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No words were ever spoken / no time to say good-bye. /
You were gone before we knew it/And only God knows why!"

In Loving Memory of the Late Multi-Talented Music Man, Mr. Billy Joe Burnette.
By Kalena Harmer • kalena.harmer@gmail.com

 
Kalena HarmerBorn on June 21st - 1941, in Roanoke Virginia; Billy Joe Burnette in his youth dreamed of becoming a star. Though times were tough, nothing was too difficult for Billy Joe. He was dedicated, committed and hard working.

He recorded several albums, and wrote many well-known songs, but he was most recognized for co-writing “Teddy Bear,” recorded by Red Sovine. It quickly became a multi-million seller all over the world, and one of the most popular truck driver songs in history. In 1976 Billy Joe Burnette garnered every prestigious BMI award for “Teddy Bear.”

Billy Joe also recorded and produced an album in tribute to the late Elvis Presley entitled "Remembering Elvis." Most people do not know that Elvis himself told the LeGarde twins that his friend, Billy Joe Burnette sang so great and with so much soul, that he sounded more like him {Elvis} than any other singer! What a compliment coming from Elvis Presley. “Welcome Home Elvis," a song that went Gold, is another song that Burnette wrote and recorded as a special tribute to his friend, Elvis. Billy Joe thought the world of Elvis and loved to perform his Elvis songs. As you can guess, this album was a million dollar seller as well.Billy Joe Burnette

Billy Joe always gave one hundred percent of himself to any musical project that he was involved with. He was also a well-known and respected music producer, and definitely a most talented individual. So many recording artists found a true friend in Billy Joe Burnette. He was so deeply loved and respected by fellow recording artists, musicians and song writers in the music industry. Billy Joe had a beautiful clear, strong voice with a four octave range, which allowed him to record several genres of music. He taught himself how to play the guitar and piano, but most importantly of all, how to sing and perform. He was a natural showman who loved to entertain and make people laugh.

He was born loaded with talent, but his big, warm, teddy bear heart is what I loved best. Material things did not matter to him. Making others smile and laugh is what brought him the most joy. He would often reach out and help those around him who he could see were in need, without asking them if they wanted his help, or without letting other people know who he was doing something for.

The entire music world lost a mighty talent on December 29th 2016, when Billy Joe Burnette passed away at his home in Florida, where he loved to fish. As we will forever remember Elvis...let us also be sure to remember our true friend Billy Joe Burnette. He was a gentle giant in the music industry who had a multitude of plaques awards, and accomplishments during his fifty year span in music. He had many ups and downs, challenges and successes to remember, but music was his heart beat. Yes music was definitely his first true love. “Remembering Elvis” … Remembering the legend, Mr. Billy Joe Burnette. ”Welcome Home Elvis” - Now heaven most definitely welcomes home Billy Joe Burnette. Gone but NEVER forgotten, for he remains in our hearts. Rest in peace my best friend. With deepest sympathy you have gone on to the greatest home of all . . . We all miss and love you. God bless you always Billy Joe Burnette.
 
 
 
 
 
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