I grew with my mom playing Chuck Berry’s The Great Twenty-Eight (check out Alt-RockChick’s Classic Album Review of The Great Twenty-Eight here) along with lots of other fine artists (Everly Brothers, Elvis, Rolling Stones to name a few) so it’s safe to say that my love of rock and roll was a done deal from day one. Chuck Berry pioneered the definitive rock and roll style of guitar playing that has influenced multiple generations of influential rock and rollers–now, that’s a legacy! He cross-pollinated country-western double-stops with blues progressions and boogie-woogie and all in the key of Johnny Johnson’s piano melodies, but that’s another story!
“Nadine” is Chuck Berry at his most swaggering best not to mention it’s practically the blueprint for dozens of future T. Rex songs, among others. Check out these lyrics, right here:
As I got on the city bus and found a vacant seat I thought I saw my future bride walking up the street, I shouted to the driver “Hey, Conductor you must…slow down,
I think I see her Please let me off this bus “Nadine! Honey is that you
Here’s “Nadine” from Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll along with some bonus clips of Angus Young demonstrating his take on Chuck’s guitar style and stage presence and John Lennon from The Mike Douglas Show talking about his pure admiration for Chuck and his influence on the Stones and Bob Dylan. If you haven’t seen Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll, go get it on Amazon or whatever and watch it right now, or watch it again! It’s the making of Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday concert with Keith Richards as musical director and our window into truly fascinating glimpse into Chuck Berry, the man, himself.
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll. Dir. Taylor Hackford. Delilah Films. Universal Pictures. 9 October 1987 Documentary
Bonus Clips of Angus Young from a guitar lesson show -unknown
John Lennon from the Mike Douglas Show February 1972
MJmcnut’s YouTube channel. 22 Jan 2011. Youtube.com