b. 28 December 1932, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 19 August 1979. He was a member of a classic '50s rock ‘n’ roll act, a hit soloist act in the '60s and a country star in the '70s. He helped form the highly respected Johnny BurnetteTrio, with younger brother Johnny in 1953. After appearing in the film ROCK, ROCK, ROCK in 1956, Dorsey left the trio. He recorded with Johnny as The Texans (on Infinity and Jox) and wrote big hits for Ricky Nelson including, It's Late and Waitin In School’. As a soloist, he recorded for Abbott, Cee-Jam, and then Era, where he had his two biggest solo hits Tall Oak Tree and Hey Little One in 1960, both classics of their kind and both showcasing his deep rich country style voice. He then recorded without luck on Lama, Dot, Imperial, Reprise, Mel-O-Day, Condor, Liberty, Merri, Happy Tiger, Music Factory, Smash (where he re-recorded Tall Oak Tree), Mercury and Hickory. In the '70s he had 15 Top 100 country hits (none making the Top 20) on Capitol, Melodyland, Calliope and Elektra, with whom he had only recently signed when he died of a heart attack on 19 August 1979. His son Billy Burnette is also a recording artist.
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