Rock and Roll Music – Chuck Berry

March 8, 2022

Today’s song of the day is the American rock and roll song “Rock and Roll Music” by Chuck Berry.

Fun Facts:

  • “Rock and Roll Music” has most famously been covered by The Beatles and The Beach Boys but has been additionally covered by numerous artists over the years, including Jim Breedlove, The Whiskers, Bill Haley and The Comets, and Billy “Crash” Craddock.
  • The song was recorded in May 1957 and released by Chess Records in Chicago.
  • The lyrics were written by Chuck Berry, and the track was produced by Leonard Chess and Phil Chess.
  • In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine included “Rock and Roll Music” in its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” coming in at number 128.
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has included the song on its list of the “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.”
  • The Beatles released their cover of the track in 1964. It was released as a single in some countries and was particularly well received in Europe.
  • The Beach Boys came out with their version in 1976, where it quickly became a summer hit, peaking at number five in the United States and number eleven in Canada.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

Just let me hear some of that rock and roll music

Any old way you choose it

It’s got a back beat you can’t lose it

Any old time you use it

Gotta be rock roll music

If you wanna dance with me

If you wanna dance with me

I’ve got no kick against modern jazz

Unless they try to play it too darn fast

And lose the beauty of the melody

Until they sound like a symphony

That’s why I go for that rock and roll music

Any old way you choose it

It’s got a back beat you can’t lose it

Any old time you use it

It’s gotta be rock roll music

If you wanna dance with me

If you wanna dance with me

I took my love on over ‘cross the tracks

So she can hear my man awail a sax

I must admit they have a rockin’ band

Man, they were goin’ like a hurricane

That’s why I go for that rock and roll music

Any old way you choose it

It’s got a back beat you can’t lose it

Any old time you use it

Gotta be rock roll music

If you wanna dance with me

If you wanna dance with me

Way down South they gave a jubilee

The Georgia folks they had a jamboree

They’re drinkin’ home brew from a water cup

The folks dancin’ and got all sup

And started playin’ that that rock and roll music

Any old time you use it

It’s got a black beat you can’t lose it

Any old time you use it

Gotta be rock roll music

If you wanna dance with me

If you wanna dance with me

Don’t care to hear ’em play a tango

I’m in the mood to take a mambo

It’s way too early for a congo

So keep a rockin’ that piano

That’s why I go for that rock and roll music

Any old time you use it

It’s got a black beat you can’t lose it

Any old time you use it

All gotta be rock roll music

If you wanna dance with me

If you wanna dance with me

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