Nearly 4 million viewers have seen it on You Tube, so you don't discuss Chuck Berry without discussing his own 1958 composition Johnny B. Goode, sometimes mistakenly understood as, Johnny Be Good.
It's the most widely covered rock n roll song as about 70 pop singers and groups have recorded it. It's usually the starter or main dish but never dessert for many Singapore 60s bands when they appear on our Orchard Road belt to perform.
Elvis, The Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Shadows, The Tornados, Bill Haley, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Jerry Lee Lewis, Santana, Elton John, Freddie & The Dreamers and the Carpenters are just some of them.
So listen to it because if you don't like this song baby, you don't like rock n roll. And watch out for that "cling, cling, cling jazz" in the middle.
You Tube Video by: Helminen1 (March, 22/2007).
Original article: Andy Lim.