Sunday, March 19, 2017

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry is pretty much the point where rock and roll becomes tock and roll, instead of whatever else it was before. I've never loved him the way I loved some of his contemporaries (Elvis, Bo Diddly, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash), but it doesn't matter - he was still the root and cause of all of it. And he put in one hell of a shift - 90 years on the planet, most of it rockin' and a reelin', reelin' and a rockin...

I can't argue with the songs....

Well - maybe I can argue a bit with Rock and roll music - I like modern jazz, even if they play it too darn fast... and - maybe those songs get diluted the more often they're played, with special guests and a horn section and the duck walking and splits and... Though I can't say he didn't act like he meant it,a nd doing a good thing well for 70 years is a thing to be honored ...

So take me back to the 50s, up through the 70s, and let Mr. Berry do his thing - it was a thing to be proud of: Johnny B Goode:

Roll Over Beethoven:

Memphis Tennessee:

And a full concert from 1969:

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