They Call Me Dr. Burt
Dr. G.B. Burt was born in Birmingham, A.L. During WWII his family moved to the West Coast where his father went to work in the shipyards. In 1947 his family moved back to Alabama and then on to Florida, often migrating to wherever his dad could find work. His mother played the piano and sang gospel music. His father and uncles Arthur and Herbert Burt were both blues guitarists. G.B. took up the guitar and playing the blues when he was in his teens. At 14 he began to box. In 1954 he fought in the Golden Gloves tournament and later he trained with Alvin Blues Lewis who went on to fight Muhammad Ali. At 30 he married and found work with Ford Motors in Michigan. At 40, he bought a wrecker truck and became an independent mechanic, a job he continues to this day.