Chuck Berry

Johnny B. Goode

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"Johnny B. Goode" is the Horatio Alger story of rock & roll, a message so basic that the song has become the inspiration for every kid who ever wanted to be in a rock & roll band or become a rock & roll star. Written by Chuck Berry, the original version on Chess was also the first session that Berry utilized overdubbing to play the now famous guitar solos, a fairly new idea for rock & roll back in the 1950s. But as rich and full and inspirational as Berry's original was and is (Keith Richards claimed it was the first rock & roll record he really heard), the song is so irreducible in its simple genius that it has become adaptable in a number of cover versions, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Jimi Hendrix to Buck Owens to the Grateful Dead. No matter what course rock music may take in the next decade or two, as long as there are guitar bands and crowds that want to rock and sing along, somebody will be on-stage playing "Johnny B. Goode" to get a rise out of the crowd.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Chuck Berry Is on Top 1959 Geffen / Universal 2:42
No Image 1962
No Image 1964 Chess
Live at Fillmore Auditorium 1967
From St. Louie to Frisco 1968 Mercury
Rock & Roll Music [Video/DVD] 1969 MGM
The London Chuck Berry Sessions 1972 Chess 4:23
American Graffiti 1973
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:42
No Image 1976 Chess
No Image 1981 East World/Toshiba
The Great Twenty-Eight 1982 Chess 2:38
Greatest Hits Live 1983 Prism Entertainment 4:37
Sweet Little Rock N Roller [Mercury] 1984 MCA 2:41
No Image 1985 JEM/Passport
More Rock & Roll Rarities from the Golden Era of Chess Records 1986 Chess
Super Oldies of the 50's, Vol. 6 1986
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
The Best of Chess Rock & Roll, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Chess 2:37
Party Time Fifties 1988
Various Artists
Coyote Records
The Chess Box 1988 Chess 3:13
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Warwick
No Image 1990 Chess
Grandson of Frat Rock!, Vol. 3 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Rock 'N Roll Music [Charly] 1993 Charly Records
Mr. Rock & Roll 1993 Delta Music Ltd. / Delta Distribution
All Star Chart Busters 1993
Various Artists
SRI Jazz
The Great Chuck Berry 1993 Goldies 2:39
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:46
No Image 1994 Highland Records
Chuck Berry [Timeless Treasures] 1994 Timeless Treasures 2:43
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Dove
Vintage Collectibles, Vol.  8: 1954-1959 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:37
Golden Hits of the 50's & 60's 1995
Various Artists
Galaxy Music
No Image 1995 Magnum
Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Box Set 1995
Various Artists
MCA 2:38
Great Stars of Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 2 [Fat Boy] 1995
Various Artists
Fat Boy 4:53
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '50s 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records / Priority 2:38
The EP Collection 1996 See For Miles Records
Roll Over Beethoven [Success] 1996 Success 2:39
Rock 'N' Roll Nonstop Party Mix 1997
Various Artists
ZYX Music
Rockin' Guitars 1997
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:24
His Best, Vol. 1 1997 Chess 2:42
Rockfile, Vol. 5 1997
Various Artists
Rockfile 2:37
Greatest Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Great Hits 2:39
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Chess Blues-Rock Songbook: The Classic Originals 1997
Various Artists
MCA / Chess 2:43
The Best of Chuck Berry [MCA #2] 1997 MCA 2:39
WODS Oldies 103 Boston, Vol. 1: The 50's - Tenth Anniversary Edition 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 2:38
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Rock 'N' Roll Legends 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:41
Live: Roots of Rock n' Roll 1998 Columbia River Entertainment Group
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Wonderful Music of Chuck Berry 1998 Allegiance Records 2:40
American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition 1998
Original Soundtrack Highlights
MCA 2:39
Nebraska Football: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:42
London Blues Festivals 1970-1972 1998
Various Artists
ITM Recording (Jazz) / Itm 2:55
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Keep on Rockin' 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:40
Ultimate Legends of Rock 'N' Roll 1998
Various Artists
The Ultimate Music Collection 2:37
DJ Don's Party Mix: Party Time 1999
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness/Dance) 2:42
Twin Best 1999 Chess
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chuck Berry 1999 MCA 2:41
40 Hits: 1955-1959 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:39
Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Hard Rock Cafe: Great Balls of Fire 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:41
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 2:39
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:40
Chuck Berry [Magic Collection] 2000 The Magic Collection 2:45
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:39
New Millennium 50's Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
The Anthology 2000 Chess / Geffen 2:42
Johnny B. Goode [Legacy] 2000 Legacy 4:38
The Ultimate Collection [Universal] 2000 Universal International 2:41
Music Men 2000
Various Artists
WEA
Greatest Hits [Australia] 2000 Mastersound 2:44
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Collectables
Hits of the 50's, Vol. 3 [Legacy] 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 4:37
Nebraska Cornhuskers: Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:42
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:40
Rock & Roll Favorites 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:53
Rock N Roll Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:53
That's Rock and Roll 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:40
Hail, Hail Rock & Roll - Live, Vol. 1 2001 Aim Trading Group Pty, Ltd.
Soul Sensations [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:53
All Music Guide: Roots of Rock 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 2:42
Jukebox Hits of the '50s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:38
Chuck Berry/More Chuck Berry 2002 Beat Goes On 2:41
American Graffiti, Vol. 2 2002
Original Soundtrack
DJ Specialist 2:40
The Fabulous Fifties 2002
Various Artists
AP Music
The London Rock & Roll Show [CD] 2002
Various Artists
The Store for Music 2:40
Rock 'N' Roll Legends [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:37
Crown Prince of Rock 'N Roll [2003] 2003 American Legends 5:26
Sixties [UK Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:39
Ultimate Legends: Chuck Berry 2003 United Multi License 4:37
Best of the 50's and 60's, Vol. 1 [United Audio] 2003
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 2:38
World's Greatest Air Guitar Album 2003
Various Artists
Hollywood
Malt Shop Classics [North Quest] 2003
Various Artists
Northquest 4:51
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey 2003
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 2:42
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:42
Chuck Berry [Universal International] 2003 Universal International
Roots of Rock [Acrobat] 2003
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Rock and Roll Music [Fabulous] 2003 Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:53
Rock and Roll at Fifty: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:39
Get It On [DVD Audio] 2003
Various Artists
DTS Entertainment
Malt Shop Classics [Columbia River] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:52
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:39
Rock and Roll Music [Dynamic] 2004 Dynamic 4:41
Rock N Roll: Gold Collection 2004
Various Artists
Dejavu Retro 4:17
Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:39
Best Hits in Japan: Best of 50's 1955 - 59 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Radio Cidade 95.9 A Historia Do Rock 2004
Various Artists
Ouver
UK Music Hall of Fame 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 2:37
Good Days: Rock N' Roll 50 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image 2005 Legacy 4:38
Shake Rattle & Roll: 50 Classic Rock N Roll Hits 2005
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:37
Live Goode! 2005 Universe 4:38
Father of Rock and Roll 2005 Aim Records / American Legends 4:56
Chess Pieces: The Very Best of Chess Records 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 2:40
Music: Its Role and Importance in Our Lives 2005
Various Artists
Macmillan/McGraw-Hill 0:34
Universal Masters Collection 2006 MCA 2:43
20th Century Masters: Best of 50s Rock N Roll 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:40
The Definitive Collection 2006 Geffen/Chess 2:41
Blowing the Fuse: 31 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1958 2006
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
The Best of Chuck Berry [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 2:38
The History of Rock 'N' Roll 2006
Various Artists
Deja Vu
Early Rock Favorites/Classic Rock Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:37
Surfin' U.S.A.: Beach Party 2006
Various Artists
Compass Productions
No Image 2007 Collecting 4:37
Rock Hits: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:37
Ultimate Chuck Berry 2007 UMVD 2:41
Yow 2007
Yow
Primo Records 5:13
Birth of Rock: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:37
Colour Collection 2007 Spectrum Music / Universal 2:42
Music for Sixties 2007
Various Artists
Universal International 2:39
Birth of Rock N Roll 50s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:38
Johnny B. Goode [LT Series] 2007 LT Series 4:39
Johnny B. Goode: His Complete '50s Chess Recordings 2007 Hip-o Select 2:41
The Ultimate Collection, Disc 1 2007 Spectrum Music 2:41
No Image 2008 Bell
Rock 'N' Roll Live: The Gold Album 2008
Various Artists
Retro Records
Rock 'N' Roll Legends 2008 Universal Distribution 2:40
The 50s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 2:41
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Legacy 4:38
Chuck Berry Is on Top/St. Louis to Liverpool 2008 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:41
50's Super Hits 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:34
Rolling Stone: The Pioneers of Rock 'N' Roll 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:39
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:39
The Best of Chuck Berry [Not Now] 2009 Not Now Music 2:41
You Never Can Tell: The Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966 2009 Hip-O Select / Geffen
Ultimate Blues [Decca] 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:39
No Image 2009 Universal 2:42
A Complete Introduction to Chess 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music Group International 2:39
60 Bar-B-Que Sizzlers 2010
Various Artists
Big 3 / Proper Records / Proper UK 2:39
Happy Days 2010
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group / Columbia River Group 4:51
20 Greatest Hits Black Tulip
No Image
Various Artists
Delta 2:39
Best of the 60's, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Polygram
Best of the Blues: Chuck Berry - Blues Berry Éditions Atlas
No Image
Various Artists
MCA
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Go'in Back in Time, Vol. 3
Various Artists
ARC Records
No Image
Various Artists
No Image Tring
Hail Hail Rock & Roll [Delta] Delta Distribution / Mbop Global / Music Digital 8:36
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic
Party! [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 2:40
No Image
Various Artists
2:40
Rock & Roll Party Smashes
Various Artists
Instant (UK)
No Image Pair
No Image
Rockin' the Hits Delta Leisure Group / Performance 2:50
No Image
Various Artists
Soda Shop Songbook
Various Artists
Universal 2:40
The Beatles: Day by Day -- The Originals
Various Artists
Mischief 2:39
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
No Image Chess
Vintage Music: Original Classic Oldies from the 1950's, Vol. 4
Various Artists
MCA 2:38
You Can't Catch Me Snapper 2:39
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