Song of the Week: Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven (Live)

Chuck Berry (1926 – 2017)

There couldn’t be any other choice today. Chuck Berry was one of the original rock n’ rollers and an essential innovator in the story of rock. A phenomenally talented writer, performer and guitarist.

But which song to pick? I was thinking Reelin’ and Rockin’ or Guitar Boogie from the One Dozen Berrys album but then I remembered this amazing footage from the Heppest of the Hep Facebook page and decided to go with this. It’s an awesome performance of one of his most legendary tunes: Chuck lets rip with plenty of guitar licks and works through all his iconic stage moves too. The audience are justifiably appreciative at the end. And we should be too… a big round of applause, please, for Chuck Berry.

 

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17 thoughts on “Song of the Week: Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven (Live)”

  1. Great footage. What performance character. If folks thought Elvis hip swaying was too much, they must have loved the Berry pelvis thrusts. I’d be like that guy in the camera crew that moves backwards. Revealing the whites of your eyes worked well in black and white. Probably better being black, too. I wonder if YJMalmsteen liked the knee bending. I’ve seen him do similar in fog, of course.

    Thanks, Scott. Thanks, Chuck Berry.

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