Chuck Berry

Memphis

Composed by Chuck Berry

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One of Chuck Berry's best copyrights languished away on the B-side of one of his singles ("Back in the U.S.A.") until the '60s when various cover versions turned the song into an international hit. First was Lonnie Mack's instrumental version in 1963. Then came the mega hit cover version by Johnny Rivers, who rearranged the tune into a stomp beat (like Tommy Tucker's "High Heel Sneakers"), which is how the tune has been ever since. Jerry Lee Lewis and the Woolies also recorded great versions, the Woolies' live recording being the only one that brought the song back to its original groove.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1964
Chuck Berry's Golden Hits 1967 Mercury 2:08
No Image 1976 Chess
The Great Twenty-Eight 1982 Chess 2:13
No Image 1983 Chess
No Image 1986 Golden Circle
The Chess Box 1988 Chess 2:10
The Great Chuck Berry 1993 Goldies 2:11
Chuck Berry [Timeless Treasures] 1994 Timeless Treasures 2:08
Let It Rock [Universal] 1996 Universal Special Products 2:10
The EP Collection 1996 See For Miles Records
His Best, Vol. 1 1997 Chess 2:12
The Chess Blues-Rock Songbook: The Classic Originals 1997
Various Artists
MCA / Chess 2:16
Wonderful Music of Chuck Berry 1998 Allegiance Records 2:11
The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Album of All Time 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 4:11
Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1999 Dressed To Kill 4:11
Chuck Berry [Magic Collection] 2000 The Magic Collection 2:08
The Anthology 2000 MCA / Chess 2:15
Johnny B. Goode [Legacy] 2000 Legacy 4:05
The Ultimate Collection [Universal] 2000 Universal International 2:12
Rock N Roll Party Hits 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:52
Legendary Soul [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Allegro Corporation 2:52
Crown Prince of Rock 'N Roll [2003] 2003 American Legends 2:51
Roots of Rock [Acrobat] 2003
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Mojo Chess Originals 2005
Various Artists
Chess 2:13
Kings of Rock & Roll 2006 Universal International 2:15
Kings of Rock 'N' Roll 2006 Spectrum Music 2:15
20 Greatest Hits Black Tulip
Back in the USA: The Best of Chuck Berry Gralin Music
No Image
Various Artists
No Image Pair
Rolling Stones Beginnings, Vol. 2: Yesterday's Papers
Various Artists
History of RnB Records 2:15
No Image
No Image Chess
No Image
Various Artists
United Artists Records