Cliff Burton (1962–1986)

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Clifford Lee Burton was born on February 10, 1962 in Castro Valley, California, to Janet (Morgen) and Ray Herbert Burton. He had two siblings. His mother was from a German Jewish family, and his father was of British Isles descent. As a youngster, Clifford always liked music, listening to genres such as blues, classical, country and jazz, and he ... See full bio »

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Zombieland Soundtrack
Spawn Soundtrack
Old School Soundtrack
Daddy's Home Soundtrack


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 1986 Metallica: Master of Puppets (Video short)
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Before joining Metallica, Burton played in the bands A.D. 2 Million, Agents Of Misfortune, EZ Street, and Trauma.

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6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Why should we change on stage? We're not trying to be something big and fancy, it's just us, doing what we do, we'd like to keep it that way.


In 1987 Metallica released a home video Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! (1987), in honor of Burton. See more »


Unique bass style with heavy use of effects and distortion See more »

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