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Rock Music

The song  was written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, who went on to compose many songs and film scores for Walt Disney endeavors (e.g., The Parent Trap, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, and many more). Johnny Burnette’s recording of “You’re Sixteen” went to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960 and #3 in the U.K. in 1961. It was featured in the soundtrack of the 1973 film American Graffiti. Ringo Starr did a popular cover.

Musician, singer-songwriter Johnny Burnette was born John Joseph Burnette in Memphis in 1934. He had been in the music business since 1952 and was part of a group called Rock ‘N Roll Trio, which consisted of Johnny, his brother Dorsey on bass, and guitarist Paul Burlison. The group disbanded in 1957.  Ricky Nelson recorded Burnette’s songs “Waitin’ In School,” “Believe What You Say,” “Just a Little Too Much,” and “It’s Late.” (The story is that Johnny and his brother Dorsey camped out in front of Nelson’s home to have him hear and record some of their songs. Nelson did.)  In the early 1960s, Burnette had success as a singer, particularly with “Dreamin’” and “Sweet Sixteen.”  He died in a boat accident in 1964.

Here are the lyrics to “You’re Sixteen” by Johnny Burnette:

“Ooh, you come out of a dream,
Peaches and cream,
Lips like strawberry wine,
You’re sixteen,
You’re beautiful and you’re mine.

You’re all ribbons and curls,
Oh, what a girl!
Eyes that twinkle and shine,
You’re sixteen,
You’re beautiful and you’re mine.

You’re my baby, you’re my pet,
We fell in love on the night we met.
You touched my hand, my heart went ‘pop,’
And ooh, when we kissed we could not stop.

You walked out of my dream,
Into my arms,
Now you’re my angel divine,
You’re sixteen,
You’re beautiful and you’re mine.

You’re my baby, you’re my pet,
We fell in love on the night we met,
You touched my hand, my heart went ‘pop,’
Ooh when we kissed we could not stop.

You walked out of my dreams, and into my car,
Now you’re my angel divine,
You’re sixteen, you’re beautiful, and you’re mine.”

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1 Comment

  1. bob says:

    I remember this song and Dreamin’. Sad that he died so young, I read that brother Dorsey died of a heart attack at 46. Still young from my perspective. I was a big fan of Ricky Nelson but didn’t know the Burnettes wrote songs for him. Thanks for the info. And Ricky died at 41.

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