Chuck Berry


Composed by Chuck Berry

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Yes indeed, this is the guitar lick. Chuck Berry certainly utilized it many times ("Roll Over Beethoven" is just one example), but according to Keith Richards, an authority that can't be disputed, it really sprang from pianist Johnny Johnson. Wherever it came from, it's a guitar lick that indeed propelled not just Berry's greatest works, but the rock & roll genre itself. The song is a colorful portrait of dignity and keeping up with the fast-moving rock & roll lifestyle and culture. Lyrics like "I've gotta learn to dance if it takes me all night and day" clearly bear this out. Berry's mid-1958 version is definitive, but there is no doubt that the Rolling Stones brought it to the consciousness of the Beatles era with their excellent 1964 cover, as well as an excellent live version on 1969's Get Yer Ya Ya's Out.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Chuck Berry Is on Top 1959 Geffen / Universal 2:49
No Image 1960 Pye
No Image 1964 Madison Bay Records 2:50
Chuck Berry's Golden Hits 1967 Def Jam / Island / Mercury 2:24
Rock & Roll Music [Video/DVD] 1969 MGM
No Image 1976 Chess
The Great Twenty-Eight 1982 Geffen
Greatest Hits Live 1983 Prism Entertainment 4:03
Sweet Little Rock N Roller [Mercury] 1984 MCA 2:48
No Image 1986
Various Artists
The Chess Box 1988 Chess 2:46
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1958 - Still Rockin' 1989
Various Artists
No Image 1990 Chess
Guitar Player Presents Legends of Guitar - Rock: The '50s, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:48
Rock 'N Roll Music [Charly] 1993 Charly Records
The Great Chuck Berry 1993 Goldies 2:48
No Image 1994 Highland Records
Chuck Berry [Timeless Treasures] 1994 Timeless Treasures 2:22
Stone Rock Blues 1994
Various Artists
Vintage Collectibles, Vol. 12: 1956-1964 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:46
Roll Over Beethoven [Success] 1996 Success 2:22
Guitar Legends 1997 MCA / Universal Special Products 2:49
His Best, Vol. 1 1997 Chess 2:50
The Best of Chuck Berry [MCA #2] 1997 MCA 2:48
Wonderful Music of Chuck Berry 1998 Allegiance Records 2:49
Member's Edition 1998 AAO Music 2:42
Twin Best 1999 Chess
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chuck Berry 1999 MCA / Universal 2:49
Chuck Berry [Magic Collection] 2000 The Magic Collection 2:22
The Anthology 2000 Chess / Geffen 2:50
The Ultimate Collection [Universal] 2000 Universal International 2:49
Greatest Hits [Australia] 2000 Mastersound 2:24
50s Party Pack 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 4:06
Favorite Rock N Roll Classic 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:21
Hail, Hail Rock & Roll - Live, Vol. 1 2001 Aim Trading Group Pty, Ltd.
Chuck Berry/More Chuck Berry 2002 Beat Goes On 2:48
Crown Prince of Rock 'N Roll [2003] 2003 American Legends 2:17
Ultimate Legends: Chuck Berry 2003 United Multi License 4:04
Roots of Rock [Acrobat] 2003
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Summer Dance Party [Disky] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:21
Rock and Roll Music [Dynamic] 2004 Dynamic 4:23
Greatest Hits [ZYX] 2005 ZYX Music / ZYX
Live Goode! 2005 Universe 4:05
Father of Rock and Roll 2005 Allegro Corporation / American Legends 2:16
Universal Masters Collection 2006 Polydor / Universal Music 2:49
The Definitive Collection 2006 Geffen/Chess 2:49
Best Selection 2006 Universal Distribution
Sweet Little Sixteen 2006 Allegro Corporation
The Best of Chuck Berry [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 2:47
The History of Rock 'N' Roll 2006
Various Artists
Deja Vu
Most Famous Hits [DVD] 2006 St
No Image 2007 Collecting 4:03
Ultimate Chuck Berry 2007 UMVD 2:49
Yow 2007
Primo Records 2:51
Colour Collection 2007 Spectrum Music / Universal 2:48
Johnny B. Goode [LT Series] 2007 LT Series 4:06
Johnny B. Goode: His Complete '50s Chess Recordings 2007 Digital / Hip-O Select / Universal 2:48
The Ultimate Collection, Disc 1 2007 Spectrum Music 2:49
No Image 2008 Bell
Chuck Berry Is on Top/St. Louis to Liverpool 2008 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:50
Juke Box Hits 2008
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:05
No Image 2008 Universal / Universal Distribution 2:47
The Best of Chuck Berry [Not Now] 2009 Not Now Music 2:48
The Roots of the Doors 2009
Various Artists
Snapper 2:48
The Roots of the Beatles 2009
Various Artists
Complete Roots / Snapper 2:48
No Image 2009 Universal 2:48
Johnny B. Goode: His Greatest Hits 2010 ZYX 3:02
Icon 2011 Chess / Geffen 2:49
After School Session/Chuck Berry Is on Top 2011 Beat Goes On 2:47
Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes [10 Disc Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Go Entertainment 2:47
Rocks 2011 Bear Family Records 2:47
The Classic Years 2012 Prestige / Prestige Elite Records
The Best of the Chess Years 2012 Not Now Music
No Image 2012 K-Tel 2:49
No Image 2013 Golden Sky Records 2:42
No Image 2013 AAO Music 4:04
No Image 2013 Digilouge 2:49
No Image 2013 Reloaded 2:50
Rock and Roll Music: Any Old Way You Choose It 2014 Bear Family Records 2:26
The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-1961 2015 Acrobat / Acrobat Music 2:46
Greatest Hits [10Ten Media] 2016 10Ten Media / Zebralution 2:43
Jukebox Originals 2016
Various Artists
Complete Rock 'n' Roll 2:50
Four Classic Albums 2017 Avid
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:45
20 Greatest Hits Black Tulip
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:43
No Image
Various Artists
Madison Bay Records 2:50
Back in the USA: The Best of Chuck Berry Gralin Music 2:42
Beatles Beginnings, Vol. 3: Silver Beatles
Various Artists
Acrobat / Rhythm & Blues
No Image Universal 2:47
Best of the Blues: Chuck Berry - Blues Berry Éditions Atlas
Black Stars of Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
No Image Real Gone Music
Four of a Kind: 200 Classic Songs (From Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry)
Various Artists
HLI 2:53
Four of a Kind: 200 Classic Songs (From Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry)
Various Artists
HLI 2:53
Four of a Kind: 200 Classic Songs (from Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry)
Various Artists
HLI 2:53
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 45
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:43
No Image Tring
How Britain Got the Blues, Vol. 3: How London Got the Blues
Various Artists
History of RnB Records / Rhythm & Blues / Rhythm and Blues 2:50
In the 1950s Chrome Dreams 2:48
Inspiring the Beatles
Various Artists
Cherished Records 2:48
It's All In the Name: The Girls
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:50
No Image
Various Artists
Tripswitch Records 2:49
Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Go Entertain
Live at the Toronto Peace Festival 1969 Douglas
No Image
Various Artists
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:46
Original Blue & Lonesome
Various Artists
Black Knight 2:48
No Image Fourmatt 2:49
Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame, Vol. 3: Surfin' USA
Various Artists
Rock N Roll Masterpieces
Various Artists
Play 27-7 2:50
No Image Pair
Rock n Roll Kings, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Sound and Vision 2:48
Rockin & A-Boppin' [Play 27-7]
Various Artists
Play 27-7 2:50
No Image
Rockin' the Hits Delta Leisure Group / Performance 3:00
No Image
Various Artists
Rolling Stones Beginnings
Various Artists
Rhythm & Blues
No Image Cherished Records 2:50
Stone Rock Blues: Original Recordings of Songs Covered by the Rolling Stones
Various Artists
Chess / Geffen / Geffen/Chess / Strategic Marketing 2:48
Stone Roots: The Records That Inspired the Rolling Stones
Various Artists
Ideal Music Group 2:49
The  Doors Jukebox: The Songs That Inspired the Band
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 2:48
The Best of Chuck Berry [Vogue] Vogue 2:47
The Essential Tracks Vintage Vinyl 2:49
The Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame - Chuck Berry DLG Digital 2:59
No Image Chess
You Can't Catch Me Snapper 2:49
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