Rocky Burnette grew up around the music from day one. His father was rockabilly hell-raiser Johnny Burnette, whose mid-’50s sides for the Coral label as front man for the Memphis-based Rock ’n Roll Trio helped pioneer the genre. Uncle Dorsey Burnette, no slouch as a singer himself, was that ferocious crew’s bass slapper. Dorsey’s son, guitarist Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac), is Rocky’s cousin. Thus, Rocky learned from the best in the business when it came to the fine art of rocking the house—priceless knowledge that defined his 1979 debut LP, appropriately titled The Son of Rock and Roll, which contained the Top Ten hit “Tired of Toein’ the Line.”
Did you know?
- “Tired of Toein’ the Line” hit #1 in Australia and #3 in South Africa, in addition to being a Top 10 hit in the U.S.
- Rocky Burnette and his father, uncle and cousin are the subjects of the documentary film Raised on Rock: The Burnette Family Legacy
- Dwight Twilley and Rocky Burnette are good friends who co-wrote Twilley’s song “Max Dog” amongst other collaborations