In 1957, James was working on the Louisiana Hayride, a very well known radio show at the time. There he met Bob Luman. The band was called ‘The Shadows’ and consisted of James Burton on lead guitar, James Kirkland on bass and Butch White on drums. Together with Luman, they made a movie in Hollywood, Carnival Rock. It was in Hollywood where Ricky Nelson first heard them rehearse and decided to hire them for his own band.
The following records were recorded by Luman with The Shadows:
Blue Days, Black Nights – Imperial (1956)
Bring Along Your Lovin’ – Imperial (1956)
All Night Long / Red Cadillac and a Red Moustache – Imperial 8311 (1957)
Wild-Eyed Woman / Amarillo Blues – Imperial (1957)
Red Hot / Whenever You’re Ready – Imperial 8313 (1957)
Your Love / Make Up Your Mind Baby – Imperial 8315 (1957)
No Use in Lyin’ – Imperial (1957)
That’s All Right With Me – Imperial (1957)
Hello Baby – Imperial (1957)
This is the Night – Imperial (1957)
Maybelline – Epic 10581
Mystery Train – (1974)
To get all these songs on one cd, look for: “Bob Luman … Rocks His 50′s Recordings” on Sparkletone Records.
The following records were recorded by The Shadows:
Jumping with the Shadows
The last three songs can be found on That’ll Flat Git It! Vol. 8.
Bobby Lee Trammell was also on the Louisiana Hayride when he met James Burton. He took him and bassplayer James Kirkland to California to record ‘Shirley Lee’ and ‘I Sure Do Love You Baby’ in 1957. Ricky Nelson later covered this song with Burton and Kirkland.