RAY BURTON, Father Of Late METALLICA Bassist CLIFF BURTON, Dead At 94

Ray Burton, father of the late METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton, passed away on Wednesday, January 15 at the age of 94.

Burton‘s death was confirmed by his daughter — and Cliff‘s sister — Connie, who wrote in a social media post earlier today: “To let you all know that my Dad died last Wednesday. Rest in peace Dad.”

In a 2017 interview, Ray Burton revealed that he was using his son’s royalty checks to fund high school music scholarships. He told Alphabetallica: “One of the things from the royalties that I get, I give a scholarship to the high school he went to, Castro Valley High School, for music. The kids who won it they invariably write and thank me for. And I think Cliff probably would have done that with his money, because he was not against education by any means. He liked it very much.”

Burton joined METALLICA in 1982 and performed on the band’s first three studio albums: “Kill ‘Em All”, “Ride The Lightning” and “Master Of Puppets”. He also received a posthumous writing credit for the song “To Live Is to Die” from the band’s fourth studio album, “…And Justice For All” and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of METALLICA on April 4, 2009.

His life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash on September 27, 1986 in Sweden.

Burton‘s initial replacement in the group was Jason Newsted, who stayed in the lineup until 2001. Robert Trujillo joined in 2003 and remains in the band to this day.

February 10, 2018 was proclaimed “Cliff Burton Day” by Alameda County supervisors. The late METALLICA bassist would have turned 56 years old on that date had he lived.

Ray said that wealth didn’t change Cliff. “He was quite a humble person,” he said. “He just didn’t like the strutting types that so much of the rock ‘n’ roll musicians get to be when they get popular. He just liked to do his wild playing of heavy metal music. He never changed.”

Cliff‘s interest in music began at a young age when his father introduced him to classical music, guitar and bass. Cliff had a strong interest in rock, classical and eventually heavy metal. Cliff began playing the bass at age 13, following the death of his older brother, Scott and practiced up to six hours per day (even after he joined METALLICA). Along with classical and jazz, Cliff‘s other early influences varied from southern rock, country and the blues. Burton often cited Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, Stanley Clarke, Lemmy Kilmister, Ed King and Phil Lynott as key influences on his style of bass playing.

Cliff knew what he wanted to do and went out and did it,” Ray told Mark Agnesi, Gibson‘s director of brand experience, in a June 2019 interview. “How could you not support a child who has that initiative already in their system and wanting to learn an occupation like that? The way he pursued music and the enthusiasm he showed toward the playing, we thought, ‘well, let’s see what happens.’ Then when he came and said, ‘Can you support me for five years?’ not long after that, it was absolute history.”

To let you all know that my Dad died last Wednesday. Rest in peace ?❣️? Dad.

Posted by Connie Burton on Sunday, January 19, 2020

Source: HRRL News Feed via Blabbermouth.net
RAY BURTON, Father Of Late METALLICA Bassist CLIFF BURTON, Dead At 94
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RAY BURTON, Father Of Late METALLICA Bassist CLIFF BURTON, Dead At 94
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