in Memphis, Tennessee on May 8th, 1953, Billy Burnette entered into a musical
family consisting of his legendary rockabilly father Dorsey Burnette and
uncle Johnny Burnette. Bu the end of the 1950s, the Burnette family
moved to Los Angeles. In 1960, Billy had his record debut, singing
on a Christmas single "Hey Daddy (I'm Gonna Tell Santa on You)" under the
name Young Billy Bo. In 1964 he began touring, and after his high
school graduation in 1969 his father took him back to Memphis to meet record
producer Chips Moman, and in 1971 he began collaborating with Larry Henley
on songs. After a few years of working as a producer and a guitarist,
he was signed to Entrance Records for whom he recorded his first self titled
album in 1972. He later signed with Polydor and recorded a second
self titled album in 1979. Another album, Gimmie You was released
on Columbia Records. After a meting with Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood
asked Burnette to join his solo project The Zoo for their 1982 record.
This was the start of a long relationship with Fleetwood Mac. In
1984 he co-wrote "So Excited" for Christine McVie's solo album, recorded
a song called "Are You Mine" for Stevie Nicks' solo album Rock A Little
(it was not featured, however), and backed Lindsey Buckingham on Saturday
Billy's songs have gathered attention - they have been covered by the likes of Ringo Starr, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, and many others. In 1985 Billy charted with "Ain't It Just Like Love" and "Try Me", both from his Try Me album. On this album, both Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood make guest appearances. A year and a half later, Soldier of Love was released on RCA records, and Burnette wrote "Dream You" for Roy Orbinson, who recorded it with Billy and Rick Vito for his next album.
In 1987 with Lindsey Buckingham's departure from Fleetwood Mac, Billy Burnette and Rick Vito were asked to join. They began with Greatest Hits in 1988, which was followed by Behind the Mask in 1990 and The Chain in 1992. Rick and Stevie left Fleetwood Mac in 1991, but Billy stayed behind. Shortly after their departure, Dave Mason and Bekka Bramlett (an old acquaintance of Billy's) were asked to Join Fleetwood Mac. This line-up produced the Time album in 1995, which sold only 300,000 copies upon its release. The upside of this was the chemistry between Bekka and Billy, and when Fleetwood Mac went on hiatus after it's 1995 tour, Bekka and Billy went into the studio. In 1997 their self titled debut CD was released to critical acclaim. Unfortunately, in early 1998 the duo split. Recently, Billy has been working on his song writing and acting skills, and his new album, Are You With Me Baby, was released on May 9th, 2000.