James Burton was before Elvis Presley's lead guitar player and core of the band, a picker for a guy named Bob Luman who had one hit record (Let’s think about Livin ’59) and played the Irving Youth Center. That’s where I met him. We met again in 1998 here in Beaumont when he headed up the four piece band for Jerry Lee Lewis. He still owns a club in Shreveport. Good guy. He told me at dinner here, that he saw it coming with Elvis back in 1970. It was inevitable. A guy who literally walked on water, ate himself and drugged himself to death. I knew he was special when we met in Dallas in 1954 when he, Scotty and Bill played the big D Jamboree. He was the most well mannered guy you could imagine. What he captured in a bottle should have never been turned loose. But like his song “Fame and Fortune”, it happens. Legend? That’s probably who they had in mind when they invented the word. 41 forever. Elvis.
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