Every year on February 10th, we must take a moment to remember Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986), one of the greatest bassist in heavy metal history, Without Cliff there would be no Metallica.
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The world lost a great bassist on September 27, 1986, when Metallica's tour went off the road in a rural area of Southern Sweden, sending him out the window before rolling on top of him. The band and crew tried to save Burton, and were actually able to lift the bus a little, but succumbed to the weight and dropped it before they could get him out. Burton was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Metallica on April 4th, 2009.
Cliff was born February 10, 1962 in Castro Valley, California. His interest in music was sparked at a young age when his father introduced him to classical music and he began taking piano lessons. As a teen, Burton developed an interest in rock, classical, and eventually heavy metal music. He began playing the bass at age 13.
His body was cremated and his ashes scattered at the Maxwell Ranch. In October 2006, a memorial stone was place at the site of the bus crash.