Guitarist James Burton, whose licks have graced recordings and tours by artists ranging from Elvis Presley to John Denver, was recognized at the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Louisiana Legends Awards in Baton Rouge.
Each year Friends of LPB honors outstanding Louisiana citizens who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines including writing, art, entertainment, politics, public service and athletics.
Burton, a Minden native who grew up in Shreveport before leaping into the greater world of popular music, joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and over the last decade has added the title philanthropist to his list of achievements through the annual James Burton Rock and Roll International Guitar Festival. Through that he raises money to purchase guitars and put music back in classrooms. He’s donated hundreds to students throughout Caddo and Bossier parishes.
The Louisiana Legends Awards gala serves as a fundraiser for Friends of LPB with proceeds going to support the programming and educational services provided by LPB. There was be a silent auction featuring items donated by the 2010 honorees themselves and by Louisiana businesses.
Elvis Presley Is Americans' 3# Musical Fave
Celine Dion and U2, together at last! At least, they're in close proximity as No. 1 and No. 2 in the rankings for Americans' favorite musical act, according to a Harris Poll released today. Whether alive or dead, Elvis Presley finished in a third-place tie with the Beatles.
The Dutch Elvis For Everyone fan club announced the release of the second volume in the "Images" photobook. This volume is due May 2010.
(Source: Elvis Unlimited / Google News)