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Mizell recorded "Jungle Rock" in 1958 for Eko Records; the seemingly whimsical lyric tells of a narrator who happens upon a dance party in a jungle, with "a jungle drummer doing a knocked-out beat." The song did not chart but earned a positive review from Billboard, which suggested the song "would make good swingin' dance fare." Mizell and Bobo continued playing live until 1962, when they split up.By this time, Mizell was married to Rosemary, with four children (including David Alan, John Mark and William Jr.), and he finally gave up music and became a preacher for the Church of Christ.
Both he and Dorsey were also keen amateur boxers and later became Golden Gloves champions.Johnny worked mainly as a deck hand; Dorsey worked as an oiler.After work they would go back to Memphis and perform songs in local bars with a varying array of sidemen, including another former Golden Gloves champion, Paul Burlison, whom Dorsey had met at an amateur boxing tournament in Memphis in 1949. He is best-remembered for his rockabilly single "Jungle Rock" (1958), which was obscure on its original release but reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1976. After being discharged, he decided to take up singing professionally, with a band featuring guitarist Jim Bobo.Settling in Montgomery, Alabama, Mizell sang on local radio, where one of the presenters nicknamed him 'Hank', after the country singer Hank Williams.For economic reasons, the three moved to New York in 1956 and managed to get an audition for Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour.
Winning the competition three times in a row gained them a place in the finals and a recording contract with Coral Records, and they renamed themselves the Rock and Roll Trio.
In 1952, the Burnette brothers and Burlison formed a group called the Rhythm Rangers.
Johnny sang and played acoustic guitar, Dorsey played bass and Paul Burlison played lead guitar.
Many albums followed, current album No.6 “Blood and Thunder” has been released on I Sold My Soul Media (CD / LP) in 2013.
Over the years, the boys have been rockin' all over Europe in France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Ireland, Croatia; and even rocked the house in Moscow/Russia.
Later, Mizell was tracked down in Tennessee, and persuaded to come over to the United Kingdom. This was eventually re-released in 1999 on the German Repertoire label on CD (REP 4778-WG), with three bonus tracks.