Posts Tagged ‘Rock and Roll’

Chuck Berry, 1926 – 2017

March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry, the perpetual wild man of rock music who helped define its rebellious spirit in the 1950s and was the sly poet laureate of songs about girls, cars, school and even the ‘any old way you choose it‘ vitality of the music itself, died March 18 at at his home in St. Charles County, Mo. He was 90.”

— “Chuck Berry, wild man of rock who helped define its rebellious spirit, dies at 90,” Terence McArdle, Washington Post [links added]

More:

“‘Shakespeare of rock ‘n’ roll’ Chuck Berry dies at 90,” Bonnie Kristian, The Week

“Chuck Berry tributes pour in: ‘Greatest rock‘n’roll writer who ever lived,'” James Tapper, The Guardian

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Sleigh Bell Rock

December 11, 2016

“Sleigh Bell Rock,” written by Hal Schneider and recorded by him with his band Three Aces & A Joker in 1960.

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I Wanna Spend Christmas With Elvis

December 9, 2016

“I Wanna Spend Christmas With Elvis,” written by Don Kirshner and Bobby Darin, performed by “Debbie Dabney” (or “Marlene Paul,” apparently Marlene Ver Planck). Accompanists include guitarist Kenny Burrell.

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Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

December 5, 2016

Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me),” written by Aaron Schroeder and Claude Demetrius, performed by The Smithereens. It was originally recorded in 1957 by Elvis Presley, backed by The Jordanaires. The tune has been covered by many other artists including Mae West.

Related:

“Santa’s Privacy Policy,” Laurence Hughes, McSweeney’s

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Nobody Told Me

December 4, 2016

“Nobody Told Me” by Vintage Trouble, performing atop the London West Hollywood Hotel on LA’s Sunset Boulevard for Billboard‘s Sunrise Sessions in 2013.

Ty Taylor (lead vocals), Nalle Colt (guitar), Rick Barrio Dill (bass), Richard Danielson (drums).

Vintage Trouble website

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Almost Saturday Night

December 3, 2016

“Almost Saturday Night,” written and performed by John Fogerty. Dave Edmunds had a hit with it.

John Fogerty website

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Crying, Waiting, Hoping

November 5, 2016

“Crying, Waiting, Hoping,” written by Buddy Holly in 1959, performed here by Marshall Crenshaw, who played Buddy in the 1987 film La Bamba.

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Love Potion Number 9

October 9, 2016

“Love Potion No. 9,” written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, recorded by Washington DC’s Clovers in 1959.

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You Can’t Catch Me

September 25, 2016

“You Can’t Catch Me,” written and recorded by Chuck Berry in 1956.

“I bought a brand-new air-mobile
It custom-made, ’twas a Flight De Ville
With a pow’ful motor and some hideaway wings
Push in on the button and you can hear her sing”

Related:

“How the Smithsonian talked Chuck Berry into giving up his red Cadillac,” Michael E. Ruane, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Chuck Berry website

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Blue Suede Shoes

September 10, 2016

“Blue Suede Shoes,” written and performed by Carl Perkins. Recorded in 1955, released in January 1956. Some guy named Elvis had an even bigger hit with it later that year.

Carl Perkins (guitar, vocal), Jay Perkins (rhythm guitar), Clayton Perkins (bass),  W.S. ‘Fluke’ Holland (drums).

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