Chuck Berry Hits
One of the most important pioneers of rock & roll, Chuck Berry combined blues, country, and a witty, defiant teen outlook into songs that have influenced virtually every rock musician in his wake. Combined with sharp, rapid-fire lyrics full of sly insinuations about cars and girls, Berry laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound, but a rock and roll attitude. Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986, and is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine s greatest of all time lists. He was ranked fifth on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. This splendid LP presents some of the finest Berry performances from the period 1955-58, including many of his best-known compositions. Almost Grown , recorded in 1959, climbed to #3 on the R&B charts. Among the background vocals heard on this track are none other than Etta James and Harvey & the New Moonglows, featuring the young Marvin Gaye. The song is featured in the 1973 film American Graffiti. School Days , recorded in 1957, rocketed to #1 on the R&B charts and #5 on Billboard s Hot 100. The song was later covered by Eddie Cochran and AC/DC, among others. The last verse contains the lyrics Hail, hail rock and roll , which would become the title of a 1987 concert film and documentary about Berry. Johnny B. Goode, recorded in 1958 jumped to #2 on the R&B charts and #8 on Billboard s Hot 100. It is considered one of the most easily recognizable songs in the history of popular music, and mentioned as the first rock & roll hit about rock & roll stardom . It was extensively covered by various stars, such as Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter, and received several honors and accolades. Johnny B. Goode is ranked 7th among Rolling Stone s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and the same magazine declared it #1 among the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time in 2008. Maybellene climbed to #1 of the US R&B charts in 1955. Virgin Vinyl 180 Gram Gatefold Edition
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