Thursday, May 29, 2014

Jim Burgett On ORO

"Live It Up"
"Scene Of The Crime"
ORO Records 
#1502 #1505 #1506

When one thinks about great rockabilly records of the late 50's & early 60's, "Lake Tahoe" usually doesn't come to mind. But that's exactly where Jim Burgett & his band first set up shop at the American Legion Hall in 1957.

The boys gained enough notoriety on the scene that Columbia came calling, and in 1961 the label released Burgett's spooktastic minor key lament "The Living Dead" b/w "Let's Investigate."

After this, Burgett returned to cut two discs on the Modesto, California ORO label that released his first single "I Believe In You" b/w "Live It Up."

These recording sessions produced his most arguably well-known record "Scene Of The Crime" b/w "I Wouldn't Dare" in 1963. The same year saw the release of "Pauline" b/w "This Is The Night."

Burgett's only other major label 45rpm release was "Now I Taste The Tears" b/w "Innocence Is To Blame" on MGM in 1969.

Jim Burgett now lives in Las Vegas, where he still performs on a regular basis.