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Episode #584 – Chuck Berry, Pt. 2 – 1956-57

Air Week: July 12-18, 2021

Chuck Berry, Pt. 2 – 1956-57

Chuck Berry has been called the “Father of Rock n’ Roll” and with good reason. He took the blues of T-Bone Walker and B.B. King, the guitar riffs of Carl Hogan and mixed it with the fiddle and Western Swing music of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. Then he rolled it all into one big sonic blast. Rhythm & Blues become Rock n’ Roll when Chuck Berry began writing songs aimed at teenagers, finally granting them their own music. The “Juke In The Back” presents part 2 of a 3 part feature on Chuck Berry’s early career. This week, Matt The Cat presents every studio recording made by Chuck Berry from the middle of 1956 to the end of 1957. We pick up where part 1 left off as the hits continue with “School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)” topping the R&B chart during the spring of ’57. We’ll also dig the demo and hit versions of “Rock and Roll Music” as well as some great, but overlooked Berry instrumentals. We end this week’s program with the demo version of “Sweet Little Sixteen” and will pick it up next week on part 3 with the evolution of that important Chuck Berry tune. Don’t miss the “Shakespeare Of Rock n’ Roll” on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

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