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Readers of EJW‘s Cheryl’s Specials will be aware of a new release about T Bone Burnett.

In A Life in Pursuit, Lloyd Sachs describes the joys and challenges of working on soundtrack projects and albums like Elton and Leon Russell‘s The Union as well as Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s Raising Sand.

Besides being a producer, T Bone has a long history of performing. One of his earliest ensembles was called Loose Ends, and it was heavily influenced by the Beatles.

Another inspiration was Warren Zevon. Burnett said he heard Werewolves of London a day after Zevon wrote it (co-writing credits went to LeRoy Marinelli and Waddy Wachtel). He performed the song–albeit a reggae-tinged rendition–a couple of years before his pal and chess partner recorded it.

The 68-year-old has teamed up with everyone from Bob Dylan to BB King; appeared on ABC‘s Dharma & Greg; and helped create Nashville (also on ABC). But for a brief period, T Bone wanted to become a pro golfer. Probably one of the more precocious golf players, he was just seven when he caught the eye of fairway legend Ben Hogan.

Two or three years earlier, Joseph Henry Burnett III acquired his nickname. He can’t recollect how, though.

Likewise, the photo section shows the St. Louis native reidentifying himself. In an older shot, he’s playing guitar in a ten-gallon hat. In another, he looks more like a rocker as he opens for the Who. A 2015 photograph, though, depicts a more conservative-looking producer, conferring with Elton, Bernie Taupin and Davey Johnstone in the studio.