Johnny Burke

1275539_10151611470835146_1284778723_o Johnny Burke was born Jean Paul Bourque in the French Acadian community of Rosaireville, New Brunswick, Canada. In the early 60’s Johnny moved to Toronto and immediately began performing in a country/rock group called Johnny and the Bees. Shortly thereafter he joined another group called the Blue Valley Boys; Johnny’s first professional job. He then landed a gig at the famous Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto and for the next four years backed name artists such as Lefty Frizzell, Tex Ritter, Loretta Lynn, Red Foley, Charley Pride, Stringbean, Dottie West, Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell, Bobby Bare and Carl Smith.

When the Country Music Hall, hosted by Carl Smith, began on the CTV national network, Johnny, along with his guitar player, were chosen from the Blue Valley Boys to back Carl on the show. For the next 3 years Johnny played bass on the Country Music Hall and was later invited to appear as a guest artist.

Unfortunately Johnny Burke has passed away on the 21st of September, 2017, almost 2 years after I did this article for him. His website will remain open. For funeral details please see quintecremationservices.com Thank you


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