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This profile was last updated on 8/18/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Guitarist

Burt BLANCA
 
Background

Employment History

  • Amazin' Guitar
    Burt BLANCA
  • Musical Arranger
    Reader' S Digest
  • Musical Arranger
Web References
Biographie
www.burtblanca.net, 18 Aug 2012 [cached]
Burt Blanca was born on August 6, 1944 in the northern suburbs from Brussels. Guitarist of considered studios, Burt Blanca is the pioneer of the rock'n'roll in Belgium. He is the interpreter of many hit tunes such as: Touche pas à mon rock'n'roll, Ma Guitare bleue, Le Train ne passe plus par là, Voilà le temps des vacances, Dansons, Limbobossa, Rock'n'Roll is good for the soul, Le Locomotion, Hey Baby, Twist twist senora or ClapClap Sound. First price of Academy, author, type-setter and musical arranger, he will become singer by largest of the chances! A life in rock'n'roll at the age of the 5 years, Norbert is caught and attracted by the music.
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After the recording of one 45 record for the French label "Festival", Burt signs in 1961 a contract with the French firm "Pathé- Marconi", under the management of Jean Paul GUITER, also artistic director of "LES CHATS SAUVAGES", with which he will collaborate until 1964.
With the 16 years age he attends all the Belgian studios of recording, with the guitar, to accompany: ADAMO, FREDERIC FRANCOIS, ROBERT COGOI, ANDRE BRASSEUR, CLAUDE BARZOTTI, PLASTIC BERTRAND, WILL TURA, JOHAN VERMINNEN..... and also some French artists, not of least: CHARLES AZNAVOUR, JULIETTE GRECO, GILBERT BECAUD, CARAVELLI, LA COMPAGNIE CREOLE....
In the years 1960, he is devoted like one of the "sizes" of the rock'n'roll in Europe. Burt will play an uninterrupted series of concerts in various prestigious rooms (le Golf Drouot, Palais des sports in Paris, in Olympia in Paris, etc.) and will officiate with the same poster as a number of artists of international fame (THE ANIMALS, THE KINKS, GENE VINCENT, inter alia).
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In 1968, Burt BLANCA makes a hit with "R.N.ROLL IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL" with the brother of an American producer Albert VAN HOOGTEN, who makes pass Burt for an American under the pseudonym of Winky HAWKS.
Always in 68, Burt meets in MONTBELLIARD, Vince TAYLOR, who is then "with the trough of vagueness". Vince finds himself without musicians and after his show, Burt proposes to him to accompany it with his musicians.
In the years 1970, Burt will specialize in the albums of rock' roll covers under his name.
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In 1974, Burt makes the first part of Bill HALEY in ANCIENNE BELGIQUE of Brussels. Burt ensured, several times, the first part of JohnnyHALLIDAY.
In 1976, following an estrangement with his brother, Burt is found without anything. That curbs temporarily its career. At the same time, Burt goes up on stage of Forest National. He is found to make dance parties, in competition with Liane FOLY, GOLD, Jean Jacques GOLDMAN, VOULZY, SOUCHON. At the beginning of the Eighties, Burt collaborates with the producer Lou DEPRIJCK. He plays and composes for PLASTIC BERTRAND. During this Burt composes the hit : "THEY'LL NEVER KILL R.N.Roll" at HEBRA RECORDS.
In 1983, he creates Belgian group THE KLAXONS and composes, in collaboration with his friends Jean-Marie TROISFONTAINE and RogerVERBESTEL, the piece "Clap, Clap Sound".
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Despite everything the encountered problems, Burt comes out regularly of the 33 and 45 records. His first CD is born also at HEBRA RECORDS and very quickly become missing "25 YEARS AGO AND NOW". Then it is the title "UN TRAIN CE SOIR", which makes the turn of the world.
In the eighties, missing on T.V. and radio's, most of his fans think that he stopped playin'music but continue to buy the CD's. After a few years, Burt BLANCA makes in 1998 the albums "IL FAUT LE VIVRE" and its English copy "HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW" (Hebra Records) to which take part Ricky NORTON as author, Alain DARMOR English joint author, and Burt the composer. These albums came out in 2003, at the same time as CD "CLASSICAL ROMANCE". At the beginning of the years 2000, he becomes musical arranger for Reader' S Digest.
In November 2003, Burt BLANCA is the head of the show in the THEATRE DE LA LOUVIERE in Belgium.
At the end of January 2004, he is a part of the recording of a television series "FAMILIE", this episode was diffused at the beginning of December 2004 on chain VTM in Belgium. In June 2004, he found his notoriety back, and is again on stage of OLYMPIA in PARIS. In October, Burt celebrates its 45 years of career in ANCIENNE BELGIQUE in Brussels.
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In 2007, Burt comes out a DVD, heading "the OTHER KING OF ROCK'N'ROLL!!! ", taking the integrality of a concert collected on July 1, 2006 on stage of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux. Produced by association "Burt BLANCA", this DVD is composed of 33 titles. Parallel to its solo career, Burt never gave up his activities of musician of studio.
Discographie
www.burtblanca.net, 18 Aug 2012 [cached]
Western country by Burt Blanca
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Burt Blanca Here today,gone tomorrow
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Burt Blanca Il faut le vivre
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Burt Blanca Classical Romance
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Burt Blanca The king of music Rock'n roll is good for the soul
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Burt Blanca Amazin' Guitar
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Burt Blanca in session with the music lovers
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Burt Blanca volume 4
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Burt Blanca volume 3
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Burt Blanca volume 2
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Burt Blanca volume 1
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Burt Blanca 25 Years ago...And Now
ElvisWeb Official Elvis Presley Fan Club - History
www.elvisweb.co.uk, 29 Nov 2004 [cached]
Local singer Burt Blanca had people standing on tables to see him as he leapt off the stage while rocking out TuttiFrutti.Interviewed later, Blanca, leader of the King Creoles group, stated,´Ilike everything about Elvis.His voice makes the sun shine.´
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