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Clifford Lee Burton was born on the 10th February 1962, in Castro Valley, California USA, and was a musician as well as a songwriter who, as Cliff Burton, was widely recognized for being the bass guitarist of the internationally famous heavy metal band Metallica in the first half of the 1980s. Cliff was killed on the 27th September 1986 near Dörarp, Ljungby Municipality, Sweden, in a traffic accident while on Metallica’s Damage Inc. tour.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this early-deceased rock star accumulated for life? How rich would Cliff Burton be today? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Cliff Burton’s net worth, as of mid-2017, would revolve around the sum of $1 million, acquired through his prosperous but short music career.

Cliff Burton Net Worth $1 million

Cliff was the third and youngest child of Jan and Ray Burton. His interest in music dated back to his very early years when he was introduced to classical music by his father. This later led him to taking piano lessons and deeply embracing the music. At the age of 13, shaken by his brother’s death, young Cliff began playing bass guitar. Practicing sometimes even over six hours daily, Cliff mastered his guitar playing skills, heavily influenced by not only classical music, but jazz, rock and heavy metal also. Cliff attended Castro Valley High School where he also founded his first band, named EZ-Street. His band mates were Mike Bordin and Jim Martin who later made their own names within the Ozzy Osbourne and Faith No More bands respectively.

Cliff enrolled at Chabot College in Hayward, California, where alongside Jim Martin, he founded another band – Agents of Misfortune, which soon after took part in the 1981 Hayward Area Recreation Department’s Battle of the Bands. Later that year, Burton made some more serious efforts towards his music career, and joined his first genuine band – Trauma. In 1982, Cliff with Trauma went to West Hollywood to perform in the Whisky a Go Go nightclub. While performing what later became his signature bass solo “Anesthesia – Pulling Teeth”, Cliff caught the attention of Metallica founders Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, and the rest is history! Becoming a member of Metallica was certainly a great decision, as this venture later brought Cliff Burton worldwide fame and a respectable amount of money.

Metallica’s debut studio album – entitled “Kill ‘Em All” – was released in 1983, featuring several of Cliff’s notable solo sections. The album was a real commercial success, selling over three million copies and earning 3x Platinum ratings. The following album, “Ride the Lightning” released in 1984, and containing eight songs of which six were written by Cliff, overtook the success of the first one, earning 6x Platinum ratings. The band’s third album “Master of Puppets” from 1986, which is still considered to be “the landmark of heavy metal”, also featured several of Burton’s songs as well as guitar solos, reprising the commercial success of its predecessor, earning 6x Platinum ratings too. It is certain that these accomplishments made a huge impact on Cliff Burton’s net worth at that time.

During the Damage Inc. tour, supporting the release of “Master of Puppets” album, Cliff Burton was killed at the age of only 24, in the dawn of 27th September 1986 after the band’s bus slipped of the road and flipped near Ljungby Municipality, Sweden.

In 2009, Cliff Burton was posthumously honored with induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, while in 2011, he was named the 9th on the Rolling Stone Magazine’s greatest bassists of all time list.

Quick Facts

Birth date: February 10, 1962
Birth place: Castro Valley, California, United States
Death date: September 27, 1986, Ljungby, Sweden
Height:1.88 m
Profession:Songwriter, Musician, Bassist
Education:Castro Valley High School
Nationality:American
Parents:Jan Burton, Ray Burton
Siblings:Connie Burton, Scott Burton
Music groups:Metallica (1982 – 1986), Trauma (1982), EZ-Street
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1The first instrument he learned to play was the piano.
2Metallica's instrumental song "Orion" (found on their 1986 album, "Master of Puppets") was played at Burton's funeral.
3Played bass only with his fingers, never used a pick
4Was a big fan of the band The Misfits. Metallica even covered two Misfits songs ("Die, Die My Darling" and "Last Caress/Green Hell") on their 1998 double cover album, "Garage Inc.".
5Metallica's first album, "Kill 'Em All", was originally titled "Metal Up Your Ass", but the label didn't like the title and forced the band to change it. After the band learned of the change, Cliff said "Just kill 'em all, man,". The rest of the band liked the phrase and decided to use it as the new title for the album, which was released in 1983.
6One of the riffs he recorded before he died appeared on the song "To Live Is To Die" on Metallica's 1988 album "...And Justice For All".
7In 1987 Metallica released a home video Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! (1987), in honor of Burton.
8Was killed in a tour bus accident on the morning of September 27, 1986, when Metallica was touring Europe after completing a spring/summer tour with Ozzy Osbourne in 1985. Jason Newsted replaced Burton as Metallica's new bassist in 1986.
9Former bassist for the heavy metal band Metallica. He worked on their first three albums ("Kill 'Em All", "Ride The Lightning" and "Master of Puppets").


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Rickenbacker bass guitar
2Unique bass style with heavy use of effects and distortion
3Ripped Jeans and T-Shirt


Quotes

#Quote
1Why 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.


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wrestle Donst Wrestle2015Documentary short writer: "For Whom the Bells Tolls" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Burton
Metallica Through the Never2013writer: "For Whom the Bells Tolls", "Orion" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Burton / writer: "Ride the Lightning", "Creeping Death", "Master Of Puppets"
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory2011Documentary writer: "Fade to Black"
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta2011TV Movie documentary writer: "Master of Puppets"
WrestleMania XXVII2011TV Special writer: "For Whom The Bell Tolls"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zombieland2009writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video Game writer: "Creeping Death", "Fade To Black", "Fight Fire With Fire", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Master of Puppets", "Orion"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock2007Video Game writer: "One"
Heavy Metal in Baghdad2007Documentary writer: "Fade to Black"
The Darwin Awards2006writer: "No Leaf Clover", "Sad but True" - as Clifford Lee Burton
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey2005Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets" - as Burton
The Devil and Daniel Johnston2005Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets"
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets", "Damage, Inc.", "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - as Burton
Old School2003writer: "Master Of Puppets"
American Movie1999Documentary writer: "Fight Fire With Fire"
Metallica: Cunning Stunts1998Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Ride the Lightning", "Fight Fire with Fire", "Master of Puppets"
Spawn1997writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls The Irony of it All" - as Burton
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills1996Documentary writer: "The Call of Ktulu", "Orion"
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All!1987Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "Damage, Inc.", "Master of Puppets", "Fade To Black", "For Whom The Bell Tolls"

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself - Accused
When Metallica Ruled the World2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004DocumentaryHimself
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All!1987Video documentaryHimself (Bassist)

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