Mandoliniste Country US né Kenneth C. Burns le 10 mars 1920 à Conasauga (Tennessee). Jethro Burns est décédé le 4 février 1989. Il a fait partie du duo Homer & Jethro.
mandolinist in the classic country comedy duo
Homer & Jethro, Kenneth Burns was
one of the finest instrumentalists of his generation, yet many people never
realized that fact. Behind the country hayseed garb, the hick patter, and the
outrageous parodies of popular songs, "Jethro" Burns and guitarist Henry "Homer"
Haynes were expert jazz musicians whose exaggerated hillbilly appearance and
zany sendups of songs belied the cleverness of their comedy and the
extraordinarily high quality of their music. From the duo's formation in 1936 to
Haynes' death in 1971, Homer & Jethro
were immensely popular, selling many records and becoming a fixture at the Grand
Ole Opry. After Haynes' death, Burns began a solo career that abandoned comedy
in favor of jazzy bluegrass and country. Jethro's music was extremely melodic
and graceful, combining elements of jazz, swing, country, folk, and bluegrass,
resulting in one of the most distinctive and influential mandolin styles in
country music history.
Born in Conasauga, TN, but raised in Knoxville, Jethro Burns (b. Kenneth C. Burns, March 10, 1920; d. February 4, 1989) began playing mandolin when he was a child, picking up his brother Aytchie's instrument. By the age of 11, he had grown into a skilled and accomplished instrumentalist, and he and his brothers frequently entered talent contests across Tennessee. At one of the concerts they lost, the sponsoring station, WNOX, asked the brothers to join a band called the String Dusters with another losing contestant, Henry Haynes. They accepted, and the group quickly earned a following; even at this stage, Jethro's playing demonstrated jazzy influences and inflections.
By 1936, Aytchie had left the group and Burns and Haynes had created the comedic Homer & Jethro characters that brought them to popularity. The duo made a good living from these rubes, winning a Grammy in 1959, starring in Las Vegas, and appearing regularly on TV, including The Tonight Show. Although they canned the country corn occasionally (as on Playing It Straight, a 1962 album), their on-stage wit and parodies of well-known songs ranging from the opera to the Opry made them famous. Regarding his "Jambalaya" being turned into "Jam Bowl Liar," Hank Williams said you know a song's good when it's been given the Homer & Jethro treatment. Other zingers include "She Was Bitten on the Udder by an Adder," "Mama, Get the Hammer (There's a Fly on Papa's Head)," and "I've Got Tears in My Ears from Lying on My Back in Bed While I Cry Over You."
Following Haynes' death in 1971, Burns continued to perform and teach the mandolin. During that decade, he wrote two instructional books on how to play the instrument with Ken Edison, which were published by Mel Bay. During the late '70s, Jethro played with the folksinger Steve Goodman, as well as the great country guitarist Chet Atkins. He also began recording a series of jazz albums during that era, many of which featured his son John on guitar. Jethro Burns continued to perform at string music festivals and concerts until his death in 1989. In the series of swing jazz albums he released during the last decade of his career, Burns demonstrated why he was considered the best mandolin player of a generation and, in the opinion of many, the best who has ever lived.
Talents : Singer, Guitar, Mandolin
Style musical : Traditional Country, Country Comedy, Swing
Années en activité :
|02/1976||LP 12" FLYING FISH HDS 701 (US)||HDS SESSIONS - Vassar CLEMENTS, Jethro BURNS, Sam BUSH, Norman BLAKE, David HOLLAND, Butch ROBBINS & Tut TAYLOR - Sweet Georgia Brown / Sauerkraut 'n Solar Energy / The Old Brown Case / Take The "A" Train / Going Home / McKinley's Blues / Oconee / Vassar And Dave|
|1977||LP 12" FLYING FISH FF 042 (US)||JETHRO BURNS - Stumbling / Jitterbug Waltz / C Jam Blues / Sweet Chorus / After You've Gone / Mama Was A Truck Driving Man / Back It Up And Push / Don't Get Around Much Anymore / Sitting On Top Of The World / Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / The Tattooed Lady / Kelly Boy Rag|
|1978||LP 12" FLYING FISH FF 072 (US)||JETHRO LIVE - Avalon / Autumn Leave / Kelly Boy Rag / Comedy, Swing 42 / Scotland / Nuages / Comedy / C Jam Blues - One O'clock Jump|
|1979||LP 12" KALEIDOSCOPE 9 (US)||BACK TO BACK - Jethro BURNS, Tiny MOORE & Eldon SHAMBLIN - Back To Back / Diane / In A Mellow Tone / Real Laid Back / Flickin' My Pick / Moonlight Waltz / Jethro's Tune / Swing '39 / Out Of Nowhere / Tickle Toe Young / Tiny's Rag Moore / Groovin' Night|
|1982||LP 12" KALEIDOSCOPE 14 (US)||TEA FOR ONE - No Greater Love / Tea For Two / Somewhere Over The Rainbow - When You Wish Upon A Star / Nola / Willow Weep For Me / Crazy Rhythm / Deep Purple / Sophisticated Lady / Wave / Rip-Off / Mandolin Picker's Epitaph / All The Things You Are / So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh|
|1983||LP 12" REBEL REB 1626 (US)||OLD FRIENDS - Jethro BURNS & Red RECTOR - Rainbow / Cielito Lindo / Back Home Again In Indiana / When I Grow Too Old To Dream / Fisher's Hornpipe / Down Yonder / Cept Old Bill / I Don't Love Nobody / Limehouse Blues / Arkansas Traveler / When You And I Were Young Maggie / Lara's Theme / Flop Eared Mule|
|03/1995||CD ACOUSTIC 15 (US)||SWING LOW SWEET MANDOLIN - Don STIERNBERG & JETHRO BURNS - That's A Plenty / Estrellita / Just Friends / Body And Soul / If I Had You / I'll Never Be The Same / Stella By Starlight / Fiddleobia / Golden Earrings / You Win Again / Fly Me To The Moon / Corrina Corrina / Shadow Of Your Smile / Smiles / Solitude / Swing Low Sweet Chariot|
|10/1997||CD ACOUSTIC 26 (US)||BYE BYE BLUES - Don STIERNBERG & JETHRO BURNS - Idaho / Laura / Lazy River / Four Leaf Clover / Bye Bye Blues / I Surrender Dear / Mood Indigo / I Never Knew / California Here I Come / Love Me Or Leave Me / Tuck Me To Sleep (In My Old 'tucky Home) / I'll Always Be In Love With You / Jeanine I Dream Of Lilac Time / Paramount Stomp / You Made Me Love You / Home / Let's Dance / Bill Bailey / Absence Never Makes The Heart Grow Fonder / I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Sunday / Idaho|
|11/1998||CD FREELAND 653 (US)||THE PURITAN SESSIONS FEATURING KEITH COLE - Taterbug Rag / Djangology / Just A Closer Walk With Thee / Jethro's Tune / Flakey / Kelly Boy Rag / Rip-Off / Nola / Beaumont Rag / Fickle Fingers / Litterbug Waltz / Crazy Daisies / Secret Love / Intro To Bye Bye / Bye Bye Blackbird / Intro To Blues In B Flat / Blues In B Flat / Intro To Solitude / Solitude / Out Of Nowhere / Intro To Birth Of The Blues / Birth Of The Blues|
|08/2005||CD ACOUSTIC ? (US)||BACK TO BACK - Tiny MOORE & Jethro BURNS
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