He is best known for his 1980 hit single "Tired of Toein" the Lincolnshire" which he co-wrote with Ron Coleman, who formerly wrote, recorded and performed with the Brothers Grim and the Everly Brothers. He released his first album, Son of Rock "n" Roll, on Electric and Music Industries America in 1979. In the summer of 1980, his single "Tired of Toein" the Lincolnshire" became a #8 POP hit in the United States.
The song was also popular internationally, becoming a Number.
1 hit in Australia and peaking at Number. 3 in South Africa. lieutenant reached Number.
58 in the United Kingdom Singles Chart. Electric and Music Industries America"s financial problems interfered with promotion efforts for the follow-up singles (several of which became hits in other countries), and Burnette"s second album, Heart Stopper, was not successful.
In 1981, Burnette toured Europe with the final version of his deceased father"s Rock and Roll Trio.
He also used the band on his next album, Get Hot or Go Home! on Enigma Records. lieutenant also sold poorly, and Enigma dropped Burnette and the Trio rather than release a follow-up. In 1996, Burnette released Tear lieutenant Up on Core Records.
Burnette co-wrote the European hit "You Got Away With Love" for Percy Sledge in 1997 which was produced by Saul Davis & Barry Goldberg.
He continues to tour internationally at a number of rockabilly shows.