Saturday, July 23, 2011

"Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry.

OK, back to the 50's: Chuck Berry dedicated this somewhat autobiographic '55 rock & roll classic to his long time pianist. Curiously, Lafayette Leake tickled the ivories on it rather than the dedicatee. The title also alludes to the street where Berry was born in St. Louis. The signature opening guitar riff comes from Carl Hogan on Louis Jordan's "Ain't That Just Like A Woman". Peaked at #2 R&B and #8 Pop in '58. #1 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time. Classic version by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly on "Back To the Future" ('85). Killer rendition by The Beach Boys to close their '64 "Beach Boys Concert" album.

Yesterday's answer: "Java" by Al Hirt.​ch?v=ERNdH-0OcXc​ch?v=WJGRgzRrqFU

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