I was born in 1955. In my youth, most historians agreed that the rock ‘n’ roll era began in 1955, so as late as 2003, I had a complete collection of all the Billboard #1 singles and #1 albums of the rock ‘n’ roll era. Then the vulgarity of rap and hip hop caused me finally to quit collecting music that I wasn’t going to listen to.
The Beatles have always been my favorites, but I have a great appreciation for the rock ‘n’ roll artists who preceded The Beatles, as did The Beatles themselves. One of my favorites is Charles Edwards Anderson Berry, who died Saturday at the age of 90. You might know him better as Chuck Berry. Here are my five favorite Chuck Berry songs:
“Roll Over Beethoven,” 1956
“Rock & Roll Music,” 1957
“Johnny B. Goode,” 1957
“No Particular Place To Go,” 1961
Interestingly, Chuck Berry only had one #1 single, a throwaway novelty song in my opinion.
“My Ding-a-ling” from 1972
When you’re a forerunner of something, people like to copy you, emulate you, try to be you. Here is my favorite cover version of a Chuck Berry song:
“Maybelline” [sic] by Foghat, 1972
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