The Bee’s Knees started in Dallas in 1975 thanks to the singer, guitarist and composer Roger Burton.
They quickly became popular in Texas and due to that did a lot live performance and some of their live gigs were aired at local radio stations.
The Bee´s Knees signed to the small label Derrick Records that released two albums coming out in the late ’70s. Both albums were influenced by many musical styles, a crossover of folk, pop, soul and jazz. The use of wind instruments and keyboards, the elegance of the sounds and arrangements recalls the refined Californian sound that is produced in the same years in Los Angeles.
Derrick Records 1979
Tracks: Starry Eyes, Winnin’ And Losin’, All My Love, Slip Away, Smile, Rainy Night In Georgia, Wasted, You And I & I Can See The Child.
Musicians on the Pure Honey album: Richard Bannister, Roger Burton, Rusty Lewis, Michael Paulson, Larry Wallace, D.C. Duncan, Jim Casey, Patrick Darling, Anson Funderburgh, Jerry Jackson, Steve Howard, Randy Lee, John Osborne, Jim Scaggiari, Patrick Darling, Paula Evans & Kelly McNulty.
The Bee´s Knees
Derrick Records 1978
Tracks: Child Is Father To The Man, She Gotta Go, One More Heartache, Carolina, Right Before Your Very Eyes, Drifter, Looking For Love, Gimme Some Skin My Friend & (Somewhere In The Middle Of The) Milky Way.
Musicians on the Bee´s Knees album: Roger Burton, Jerry Jackson, Michael Paulson, D.C. Duncan, Richard Bannister, John Pierce, Larry Rogers, Anson Funderburgh, Jerry Jackson, Frank Hames, Jerry Jackson, Rusty Lewis, Randy Lee, Mickey Raphael & Jimmy Spheeris.