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Initial post: Dec 27, 2012, 7:47:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012, 12:31:24 PM PST
Steve Vrana says:
Chuck Berry is not only a prolific songwriter, his songs have been covered by dozens, if not hundreds of artists over the past 50-plus years. My first introduction to Chuck Berry's music was through the British Invasion: The Rolling Stones covered "Carol" on their debut, The Beatles included "Roll Over Beethoven" on their second U.S. album, early Kinks albums included "Beautiful Delilah" and "Too Much Monkey Business."

Sure, I have original LP's like "Rockin' at the Hops," "Berry Is on Top," "St. Louis to Liverpool," as well as the collections "The Great Twenty-Eight," "The Chess Box" and "The Anthology."

And while Chuck Berry's versions are amazing, there are artists who breathe new life into these classic songs. Here's my nominee for favorite Chuck Berry Cover:

"Memphis" by The Faces from 1971's "A Nod Is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse" (an album title so long it didn't all fit on the front cover). This five-and-a-half minute version rocks from beginning to end.

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

Posted on Dec 27, 2012, 7:53:05 PM PST
Exile says:
Stones- live versions of Let it Rock and Carol

Emmylou does a great rocking country version of C'est La Vie which I love

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 12:16:25 PM PST
K. Carter says:
Well, there's so many, but the first one I thought of was the Stones cover of "Around And Around" on the El Mocambo side of "Love You Live". Sloppy and exhilarating.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 12:19:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012, 12:20:00 PM PST
Micaloneus says:
Rolling Stones - Come On (Debut single)
Rolling Stones - Around and Around (12x5)
Beatles - Rock and Roll Music (Beatles For Sale)

All three are clearly better than the originals, IMHO.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 2:53:44 PM PST
Johnny Rivers did a couple of great Chuck Berry covers, "Memphis" and "Maybelline".

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 3:00:25 PM PST
Mike B. says:
I guess I'd pick "Let It Rock" by Bob Seger, which was such a great encore on his two live albums.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 3:51:57 PM PST
Come On-Jimi Hendrix Experience- On Electric Ladyland
Johnny B. Goode(Live)-Jimi Hendrix
Blue Suede Shoes-Jimi Hendrix

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012, 4:12:43 PM PST
Exile says:
"Blue Suede Shoes" was Carl Perkins and "Come On" was Earl King.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 6:06:19 PM PST
Zaplightning says:
Johnny B. Goode ~ Frank Marino - Live

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 10:21:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012, 10:50:18 AM PST
Johnny Bee says:
Always liked 'Little Queenie' from Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

or George Thorogood and the Destroyers version of It Wasn't Me

or the version of 'Too Much Monkey Business' on Five Live Yardbirds

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 5:08:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012, 5:08:57 PM PST
Chazzzbo says:
Along with many of the above...

Dave Edmunds - "You Can't Catch Me", "Dear Dad", "Run, Rudolph, Run"
Foghat - "Maybelline"
ELO _ "Roll Over Beethoven"

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 5:57:42 PM PST
1) Rock And Roll Music-The Beatles
2) Sweet Little 16-The Animals
3) Carol-The Rolling Stones
4) Brown Eyed Handsome Man-Buddy Holly
5) 30 Days-Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 10:20:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012, 10:21:33 PM PST
Hinch says:
Johnny Rivers did a great version of 'Memphis'. I also like The Stones 'Carol' and The Beatles 'Roll Over Beethoven' and Waylon Jennings did a great 'Brown Eyed Handsome Man'.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012, 5:37:42 AM PST
Eric Jacob says:
Buddy Holly: Brown-eyed handsome man
Elvis: Too much monkey business
Ronnie Hawkins: 40 days
Emmylou Harris : You never can tell
Jerry Lee Lewis: Roll over Beethoven(on Mercury)
Elvis: Promised land
Mondo and the Chilli Peppers: Maybelline (incredible!)

Posted on Dec 30, 2012, 7:10:30 AM PST
Steelers fan says:
Don't forget "Bye Bye Johnny". Some pasty-faced English guys--the Rolling--Rocks? They ever get anywhere?

Posted on Dec 30, 2012, 7:12:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2012, 7:18:18 AM PST
Steelers fan says:
She drew out all her money from the Southern Trust
And put her little boy aboard a Greyhound bus.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012, 7:20:00 AM PST
Steelers fan says:
It would be nice if all the Stones' many Chuck covers were collected in one package, all the way back to "Come On', their very first single.

Phone sounds like thunder.
Some stupid guy tryin' to reach another number.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012, 12:46:09 PM PST
Will I get clobbered for mentioning how the Beach Boys covered Chuck Berry's licks to create surf music?

I still have mint copies of the original Chess record albums.

Chuck Berry played the guitar from many angles and places long before there was Jimi Hendrix.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012, 1:41:56 PM PST
Steelers fan says:
The Stones softened Chuck's original "stupid jerk" to "stupid guy". They were just starting out.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012, 3:38:04 PM PST
Steve Vrana says:
Frank - You won't get "clobbered" by me. Brian Wilson eventually gave Chuck Berry co-writing credit for "Surfin' U.S.A." becuase he borrowed much of the tune from "Sweet Little Sixteen."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012, 5:57:41 PM PST
Hinch says:

No reason to get clobbered for telling the truth.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012, 9:26:21 PM PST
M. C. Jones says:
"Roll Over Beethoven" has been mentioned by both The Beatles and by ELO. Just wondering which of those two you posters prefer..?

Posted on Dec 30, 2012, 9:40:36 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 30, 2012, 11:47:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012, 9:45:30 AM PST
sandy denny doing "Memphis, tennessee"

Posted on Dec 31, 2012, 12:31:48 AM PST
Hendrix - Johnny B Goode (Live Berzerkly) Rockin' version.
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