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Guitarist now 70 but not a record breaker

James Burton performs a song with about 800 others in an  attempt at a Guinness record.
James Burton performs a song with about 800 others in an attempt at a Guinness record.
Henrietta Wildsmith, Associated Press

Pioneering rockabilly guitarist James Burton led an ensemble of about 800 guitar players Saturday in a celebration of his 70th birthday but failed in his attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records.

At the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, La., roughly 30 miles west of his hometown of Minden, Burton led a battalion of pickers through the Elvis Presley hits "That's All Right, Mama" and "Hound Dog."

Guinness lists the world's largest guitar ensemble as 1,802 participants led by Andreas Vockrodt in Germany in 2007.

Burton, who is known for working with the Presley and Ricky Nelson bands, celebrated his birthday Friday.