Chuck Berry — Johnny B. Goode
Album: Chuck Berry Is on Top
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Released: 1958
Length: 2:37
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Who never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play a guitar just like a ringing a bell

Go go
Go Johnny go!
Go
Go Johnny go!
Go
Go Johnny go!
Go
Go Johnny go!
Go
Johnny B. Goode!

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Oh, the engineer would see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
The people passing by, they would stop and say
Oh my, but that little country boy could play

Go go
Go Johnny go!
Go
Go Johnny go!
Go
Go Johnny go!
Go
Go Johnny go!
Go
Johnny B. Goode!

His mother told him "Someday you will be a man,
And you will be the leader of a big ol' band
Many people coming from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down
Maybe someday your name'll be in lights
Saying Johnny B. Goode tonight"

Go go
Go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go
Johnny B. Goode
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awesome banter, Bill G, give us more!
To me a STRONG 8- Most Excellent  
Chuck Berry always demanded cash for performances. My Man
Ah,  the father of rock n roll
Fills the diverse RP universe nicely...   
Voyager - Hopefully "Johnny B. Goode" will keep hostile aliens away while getting the Party Aliens to come. 
It's amazing how many guitarists use Chuck Berry riffs to this day.
 rharvey658 wrote:
"Hey Chuck, this is Marvin ... Your cousin?, Marvin Berry?  You know that sound you been lookin' for?  Listen to this!!!" 
RIP Mr. Berry.

 
That's exactly what I feel every time I hear this opening riff. The warm fuzzy feeling of seeing Back to the Future on a rainy sunday afternoon. Priceless.
"Hey Chuck, this is Marvin ... Your cousin?, Marvin Berry?  You know that sound you been lookin' for?  Listen to this!!!" 
RIP Mr. Berry.
just gave him a 10 for his legacy
RIP Chuck, no one like you..this one set the standard of R&R
Thanks for lighting the fire Chuck.  {#Bananajam}
The Devil's music.   Best listened to when young children are not around. 
will be missed
RIP Chuck!
A true rock n roll legend go johnny go
Belated Happy 90th to Chuck..Rolling Stone has an interesting article this week written by Peter Guralnick. 
 lemmoth wrote:

The song actually came our in '58, making it only slightly younger than me :-)
 
Indeed, the date in the RP database is incorrect. The “Chuck Berry is on top” album wasn't even released until 1959.
Still among the best rock n roll guitar solos of all time - timeless!!
Solid 10!!
 dwlangham wrote:
Love this song. Love it in the movie "American Graffiti"—the scene where they flatten the tires and cover the car in shaving cream. Yeah, all from a different era.
 
I always thought this song was from Back to the Future by Marty McFly with Marvin Berry and the Starlighters. But seriously, I do remember playing it to death at our basement rec room parties back in the day.
To rate this a ten, would be short by ninety. That's why I don't rate.
Love this song. Love it in the movie "American Graffiti"—the scene where they flatten the tires and cover the car in shaving cream. Yeah, all from a different era.
{#Bananajam}
 jagdriver wrote:
'55? Incredible. It's amazing that so-called "race music" wasn't available to the masses until several years later.

 
The song actually came our in '58, making it only slightly younger than me :-)
1 year old when this came out but I do remember when I was a kid my Uncle loved Chuck Berry
Rock and roll at it's best.  And, BTW, "race music" WAS early rock and roll and was airplayed in the early to mid-50s.
'55? Incredible. It's amazing that so-called "race music" wasn't available to the masses until several years later.
Who is this guy? 

Wow. He sure doesn't understand RnR like today's bands.

We need more FOO Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins. Now they knows RnR!   

 
 Proclivities wrote:

That's too bad.

 
Spoilsport.  {#Wink}
Everyone in my pre-concert dressing room loves this!
Rock n Roll fireworks!!!
 dwhayslett wrote:
"Chuck! Chuck, it's Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry."

 
 patrick30 wrote:

thats exactly what comes to my mind every time i hear this song!

 
That's too bad.
HAHAHA, you wild and crazy guy, go go go!
HAHAHA, you wild and crazy guy, go go go!

 LPCity wrote:

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Chuck is great but that piano player is pretty good too!

And then... Johnny went.


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Without this song, music since would have been pathetic.
What is that strange sound....it's...it's...it's a guitar playing RnR!

Sadly...it's a dying art form. But we still got the thud and drone players (e..g, Foo Fighters) and we can watch them kiss the asses of these guitar legends on TV specials, thinking that by association, they become great players.     
 
 Nerubo wrote:
How can a song from 1955 still rock so hard?  How is that even possible?

It seems that 45% of the RP listeners rate this a 10. I'm not sure what's wrong with the others.  :-P
 

 
Some things just are.
no reason can/to define it.

Def a 10 
Arguably the inventor of rock'n'roll. Elvis absorbed black blues and gospel. Berry absorbed Texas swing and hillbilly. Maybe it was the two of them. I'm pretty sure there are a dozen or more musicologists who can draw labyrinthine dotted lines all over the South, involving hundreds of musicians, demonstrating the organic emergence of rock'n'roll. Maybe. I think it was the two of them. They knew.
 Nerubo wrote:
How can a song from 1955 still rock so hard?  How is that even possible?


 

 
Because it's Chuck Berry.
8==>9, yeah baby... {#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}
the REAL KING of r &r
How can a song from 1955 still rock so hard?  How is that even possible?

It seems that 45% of the RP listeners rate this a 10. I'm not sure what's wrong with the others.  :-P
 
Yes, follow the Ramones with The King Chuck Berry, A1!!!  I would not be surprised if Johnny B. was then followed by some kick-ass Johnny Lydon and Public Image Ltd (PiL)!   maybe some day...
Do you want to REALLY know how I feel about this song???

OK here goes...(deleted by censor) 
 dwhayslett wrote:
"Chuck! Chuck, it's Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry."

 
thats exactly what comes to my mind every time i hear this song!
This guitar sound in 1955 - it must have been mind blowing.