Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Songs The Yardbirds Taught Us (#3): The Johnny Burnette Trio - The Train Kept A-Rollin'

Rip Roaring Rock-N-Roll is embedded in this post. You've been warned.

Day three of On The Flip-Side getting Under The Covers with The Yardbirds and their many cover versions of songs takes us to Tennessee where The Johnny Burnette Trio recorded and released The Train Kept A-Rollin' in 1956 for Coral Records. True, this is not the first version. Tiny Bradshaw gets that credit. Listen to it here. But it is this version that Jeff Beck heard. This record inspired Beck to radically reimagine the song as he and his bandmates hit Tennessee on a tour and squeezed in a recording session at Sun Records in '65. The Yardbirds' version was released in the US Germany on Epic in November of '65. As a Flip-Side we might point out. In the US it was part of the Having A Rave Up long player released in '66.

The Johnny Burnette Trio give us a very different version than what The Yardbirds gave us. But I think you'll agree, it's pretty dang amazing.
Until next time, we'll see you On The Flip-Side!


  1. That would be awesome if Train were released in the US on Epic. It wasn't. Maybe you're thinking of tomorrow's post?

    Today's song saw only one release on a Yardbirds single that I'm aware of: Germany, November of '65 as the flip to I'm A Man.

    1. I stand corrected. I was actually thinking of I'm Not Talking. But I didn't do my homework.

  2. What a beautiful record.

  3. It wasn't recorded at Sun. Sam Phillips had moved his studio to another locale in memphis by that time. The Yardies would have recorded at his new digs. Vocals, btw, were added later in NYC by Roy Halee, who produced Simon and Garfunkle.