10 songs that prove Chuck Berry was a great musician

Are you familiar with the work of the legendary Chuck Berry? We recall the hits of the founder of rock music and the history of their creation.

The 10 Best Chuck Berry Songs And Their History

Chuck Berry was born October 18, 1926. The bold experiments of this full of energy artist began the history of rock and roll. Musician released over 50 singlesreceived numerous prestigious awards, including grammy award, which he was awarded for his special contribution to music. The musician's name is engraved in Hollywood on the Walk of Fame, as well as in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He took high places in various charts, ratings of the Rolling Stone magazine.

Chuck Berry (1968)
Chuck Berry (1968)

The artistry of the musician was also appreciated by filmmakers and involved the artist in their films. His incendiary and memorable hits graced many films. Many fans wonder if bands like "The Rolling Stones», «The Beatles», «AC/DC"and "The Animals", if not for him?

Chuck Berry (Chuck Berry) in his youth
Chuck Berry (Chuck Berry) in his youth

Let's remember Top 10 Chuck's works that definitely deserve your attention! After listening to them, there will be no doubt that Chuck Berry was really legendary musician.

"Johnny B. Goode"

«Johnny B Goode» has long become a classic rock music. The composition was created in the 50s, its main character is Johnny, a country boy who loves to play guitar. Chuck inspired this song Johnny Johnson, a pianist with whom Berry played for many years. There is in this composition a certain autobiographical episode: Mom prophesies young Johnny fame. As you know, Berry was very supportive of his mother. Interestingly, in the original version there was no word "rustic": Johnny was "colored". Such a replacement was deliberately made so that the song got into the radio.

"My ding-a-ling"

It was probably the only successful singlecreated by Berry after he went to jail for the second time. The song was recorded in 1972. Though not for long, but she managed to get on top of the charts. Interestingly, before that, not a single Berry song had yet been able to top the charts.

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Single Demonstrates early work Chuck. This is the story of why he chose to choose rock and roll. By the way, this song was covered by many performers. The most popular was the version of the group "The Beatles". It's funny that the Liverpool four with this song took 5th position in the US charts, while the original could only rise to 8th place.

"You can never tell"

This composition was created during the second imprisonment. This is a story about young newlyweds, in whose life frivolity and carelessness reign. The song could only reach the 14th step of the charts. There are many cover versions of this song. The real buzz around this song was created after 30 years Quentin Tarantinewhen they danced under it twist heroes of the legendarypulp fiction". This episode will forever be remembered by the audience.


It is from the song "Maybellene» and began musical career Chuck. The song was originally called "Ida mae". However, this name was criticized by the owner of the recording studio Leonard Chessu. He considered this sound too rustic and suggested changing it. While thinking about a new name, Leonard's eye accidentally fell on a package of Maybelline mascara. Thus, the problem was solved by changing one letter in the name. Chuck later even sued for song authorship: as co-authors, Leonard indicated two DJs that helped promote the track.

Back in the USA

It is believed that the famousBack in the USA." was created after Chuck returned from trips to australia and saw the standard of living of the Australian Aborigines. By the way, the musician’s biography says that he loved such simple things as car trips and corner cafes where hamburgers are cooked around the clock on an open fire.

"Sweet Little Sixteen"

Single "sweet little sixteen"was released in 1958du. The song peaked at number two on the US charts. This is a story about sixteen year old girlthat goes to all the concerts of your favorite rock band. Chuck was inspired to create this song by an episode at the Ottawa Colliseum, when a girl was waiting backstage for Paul Anku, hoping to get an autograph. There are many cover versions of this song. It was also performed by the groupThe Beatlesat their early concerts.

"Brown Eyed Handsome Man"

«Brown Eyed Handsome Manwas born after Berry visited several Hispanic and African-American areas of California. Chuck once saw a Hispanic man being arrested by a cop when "a woman came up and yelled for the cop to let him go." This single was issued in 1956.

"Roll Over Beethoven"

Roll Over Beethoven was released in 1956. Interestingly, it was written in reproach sister Chuck Berry Lucywho played on piano exclusively classical music. The text actively expresses the rivalry between classical music and rock and roll and rhythm and blues that were fashionable at that time.

"Memphis, Tennessee"

"Memphis, Tennessee" is a very original piece that was published in 1959. At first, the text misleads listeners a bit. The musician is trying to contact some Mary, at first it seems that this is some kind of beloved performer.

Chuck Berry (2007)
Chuck Berry (2007)

However, it later turns out that the song is about his daughter. Such a sad love composition that Chuck dedicated his daughters. Many performers performed their cover versions of this hit, among them "The Animals", Elvis Presley, "The Beatles", Rod Stewart, "The Rolling Stones», «The Ventures".

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