Although Nelson was seen by some people as a teen idol pretender to the Elvis throne, "I think he did have a feel for it," Burton says. "It was interesting to play music with him. He loved the rockabilly style I used with Luman. He loved that energy. But we did so many different styles, from pop to R&B to country to a Ray Charles ballad. It was great."
Burton got noticed as a peerless rock guitarist on TV and was invited to play on Johnny Cash's 1964 series before being invited to put together a house band for the "Shindig" show, the Shindogs.
"We backed so many artists on that show," Burton says. That led to a lot of studio-session work. His work appeared on recordings by the Everly Brothers, Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, the Fifth Dimension, Sonny and Cher, the Monkees, "you name it," Burton says.
He wasn't just a player for Top 40 pop. He also played on the more standard recordings by Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat "King" Cole and Charles.