Day 32: “Carol”

When was it recorded?  1963

When was it first released, and on which album?  Nov. 30, 1994 on “Live at the BBC”

Who wrote it?  Chuck Berry

Have I heard this song before?  No

What my research dug up:

Today’s post wound up being 90% about Chuck Berry, but I think it’s justifiable since he basically shaped rock & roll music as we know.  Also, the Beatles covered a lot of his songs, so this post can be referenced later and I won’t have to write as much about Berry in the future.

Chuck Berry wrote and originally recorded “Carol” in 1968, releasing it as a single.  He also later used it as a B-side for his single “Johnny B. Goode.”

Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.  If you don’t know him, you know one of his songs (“Maybellene”?  “Roll Over Beethoven”? “Rock and Roll Music”?  Any bells being rung?).  Berry is credited with “refining and developing rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music” (Wikipediaaaaaa).

The good Wiki also notes, “Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986, with the comment that he ‘laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.’”  If all this wasn’t enough, he was also ranked #5 on Rolling Stone magazines’ list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.  Of all time.  And he’s still alive and touring!  What a baller.

The Beatles recorded their “Carol” cover for BBC radio in 1963 (I’m not sure which exact session, sorry).  John has the lead vocals.

This is a good one, both the original and the Beatles’ cover.  I’ll definitely listen to this one a few more times.




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