Day 228: “Sweet Little Sixteen”

When was it recorded?   Jul. 10, 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?   Yes

What my research dug up:

I was just thinking about this song yesterday. How timely!

Chuck Berry wrote and first recorded “Sweet Little Sixteen” on Dec. 29-30, 1957. He released it as a single the following month, and it peaked at #2 on the US pop charts and #1 on the R&B charts. Rolling Stone ranked “Sweet Little Sixteen” #272 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

“Sweet Little Sixteen” was a staple of the Beatles’ early live shows. Here’s bootlegged version from “Live at the Star-Club” recorded Dec. 1962 in Hamburg.

The Fab Four only recorded the song once, for “Pop Go the Beatles” on Jul. 10, 1963. This version aired Jul. 23 and appeared on 1994’s “Live at the BBC” compilation.




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