Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

The Chess Box

Music CD - 1988
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A seminal figure in the evolution of rock 'n' roll, Chuck Berry's influence as songwriter and guitarist is incalculable. His cogent songs captured adolescent life, yet the artist was 30 years old when he commenced recording. In 1955, during a chance visit to Chicago, Berry met bluesman Muddy Waters, who advised the young singer to approach the Chess label. Berry's demo of 'Ida May', was sufficient to win a recording contract and the composition, retitled 'Maybellene', duly became his debut single. Berry enjoyed further hits with 'Thirty Days' and 'No Money Down', but it was his third recording session that proved even more productive, producing a stream of classics, 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Too Much Monkey Business' and 'Brown-Eyed Handsome Man'. The artist's subsequent releases read like a lexicon of pop history - 'School Days', 'Rock And Roll Music' (all 1957), 'Sweet Little Sixteen', 'Reelin' And Rockin', 'Johnny B. Goode' (1958), 'Back In The USA', 'Let It Rock' (1960) and 'Bye Bye Johnny' (1960) are but a handful of the peerless songs written and recorded during this prolific period. Berry was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986. His stature as an essential figure in the evolution of popular music cannot be underestimated.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : MCA Records, p1988.
Characteristics: 3 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + booklet.
Contents: Maybellene
Wee wee hours
Thirty days
You can't catch me
No money down
Downbound train
Brown eyed handsome man
Drifting heart
Roll over Beethoven
Too much monkey business
Havana moon
School day
Rock and roll music
Oh baby doll
I've changed
Reelin' and rockin'
Rockin' at the Philharmonic
Sweet little sixteen
Johnny B. Goode
Time was
Around and around
Beautiful Delilah
House of blue lights
Carol
Memphis
Anthony boy
Jo Jo Gunne
Sweet little rock 'n' roller
Merry Christmas baby
Run Rudolph run
Little Queenie
Almost grown
Back in the U.S.A.
Betty Jean
Childhood sweetheart
Let it rock
Too pooped to pop
Bye bye Johnny
Jaguar and Thunderbird
Down the road apiece
Confessin' the blues
Thirteen question method
Crying steel
I'm just a lucky so and so
I'm talking about you
Come on
Nadine (is it you?)
Crazy arms
You can never tell
The things I used to do
Promised land
No particular place to go
Liverpool drive
You two
Chuck's beat
Little Marie
Dear dad
Sad day, long night
It's my own business
It wasn't me
Ramona say yes
Viva viva rock 'n' roll
Tulane
My dream
Reelin' and rockin' (live)
My ding-a-ling (live single edit)
Johnny B. Goode (live)
A deuce
Woodpecker
Blo.
Summary: A seminal figure in the evolution of rock 'n' roll, Chuck Berry's influence as songwriter and guitarist is incalculable. His cogent songs captured adolescent life, yet the artist was 30 years old when he commenced recording. In 1955, during a chance visit to Chicago, Berry met bluesman Muddy Waters, who advised the young singer to approach the Chess label. Berry's demo of 'Ida May', was sufficient to win a recording contract and the composition, retitled 'Maybellene', duly became his debut single. Berry enjoyed further hits with 'Thirty Days' and 'No Money Down', but it was his third recording session that proved even more productive, producing a stream of classics, 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Too Much Monkey Business' and 'Brown-Eyed Handsome Man'. The artist's subsequent releases read like a lexicon of pop history - 'School Days', 'Rock And Roll Music' (all 1957), 'Sweet Little Sixteen', 'Reelin' And Rockin', 'Johnny B. Goode' (1958), 'Back In The USA', 'Let It Rock' (1960) and 'Bye Bye Johnny' (1960) are but a handful of the peerless songs written and recorded during this prolific period. Berry was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986. His stature as an essential figure in the evolution of popular music cannot be underestimated.

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