Today, October 18th, is the birthday of Charles Edward Anderson Berry who is better known to us as Chuck Berry. He is one of my favorite all time artists and he could damn sure rock the blues.
Here are some cuts from his years recording for Chess Records, one of the premier blues recording labels of the fifties and sixties.
Chuck Berry – Dust My Broom
A delicious cover of the Robert Johnson classic featuring distinctive Berry riffs on his beloved Gibson Guitar.
Chuck Berry – I Just Want to Make Love to You
Chuck lays down a great version of the Willie Dixon penned tune first recorded by Muddy Waters and which, much later, became a mega hit for Foghat.
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Blues
This is an instrumental version of Johnny B. Goode that is just some badass bluzin’.
Chuck Berry – Baby, What You Want Me to Do
Just an awesome rendition of the Jimmy Reed classic.
Chuck Berry – Confessin’ the Blues
From his 1960 album, Rockin’ at the Hops, Chuck helped translate the electrified urban blues to an entire generation of teenagers, including John Lennon and Eric Clapton, back in the 1950’s and 1960’s with songs like this one. He is rightly called the father of rock & roll and was one fantastic blues man too!
Chuck Berry was one of the defining artists of his time…..flaws and all. I love his music and hope you do too.
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