Birth Name: Clifford Lee Burton
Date of Birth: February 10, 1962
Place of Birth: Castro Valley, Alameda, California, United States
Date of Death: September 27, 1986
Place of Death: Ljungby Municipality, Sweden
*English, some Welsh (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Cliff Burton was an American musician and songwriter. He was known as the bass player for the American thrash metal band Metallica. The band’s members have also included/include Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Ron McGovney, Dave Mustaine, Jason Newsted, and Lars Ulrich.
As a bassist, he made heavy use of distortion and effects (several of which are usually associated with non-bass guitars), best exemplified on his signature piece “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth.”
Cliff was the son of Janet “Jan” (Morgen) and Ray Herbert Burton. His father had English, and some Welsh, ancestry. His mother was Jewish, of Czech Jewish and German Jewish descent.
Cliff’s paternal grandfather was Paul Oliver Burton (the son of Oliver Philmore “Arby/Obby” Burton and Sarah L. “Sallie”). Paul was born in Tennessee.
Cliff’s paternal grandmother was Mary Sallie Lenoir (the son of Peyton R. “Pate” Lenoir and Mattie J. Ward). Mary was born in Tennessee.
Cliff’s maternal grandfather was Irwin Morgenstern/Morgen (the son of Millard Morgenstern and Matilda Lewis). Irwin was born in California. Millard was a Bohemian Jew, and was the son of Israel Morgenstern and Kathie. Matilda was born in San Francisco, of German Jewish descent, the daughter of Morris Lewis and Johanna Louvie, from Berlin.
Cliff’s maternal grandmother was Marion Rosenthal (the daughter of Sigmund Rosenthal and Idella Lang). Marion was born in California. Sigmund was a German Jew, born in Posen, and was the son of Mina Alexander. Idella was born in San Francisco, the daughter of Isaac Louis Lang and Dora Phillips. Isaac was born in Kentucky, to German Jewish parents. Dora was born in New York, also to German Jewish parents.
Sources: Cliff’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Cliff’s paternal grandparents, Paul Oliver Burton and Mary Sallie Lenoir – https://familysearch.org
Cliff’s paternal grandfather, Paul Oliver Burton, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Cliff’s paternal grandmother, Mary Sallie Lenoir, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Cliff Burton (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com
Death record of Cliff’s mother – https://familysearch.org
Cliff’s maternal great-grandmother, Idella Lang, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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