Rock and Roll
Chuck Berry , who was born on October 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Missiouri, was a rock and roll legend and music pioneer. He passed away today, March 18, 2017, in St. Charles Missouri.
The song “Johnny B. Goode” was written and recorded by Chuck Berry. Released in 1958, it went to #2 on the R&B Chart and #8 on the U.S. Pop Chart. The musicians on the single besides Berry on vocals and guitar, include Layfayette Leake on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, and Fred Below on drums. The story tells of a young man from the back woods Louisiana who was so talented, “he could play the guitar like ringing a bell” and could become famous some day. While Berry was from Missouri and not Louisiana, the song is partially autobiographical. The “Johnny,” perhaps, refers to the pianist Johnnie Johnson, who worked with Berry on many songs, including “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Sweet Little 16.” And the “Goode” refers to the street where Berry grew up in St. Louis, which was on Goode Avenue.
The song “Johnny B. Goode” is considered to be a national treasure. NASA sent a copy of the song on the Voyager space probe as part of a package representing some of the best things in American culture.
This is the “Johnny B. Goode” that was sent: