Music Video Of the Week


"Train Kept A-Rollin'," Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio
This past week marked the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the completion of the first American transcontinental railroad, I thought I'd share as my Music Video Of the Week the Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio's version of the 1951 Tiny Bradshaw jump blues song "Train Kept A-Rollin.'"
Burnette and his group recorded ""Train Kept A-Rollin'" in 1956, and they reworked it as a song driven by an intentionally distorted guitar sound.  It would inspire the Yardbirds in their cover of the song, and that band's heavy use of lead guitars led to what we now call heavy metal. 
This video clip shows Burnette and his group performing the song with lots of cuts to people dancing.  I hope it gets you dancing too. :-)