Dorsey Burnette

The Complete Motown Recordings 1964-1965

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Dorsey Burnette first found fame as a member of the pioneering rockabilly group Johnny Burnette & the Rock 'n' Roll Trio, and after the combo split up, Dorsey went on to a long career as a journeyman pop and country singer, as well as a more successful sideline as a songwriter. In 1964, after Dorsey had failed to score hits at Dot, Imperial, Reprise, and a handful of other labels, he found new sponsors in an unlikely place. Motown Records, the wildly successful soul and R&B label, was launching a new subsidiary, Mel-O-Dy Records, that would focus on country-influenced sounds, and they signed Dorsey to a record deal. Between April 1964 and August 1965, Burnette recorded 28 songs for Mel-O-Dy, some in California and others at Motown's famous Hitsville USA studio in Detroit. Sadly, most of Dorsey's sessions for Mel-O-Dy went unreleased and none of them produced a hit, but The Complete Motown Recordings includes all the sides Burnette cut during his 16-month tenure with Motown and Mel-O-Dy. Ranging from country and refined rockabilly to pop with a soulful undertow, The Complete Motown Recordings finally allows Dorsey Burnette's fans to explore a fascinating lost chapter in his discography.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:27 Amazon
2 2:29 Amazon
3 2:52 Amazon
4 1:46 Amazon
5 1:58 Amazon
6 2:53 Amazon
7 2:26 Amazon
8 2:45 Amazon
9 2:23 Amazon
10 2:23 Amazon
11 1:46 Amazon
12 2:06 Amazon
13 2:04 Amazon
14 2:16 Amazon
15 2:48 Amazon
16 2:18 Amazon
17 2:48 Amazon
18 2:19 Amazon
19 2:18 Amazon
20 2:35 Amazon
21 2:24 Amazon
22 3:09 Amazon
23 2:50 Amazon
24 2:26 Amazon
25 2:44 Amazon
26 2:54 Amazon
27 2:47 Amazon
28 2:34 Amazon
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