One of the great, great, greats for you today.
John Lennon once said “If you tried togive rock’n'roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry,” which pretty much sums up his influence. In terms of impact, Berry is bigger than Elvis (and less dead too).
This video of the 1959 hit ‘Almost Grown’ is from the “Hail, Hail Rock’N'Roll” concert movie. The concert was in honor of Berry’s sixtieth birthday, and a tribute from his most devoted acolytes, including Keith Richards.
Berry is now 82 and he’s still touring regularly, still being an inspiration to the younger generation. It’s funny how people like the Stones were ridiculed for having the nerve to keep touring in their thirties, their forties, their fifties and now their sixties. Chuck Berry, B.B. King and other grand old men have never stopped playing.
And here’s a cover version by David Bowie, from the 1971 John Peel sessions. Because if it exists, Bowie will use it.