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Kenny Burrell and “Bye, Bye Birdie”

March 10th, 2008 · 6 Comments

The attached photo from Bye, Bye Birdie, dated c. 1960 was recently spotted by Musicology Chair Raymond Knapp. His sharp eyes identified the guitarist as our very own Ethnomusicology Professor and head of Jazz Studies, Kenny Burrell.


Tags: Ethnomusicologists · Faculty · Music history · Performance · Performers · School of Music

6 responses so far ↓

  • team method guitar // May 9, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Kenny Burrell is one of my favorite guitarists.
    Great photo.
    Nice sunglasses 🙂

  • guitarpicker7 // Jan 18, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Excellent photo! This is from the 1963 Columbia movie “Bye Bye Birdie” starring Vivien Leigh, Ann Margret and Dick Van Dyke. Whatever happened to the customized gold Fender Jaguar guitar the Conrad Birdie character played?

  • SirGuitarith // Apr 7, 2011 at 8:50 am

    That’s amazing! I grew up with that movie! I wouldn’t mind knowing where that gold Fender Jaguar is either.

  • guitar solo // May 30, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Awesome, just love these old school photos. Who is the guy with the axe?

  • Thirstymind // Dec 25, 2012 at 1:39 am

    There is something about the old school black & white photography – agreed ! The charm of a lost time or something else …. but anyway I love it !

  • absolutesound // Dec 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Yeah, that Fender would be a huge find! Mr. Burrell is a fantastic player too. “Midnight Blue” is an amazing album.