Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Brown Eyed Handsome Man" by Chuck Berry.

OK, back to the 50's: Chuck Berry wrote and recorded this controversial '56 rock-and-roll/R&B classic after witnessing a California policeman arrest a Hispanic man for loitering only to release him after a woman vouched for him. Berry was widely known for bragging about his penchant for white women. He packs 6 verses into 2:15 minutes! The 5th verse was inspired by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's "Venus In Furs" and the last verse influenced John Fogerty's '85 "Centerfield". It features Willie Dixon on bass. Buddy Holly's cover was a posthumous hit. Peaked at #5 R&B and is ranked #374 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

Yesterday's answer: "O-o-h Child" by The Five Stairsteps".

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