THE ORIGINALS: SONGS THE BEATLES COVERED: “ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN”- CHUCK BERRY

The Originals: Songs Of The Beatles: “Roll Over Beethoven”- Chuck Berry. The first song on side 2 of The Beatles second album With The Beatles- “Roll Over Beethoven” was written and performed originally by one of their big 1950’s rock and roll influences -the great Chuck Berry. John, Paul and George were big fans of “Roll Over Beethoven” before there was even a group called The Beatles. Berry recorded the song in 1956- and it would become one of the classics of rock and roll- one of the most covered rock songs ever. Rolling Stone magazine in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list- had Chuck’s “Roll Over Beethoven” as the 97th greatest song ever. The Beatles version was sung George Harrison.

7 responses to “THE ORIGINALS: SONGS THE BEATLES COVERED: “ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN”- CHUCK BERRY

    • I was just talking to someone about the Chuck Berry’s and Little Richard’s being ripped off back in the day and not getting their fair share of the pie.

  1. I saw Chuck at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas back in the day. Who knew that one guitar lick could give you a career. Every song sounded the same and he was so out of tune it was excruciating. But hey…he made a load of cash doing his schtick.

    • I envy you, even though it sounds like Berry didn’t have his best night!

      A big issue with his live shows was he didn’t have a touring band. Instead, he insisted that concert promoters find local bands that would back him. Oftentimes, they didn’t even get to rehearse with Berry beforehand – not a good recipe for good and consistent performances!

      His guitar licks may have been repetitive, but they surely were cool. Berry was a born showman. And his lyrics were great: “Roll over, Beethoven, tell Tchaikovsky the news” – what a terrific line!

    • You are right about the local bands backing him. The Floyd Dakil combo, a popular local act, may have been his band that night. Best ever Chuck Berry moment, Back To The Future. Also, the Beach Boys used his licks in many of their early songs.

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