0262 Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry (1956)

Chuck Berry.

Chuck Berry.

Written and recorded by Chuck Berry in 1956 this song was released as a single with Drifting Heart on the B-side. It reached number seven on the R&B chart and number twenty-nine on the pop chart. The song was part of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ repertoire. It was also part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by George. Live versions have been released on the albums Live! At The Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 (1977), Anthology 1 (1995) and The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl (1977). They also performed the song live for BBC radio and one version was released in 1994 on Live At The BBC while another version was released on On Air- Live At The BBC Volume 2 in 2013. Three other BBC versions were released in 2013 on The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. The Beatles recorded a studio version in 1963 for the album With The Beatles. Roll Over Beethoven was played by George Harrison when he joined The Four Vests on stage in America in September 1963. Roll Over Beethoven influenced the George Harrison jam Thanks For The Pepperoni from his 1970 album All Things Must Pass. The song remained part of George Harrison’s repertoire and he performed it live in 1991 in Japan. A live version from that tour was released on his album Live In Japan in 1992. John Lennon played the song during a jam in 1972 and during the rehearsals for the One to One concert that same year. 

Now Hear This : Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles (1963)
Thanks For The Pepperoni – George Harrison (1970)
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles (1977)
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles (1977)
Roll Over Beethoven – George Harrison (1992)
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles (1994)
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles (1995)
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles (2013)
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles (2013)
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles (2013)
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles (2013)

 

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