2021 Song Draft- Round 3 Pick 10- Hanspostcard selects- ‘Johnny B. Goode’- Chuck Berry.
In Chuck Klosterman’s book from a five years or so ago- the thought provoking ‘But What If We’re Wrong’ he devotes a chapter to the question- in 50 to 100 years- rock music will be remembered through one lone figure. Klosterman discusses the possible candidates- and in the end narrows it down to one- Chuck Berry. I don’t know if he will be right or wrong on this- and I won’t be around to find out in 100 years but Chuck Berry is a good a candidate as any. John Lennon once said that if they were to give Rock N Roll another name they could call it Chuck Berry Music.
One of the most recognizable songs from the 20th century is Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’- a #2 hit from 1958. If I were to pick the greatest song in rock and roll history- it would be on the short list for sure. In 1977 two phonograph records were included in both Voyager spacecraft that were launched. The sounds on the record were intended to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth for any extraterrestrial form of life which may find them. It is a time capsule in space. “Johnny B. Goode’ was one of the sounds included. In a 1978 Saturday Night Live sketch Steve Martin’s character a psychic named Cocuwa said that the extraterrestrials has sent back a response- of four words ‘Send More Chuck Berry.’