Day 201: “Rock and Roll Music”

When was it recorded?   Oct. 18, 1964

When was it first released, and on which album?   Dec. 4, 1964 on “Beatles for Sale”

Who wrote it?   Chuck Berry

Have I heard this song before?   Just the original

What my research dug up:

Chuck Berry wrote “Rock and Roll Music” and recorded it sometime in May 1957 in Chicago, IL. The track was released as a single in Sept. 1957, peaking at #6 on the Billboard R&B chart and #8 on the Billboard Top 100.

Quoth Wikipedia, “On December 9, 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked Berry’s version as #128 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is also a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll List.” Good thing, too, given the title…

Anyway, the Beatles covered “Rock and Roll Music” from the beginning of their career in Hamburg. The Beatles Bible wrote, “‘Rock And Roll Music’ was a staple of The Beatles’ live repertoire between 1959 and 1966.” The Fab Four brought it to the studio when they were running short of original material for “Beatles for Sale.” They nailed it in one take.

According to Wikipedia, “The Beatles’ version of ‘Rock and Roll Music’ was released as a single in some countries, and topped the charts in Finland, Norway, the Netherlands… and Australia.”

The Beatles recorded “Rock and Roll Music” for BBC Radio a handful of times. One version recorded Nov. 25, 1964 for “Saturday Club” (aired Dec. 26) appeared on “Live at the BBC.”

“Rock and Roll Music” also appeared during the Beatles’ final tour. A performance from June 30, 1966 at the Nippon Budokan appeared on “Anthology 2.”

According to Wikipedia, the Beatles also played around with “Rock and Roll Music” during the Get Back sessions in Jan. 1969.




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