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60th Anniversary Tele Notes & Trivia: 1956

Post by Jeff Owens

In a Nashville recording studio in July 1956, Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio lay down an energetic rock ‘n’ roll version of a jump blues song written in 1951 by Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay and Lois Mann. On this song, Trio lead guitarist Paul Burlison uses his Telecaster to play one of the first recorded instances—if not the first recorded instance—of a contemporary fuzz guitar sound.

The song later became a garage rock staple when the Yardbirds recorded another cover of it in 1965, and an album-rock classic in 1974 when Aerosmith recorded yet another version of it. Countless others have performed and recorded the song too, including the Nazz, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Jeff Beck, Alex Chilton, the Tragically Hip and Metallica.

What is the title of this famously rocking and rolling song?

Update: The answer is The Train Kept-A-Rollin’”

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