Origins of the Black Keys’ Grammy-Winning Song “Lonely Boy”

The Black Keys owned the rock ‘n’ roll side of the Grammys this year, with their lead single from El Camino, “Lonely Boy,” taking home statues for “Best Rock Performance” and “Best Rock Song.” The Akron duo also churned out a fantastic performance of the song on the live show, featuring Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. And it’s easy to see why this song has caught fire over the last year; Dan Auerbach’s infectious riff plays off drummer Patrick Carney’s hard-pounding rhythms, a tune Auerbach told Rolling Stone was inspired by rockabilly musician Johnny Burnette’s “Train Kept a Rollin.’

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The Black Keys weren’t the only one to take Burnette’s swinging jam to heart. The song has been covered by rock luminaries such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Jeff Beck, Big Star’s Alex Chilton and even Metallica. But it’s the Black Keys who have taken this inspiration to Grammy gold, and made it into something of their own.

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