Artist: Chuck Berry
Tune: Johnny B Goode
Chuck Berry, the perpetual wild man of rock music who helped define its rebellious spirit in the 1950s and was the sly poet laureate of songs about girls, cars, school and even the “any old way you choose it” vitality of the music itself, died March 18 at at his home in St. Charles County, Mo. He was 90.
St. Charles County police announced the death in a Facebook post on its Website, saying officers responded to a medical emergency at Mr. Berry’s home and administered lifesaving techniques but could not revive him. No further information was available.
“While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together,” reads Mr. Berry’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
A seminal figure in early rock music, he was all the rarer still for writing, singing and playing his own music. His songs and the boisterous performance standards he set directly influenced the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and later Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger.
In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named him No. 6 on its list of the greatest guitarists of all time. Mr. Berry so embodied the American rock tradition that his recording of “Johnny B. Goode” was included on a disc launched into space on the Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1977. (More at WaPo)
“No Particular Place to Go” (1964) was a favorite as a high school student who frequented a hamburger ‘joint’ across the street
from the school I attended. The owner had this wonderful state of the art jukebox with bass that would make your
chest vibrate upon hearing most of the songs of that era. When I was in elementary school “School Days” (1957) was
the predecessor but I would confuse them for some time. Same music…different lyrics. Both would make my head and
shoulders move involuntarily. Fond memories.
Chuck Berry was a special musician. He had a knack for catchy tunes. He could tell a tale. You are 100% that No Particular Place to Go is the sister of School Days. I don’t think that I have ever listened to them back to back. Since you mentioned them I listened to them back to back. Berry knew how to laid down a cool little boogie.
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