faye Baker, The Cruise Family, The Derailers, The Emotions, The Forester Sisters, The Girls Next Door, The Happy Goodman Family, The Imperials, The Judds, The Mandrell Sisters, The Metros, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Players, The Staple Singers, The Statler Brothers, Thom Schuyler, Tom Devoursney, Tom Jones, Tom Kimmel, Tony Joe White, Turley Richards, Twila Paris, Ullanda Innocent, Uranium 235, Vassar Clements, Verne Gosdin, Vickie Carrico, Vince Gill, Wayne Berry, Waylon Payne, Willie Nelson, (continuing).
Norbert Putnam grew up in the Muscle Shoals area of North Alabama and at the age of 19 dropped out of college to play bass on the first hit records that established “Muscle Shoals” as a recording destination. In 1964 The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (David Briggs, Jerry Carrigan, Norbert Putnam and Terry Thompson) opened the first Beatles concert in Washington, DC) A few years later Putnam moved to Nashville and quickly became Nashville’s busiest pop/rock bassist playing on thousands of recordings. (See sound on sound interview) In 1970 Norbert and best friend David Briggs formed DANOR Music and constructed the surround sound Quadrafonic Studio. That same year good friend Kris Krisofferson asked Putnam to take over the production of Joan Baez’s “Blessed Are” album. The subsequent hit single “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” sold over a million copies and soon Jimmy Buffett (Margaritaville), Dan Fogelberg, as well as New York and LA record labels came calling. Putnam became Nashville’s top pop-rock record producer and Quadrafonic became Nashville’s most successful independent studio. Danor Music went on to rank in the top ten of Nashville’s music publishers and produced three world famous writers, Troy Seals, Will Jennings and Max T. Barnes. In 1980 Putnam moved south to Franklin and opened “The Bennett House” studios, a pioneering effort that would bring more than seventy studios to the area. A few years later, with pal Denny Purcell, Putnam formed “Georgetown Masters” with NP’s esoteric hi-fi listening design. Georgetown went on the become one of America’s “top five” mastering facilities. Norbert or “Putt” as he was called by Elvis, was recently inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. In 2003 Putnam’s career took a different turn when he designed studios for the new Delta Music Institute at Delta State University. Norbert was then asked to serve as Director and taught producer/engineer studies there for two years. Recently, Norbert and his talented designer wife Sheryl have established residence back in Tennessee to be near their expanding number of grandchildren. Nashville was of course the location of Putnam’s most successful endeavorers. Governor Phil Bredesen recently signed a unanimous Senate proclamation acknowledging Putnam’s contribution to Tennessee music. Norbert is presently in the process of establishing a new publishing and production company, as well as and serving on The Alabama Music Hall of Fame board of governors.
Norbert and Elvis - On August 9, 1968 Putnam had his first session on an Elvis overdub session, for the gospel song, Where No One Stands Alone. In 1970, he is on the session that delivered material for That’s The Way It Is, Elvis Country and Love Letters. No doubt Elvis had a lot of respect for Putt as he would call Norbert. Norbert is in on a lot of studio sessions even the infamous Jungle Room Session at Graceland in 1976. In 7 years, Norbert play his bass on songs like; I’ve Lost You, The Sound Of Your Cry, Just Pretend, Faded Love, Rags To Riches, Early Morning Rain, Amazing Grace, Lady Madonna, I’m Leaving, Bosom Of Abraham, If You Talk In Your Sleep, My Boy, Promised Land, Spanish Eyes, Hurt and Moody Blue with Elvis Presley. Norbert’s last Elvis “sessions” is to overdub on Little Darling.
Dennis Jale -Austria's Rock Voice! Just released a new CD titled Nashville with the TCB Band and The Sweet Inspirations. Dennis is pictured here with The Sweet Inspirations. Dennis is a singer from Austria. And he is a huge Elvis fan. He has played and done tours for the last 10 years or so, with The TCB Band and The Sweet Inspirations. Dennis is really looking forward to sing in Memphis on this show. He has asked us to make sure to tell everyone how important it is to help and support our Sweet Inspiration Myrna Smith.
Barbara Hearn, Elvis' steady girlfriend in 1956 will be our special celebrity guest @ the concert. There also will be a mini convention before the show for ticket holders only from 6 PM to 8 PM in the lobby where special guests such as Elvis friend and author Sandi Pichon, Elvis' Memphis Mafia member Sony West, Elvis' friend and concert promoter Charles Stone, Roben Jones ( author of the highly acclaimed book, The Memphis Boys) will be on hand to sign books and photos, pose for photos and talk to the fans. More guests will be announced and you will not want to miss this chance to meet & greet with our guests, many of which are exclusive to Elvis Unlimited, some are first time guests at Elvis Week events and will not be at ANY other Elvis Week event!
JUST ADDED: Patsy Andersen, former Fan Relations Manager at Elvis Presley Enterprises for over 20 years, and W.S. Holland the legendary Sun Records drummer who played on the Million Dollar Quartet and with Johnny Cash
Do not miss the show everyone is calling THE event of Elvis Week!