Trevor Burton

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Trevor Burton occupies an odd position in British rock history. A serious blues enthusiast, his most visible gig after 40 years in music is still the three years he spent playing with the pop-rock band…
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Trevor Burton occupies an odd position in British rock history. A serious blues enthusiast, his most visible gig after 40 years in music is still the three years he spent playing with the pop-rock band the Move, which he co-founded. He was playing with Danny King & The Mayfair Set when, following an after-hours jam, he, Roy Wood, Ace Kefford, Carl Wayne, and Bev Bevan formed the Move, which proceeded to burn up the charts over the next four years with their eclectic mix of pop-rock and psychedelia, mostly dominated creatively by Wood's songwriting. Burton's influence was mostly felt in the slashing guitars that worked their way in between the odd classical and r&b riffs that drove their songs. He left the band in 1969, tired of their pop excesses and interested in striking out in his own direction, which he did briefly, with Steve Gibbons in a band called Balls. They didn't last long, however, and by the early 1970's Burton was making his living as a session musician. He spent the second half of the 1970's and the first half of the 1980's as a member of the Steve Gibbons Band, and later teamed up with Robert Plant as a member of the Journeyman Musicians, as well as playing as a member of Dexy's Midnight Runners. Since the 1990's, he has led the Trevor Burton Band, which plays his brand of blues his way.