1668 Go, Bobby Soxer – Chuck Berry (1964)

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Chuck Berry and Yoko Ono.

This song was written by Chuck Berry. It was recorded by him in 1964. It was released on his 1964 album St. Louis To Liverpool. The album also included the instrumental Liverpool Drive. Go, Bobby Soxer was also released as the B-side to Little Marie in 1964. The song mentions The Beatles.

1254 It Wasn’t Me – Chuck Berry (1965)

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It Wasn’t Me.

This song was written by Chuck Berry and was recorded by him in 1965. It was released as a single in the UK with It’s My Own Business on the B-side. In America the B-side was Welcome Back Pretty Baby. The song was later released on Chuck Berry’s 1965 album Fresh Berry. The single was on George Harrison’s 1966 jukebox.

1043 No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry (1964)

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No Particular Place To Go.

This song was written and recorded by Chuck Berry in 1964. It was released as a single with You Two on the B-side. It reached number ten on the Billboard chart and number three on the UK Singles chart. In the UK the B-side was Liverpool Drive. The song was also released on Chuck Berry’s 1964 album St. Louis To Liverpool. The single was on John Lennon’s 1965 jukebox.

0673 I’m Talking About You – Chuck Berry (1961)

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John Lennon and Chuck Berry.

This song was written and recorded by Chuck Berry. It was first released in 1961 as a single with Little Star on the B-side. It was also released on Chuck Berry’s album New Juke Box Hits. The song was added to The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John. A live version was released in 1977 on the album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962. The Beatles also played the song on BBC radio and a version was released in 2013 on the album On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2. They also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The bass riff was used in I Saw Her Standing There from the 1963 album Please Please Me.

The song has also been recorded by The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Rick Nelson and The Yardbirds. Merseybeat group Faron’s Flamingos covered the song in 1963 for the album This Is Merseybeat. Another Merseybeat group The Liverbirds covered the song in 1965. It was released on their album Star-Club Show 4.

Now Hear This : I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles (1963)
Talkin’ ‘Bout You – Faron’s Flamingos (1963)
Talking About You – The Liverbirds (1965)
I’m Talking About You – The Beatles (1977)
I’m Talking About You – The Beatles (2013)

0583 I Got To Find My Baby – Chuck Berry (1960)

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Chuck Berry.

Gotta Find My Baby was written by Peter Clayton. He recorded it under the name Doctor Clayton in 1941. Chuck Berry recorded his version in 1960. He released it as I Got To Find My Baby. It was released as a single in the US with Mad Lad on the B-side. It was also released on the album Rockin’ At The Hops. The Beatles covered the song twice for BBC Radio. One version was released in 1994 on the album Live At The BBC. Another version was released on the album The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 in 2013. The Beatles also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

Now Hear This : I Got To Find My Baby – The Beatles (1994)
I Got To Find My Baby – The Beatles (2013)

0558 Let It Rock – Chuck Berry (1960)

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Keith Richards and Chuck Berry.

This song was written by Chuck Berry and was recorded by him in 1960. It was released as a single and on the album Rockin’ At The Hops. The single reached number sixty-four in the US and number six in the UK. The B-side was Too Pooped To Pop. The song has been covered by The Yardbirds and The Rolling Stones. Their version was recorded live at Leeds in 1971. The Big Three released a version of the song in 1973. It was released as a single in Germany with Some Other Guy on the B-side. In the UK it was released as the B-side to Some Other Guy along with If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody.

Now Hear This : Let It Rock – The Big Three (1973)

0556 Mad Lad – Chuck Berry (1960)

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Rockin’ At The Hops.

Mad Lad was written by Bo Davis . It was first recorded by Chuck Berry in 1960. In the UK it was released as the B-side to Bye Bye Johnny. In the US it was released as the B-side to I Got To Find My Baby. It was also released on the album Rockin’ At The Hops. The Beatles’ song Flying was based on this song.

Now Here This : Flying – The Beatles (1967)

0472 Back In The U.S.A – Chuck Berry (1959)

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More Chuck Berry.

Back In The U.S.A was written by Chuck Berry. He recorded the song in 1959 and released it as a single with Memphis, Tennessee on the B-side. The single reached number thirty-seven on the Billboard chart. Paul McCartney owned a copy of the single. The song was later released in 1962 on the album More Chuck Berry. The song inspired The Beatles’ song Back In The U.S.S.R. which was released on their album The Beatles in 1968.

Now Hear This : Back In The U.S.S.R – The Beatles (1968)

0470 Memphis, Tennessee – Chuck Berry (1959)

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John Lennon and Chuck Berry.

Sometimes shortened to Memphis, this song was written by Chuck Berry. It was recorded by Chuck Berry in 1959 and released as the B-side to Back In The U.S.A. In the UK, the song was re-released in 1963 and reached number six in the singles chart. The same year Dave Berry and The Cruisers had a top twenty hit with the song in the UK and Johnny Rivers’ version reached number two in the US. Chuck Berry recorded a sequel, Little Marie, in 1964. It was released as a single and on his album St. Louis To Liverpool. The song has been covered by The High Numbers (later The Who), The Animals and The Dave Clark Five among others.

King Size Taylor & The Dominoes recorded the song in 1964 and released it on the album Sharkers’ Twist Club. A version recorded by Lee Curtis And The All-Stars was released on the album Star-Club Show 3 in 1965. The Quarrymen covered the song in 2004 for their album Songs We Remember. The Beatles added the song to their repertoire and John sang the lead vocals. They first recorded the song in 1962 during their auditions for Decca. They recorded the song for BBC radio a total of five times. One version was released in 1994 on the album Live At The BBC. Another version was released in 2013 on the album On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2. John Lennon played the song during a jam session in 1972. He also performed the song live with Chuck Berry in 1972.

Now Hear This : Memphis, Tennessee – King Size Taylor & The Dominoes (1964)
Memphis, Tennessee – Lee Curtis And The All-Stars (1965)
Memphis, Tennessee – The Beatles (1994)
Memphis, Tennessee – The Quarrymen (2004)
Memphis, Tennessee – The Beatles (2013)

0465 Almost Grown – Chuck Berry (1959)

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Chuck Berry and Etta James.

This song was written by Chuck Berry. He recorded it in 1959 and released it as a double A-side with Little Queenie. Etta James and Marvin Gaye are among the singers providing backing vocals. The backing vocals are similar to the backing vocals in Ray Charles’ version of Night Time Is The Right Time recorded in 1958. The single reached number three on the R&B chart. Almost Grown was part of The Beatles repertoire and they played it during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.