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 Rubel Elijah “Barney” Burcham

Rubel Elijah “Barney” Burcham

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Death 16 Feb 1992 (aged 68)
Burial Bartlett, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 52883082 · View Source
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Rubel Elijah 'Barney' Burcham of Memphis, who played guitar at Memphis Recording Service before Elvis Presley recorded his first songs there and later had his own record on the Moon Records label, died Sunday at his home. He was 69. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memory Hill Gardens. Mr. Burcham, of 2870 Knightway Cove, was a retired master toolmaker and supervisor of the tool and die department at Hunter Fan Co. for 40 years. He worked as a guitar player and vocalist at Meteor Records in Memphis. Mr. Burcham wrote his single record release, "Chain of Broken Hearts." He co-wrote "I Fell" with Cordell Jackson, who owned Moon Records. On Monday night, Jackson said, "Barney's record was the second single that I released on my record label...He was a real good musician." Mr. Burcham's recordings are on display in the Mud Island Museum Memphis Music Room between those of Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. He was a Mason and an Army Air Corps veteran and was affiliated with Christian Heritage Church. He leaves a daughter, Phyllis Andrea Burcham of Memphis; two sons, Rubel Andrew Burcham of Collierville and Dr. R. F. 'Rick' Burcham of Collinwood, Tenn.; two sisters, Ruth Hagen and Sibyl Birmingham, both of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and two grandsons. (Published in The Commercial Appeal 2/18/1992)

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  • Created by: Carole McCaig
  • Added: 26 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52883082
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rubel Elijah “Barney” Burcham (30 Sep 1923–16 Feb 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52883082, citing Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Bartlett, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Carole McCaig (contributor 46785778) .