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King's Heath honours The Move founder Trevor Burton as second star on Walk of Fame

Trevor Burton receives the King's Heath Walk of FameA true Birmingham Rock legend Trevor Burton who has lived in King's Heath for over 20 years became the second star to be inducted on to the Walk of Fame at an Award Ceremony at the Hare & Hounds on Monday 3rd. June. He then went on to play two sensational sets over three and a half hours to a jam packed room of over 250 fans in the evening.

Trevor was a founder member of the The Move – the first Birmingham super group of the 1960's - who were formed after a young David Bowie advised Trevor to gather together all the best Birminghanm musicians together into a supergroup and come down to London to play. Trevor taught himself to play guitar by ear when he was 7, formed his first group at 13 and turned professional when only 15 when he joined Danny King and the Mayfair Set before moving down to London with Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Carl Wayne and Ace Kefford.

The Move then went on to score nine Top Ten hits including “Flowers in the Rain” - the first single ever played on Radio One. When Trevor left in 1969 with “Blackberry Way” at No.1 in the charts he formed another short lived super group called “Balls” with Noel Redding from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Denny Laine from The Moody Blues, Alan White from the Plastic Ono Band and Steve Gibbons. He then went on to tour extensively as a member of the Raymond Froggatt Band , international stars on the country and western scene, and then with The Steve Gibbons Band when they scored their Top Ten hit “Tulane” and toured the U.S.A. supporting The Who.

He was presented with his star by fellow KIngs Heath based musician Steve Ajao before a large crowd of fans, family, friends and fellow musicians at an Award Ceremony held at 4 p.m. He then went onto play a concert to over 250 fans in the evening as part of The Trevor Burton Band and then as part of his current version of The Move featuring fellow founder member Bev Bevan.

Trevor Burton singing at the Hare & Hounds, 03062013

Trevor Burton said, “ I have enjoyed all of my career and to be given a star on the King's Heath Walk Of  Fame is fantastic . I would like to thank all those involved for making it happen. It's over 40 years from when I first played next door at the Ritz Ballroom in King's Heath with The Move and I remember it as being one of the top gigs on the Birmingham circuit.”

Bev Bevan, drummer with The Move and ELO, said “ Trevor is a fantastic blues guitar player. He left The Move to pursue his love of blues music and went on to play with Jimi Hendrix and many other great stars. He is a very committed musician and always gives a hundred percent on stage. His star is a great reward for all his really inspirational playing”.

Local residents Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker who came up with the idea of the Walk of Fame said, "We are delighted to be able to honour Trevor with a star. He formed the first major group to come out of Birmingham in the 1960's and has now lived in King's Heath for over 20 years. He is still a really influential figure on the rock and blues scene today inspiring a whole new generation with his guitar playing".

 
Trevor Burton Interview

Trevor was interviewed by Adrian Goldberg on BBC Radio WM on Thursday 21st March 2013, just as it was announced by the organisers of the Kings's Heath Walk of Fame that he'd been chosen to be the next to receive a star.

Trevor candidly discusses his whole career in music. He descibes how he taught himself to play guitar at the age of 7, formed his first band "The Everglades" when he was 13 and turned professional at the age of only 15 when he joined "Danny King and the Mayfair Set".

He goes on to describe how The Move were formed, why he quit The  Move when they were No.1 in the pop charts and touring America coast to coast with "The Steve Gibbons Band" supporting "The Who" playing to audiences of up to 80,000.

He also reveals how he once shared a flat in London with Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendix Experience, playing with Raymond Froggatt and how he has only done 4 days of paid work other than as a musician!.

We won't spoil the rest of the interview for you, but it's really worth a listen just to understand the complexities and genius of such a talented guitarist  grappling with stardom whilst trying to maintain his musical integrity.

Listening will help you realise how much Trevor deserves his star on the Walk of Fame. This will be presented to him on Monday 3rd. June 2013 at the Hare & Hounds on King's Heath High Street with an Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m. followed by an evening concert at 7.30 p.m. with a double bill consisting of the current line-up of "The Move" playing all their 1960's hits plus "The Trevor Burton Band" playing the rockier blues music he really loves. Tickets cost just £7 - a real bargain!

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The Move Videos

If you've read some of our other articles, you'll know that Trevor Burton helped form one of Britain's leading rock bands of the sixties, Birmingham-based The Move.  The Move were a headline act throughout the country scoring nine Top 20 UK singles in 5 years. The original members were - apart from our very own Trevor Burton on guitar and vocals, Bev Bevan on drums, Roy Wood on guitar and vocals, Chis "Ace" Kefford on bass and vocals and Carl Wayne on vocals. Jeff Lynne later joined on vocals, guitar, bass guitar and keyboards and the trio of Bevan, Wood and Lynne transformed into what would become one of Britain's leading global and iconic brands - The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). But Trevor had left before then in 1969 because he wanted to work in a more hard rock/bues oriented style.  So this article explores some of the original sounds of The Move with a few snippets of: "I can Hear The Grass Grow", "Blackberry Way" and "Curly".

I Can Hear The Grass Grow

Blackberry Way

Curly

 
Trevor Burton Videos

Over the years, Trevor has played at many venues all over the UK, and some of these have been recorded for prosterity by his many fans and uploaded to sites like youtube and beyond. On his website, a review by musician John van Der Kiste, has been posted of his band's album entitled "Blue Moons" (see the Trevor Burton Band's MySpace site for a taster of this album - here Ref MASC MASC003 Date: TBC), which states, "Blue Moons, is Trevor's first album in 12 years and was recorded with his previous band that featured Steve Dolan (bass), Richard Tandy, who stood in for him on a Move tour all those years ago (keyboards), Marjusz Matrenko (bass), and Jamie Little (drums). Two songs are Trevor's own, one is by Richard, and the remainder a selection written by the likes of Warren Zevon, J.J. Cale, John Hiatt, and one radically-restructured Elvis oldie. A full track-by-track rundown would be superfluous, so I'll say that anyone who's into Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher or B.B. King will adore this. You'll hear echoes of all three in this set, especially on songs like 'Little Rachael', Trevor's own 'Down The Road', the atmospheric 'Full Moon On Main Street', and 'If You Love Me'. 'River Runs Deep' is a masterpiece," 

So to pay homage to Van der Kiste's review we have included below some links to live performances of "Little Rachael", "Down The Road" and Trevor doing some brilliant guitar solo work on "River Runs Deep":

Little Rachael

Down The Road

River Runs Deep

 
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