Today is January 6, 2022.
Sixty-four years ago today in 1958, Chuck Berry was in the Recording Studio of Chess Records in Chicago and recorded one of his most famous and quite possibly one of the most recognizable songs in all of music history, his partly autobiographical, “Johnny B. Goode." When the song was released a little less than three months later, it went on to chart nationally in the top ten of both the Billboard R&B and Pop charts.
Imagine what he might have thought if a Future Chuck Berry had come to him while he was in the studio that day and told him that his song would someday be included on a couple of Gold Records and launched into space on not just one, but TWO, future spaceships (the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 which were launched in 1977.) “Johnny B. Goode” would be included as one of the 27 songs in a collection of music, images, and sounds all selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth and intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form who may come across them to thereby have a special aide to help them conclude what our Earthly civilization was, or is, like!
Earth’s Greatest Hits / “The Sounds Of Earth”
How to Play The Golden Record
Here now is a Great Mashup Tribute to Chuck and Johnny I think you’ll enjoy!
CB ( which stands for “Chucky B. Buell!” )
Berry was, indeed, writing and singing about himself in “Johnny B. Goode.” (The original lyric said “Oh My, how that little colored boy could play” before his management team convinced him to change it to “country boy”!)
It may very be the standard of rock and roll music … the definition if you will.
Chuck Berry was the Grandfather of Rock And Roll … and his music will live on forever. (kk)
David Lee Roth has cancelled his entire Las Vegas Farewell Residency due to Covid-related matters. (His New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day shows were cancelled last week … but now comes word that ALL scheduled appearances have been officially cancelled.)
A post by Roth on his social media simply states: “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Las Vegas.” Meanwhile, Roth’s management team issued the following statement: “Due to unforeseen circumstances related to COVID and out of an abundance of caution for those working and attending the shows, all of David Lee Roth’s scheduled farewell performances at the House of Blues Las Vegas have been officially canceled.” (kk)
From Ultimate Classic Rock this Nirvana / Nevermind update:
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REGARDING KEN KOJAK RAPPAPORT 1960's JUKEBOX REVUE --
I Talk To Kojak On The Phone All The Time.
Tonight's Show = Top 20 Countdown January 4, 1964.
I Helped Him With A Few Shows.
He Wanted To Interview Me. I Told Him Nobody's Interested In Hearing What I Have To Say.
Happy New Year and many more.
A question for you ...
I saw the list of what was called “Billboard’s Official Top 20 of 1971” on FH.
In what system does “Tired Of Being Alone” by Al Green end up #12 for the year when it only peaked at #11 on Billboard?
Just one of MANY anomalies we have seen on Billboard’s Year-End Charts over the years … but incredibly, it’s true. (See Billboard’s 1971 Year-End Chart below)
It has happened FAR too many times for these year-end charts to be taken seriously.
Perhaps the worst extreme was in 1965, when they named Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs’ hit “Wooly Bully” the #1 Song of the Year, despite the fact that it never even made it to #1 during the course of the entire year.
Now I get it that if you go by accumulated points during the course of the year, some #2 records will earn more points than a record that spends only one week at #1 ... but “Wooly Bully” didn’t even spend the most weeks at #2 that year … that distinction belongs to “A Lover’s Concerto” by The Toys. (3 weeks at #2 vs. 1 week for Sam’s Pharaohs.)
And no how, no way will you ever convince that Sam’s two weeks at #2 earned more points than The Rolling Stones’ FOUR WEEK RUN at #1 with “Satisfaction,” the song that is most universally accepted as The Biggest Record of 1965! (Likewise for “Yesterday” by The Beatles, also a four-week #1 record.) Other MAJOR hits from ’65 include “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers, “Downtown” by Petula Clark” and “My Girl” by The Temptations. Does ANYBODY out there really believe that “Wooly Bully” was a bigger chart hit than any of these tunes???
Even Billboard’s own #2 peaks offer better material: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan, for example.
Most progressive point systems allow for a distribution of reverse points for each peak position … it’s not quite as simple as #1 = 100 points, #2 = 99 points, etc., as these points have to be weighted … hitting #1 is a much greater achievement than hitting #2 … making the Top Ten is a much greater achievement than peaking at #11 … there are also usually bonus points awarded for hitting The Top 40 … but using even the most BASIC points analysis, let’s take a look at:
WOOLY BULLY vs. SATISFACTION
Wooly Bully peaked at #2 (99 points) and stayed there for two weeks (so 99 x 2 = 198 points)
It spent 9 weeks in The Top 10 (10 points per week) = 90 points
It spent 14 weeks in The Top 40 (5 points per week) = 70 points
It spent 18 weeks in The Hot 100 (1 point per week) = 18 points …
Or 376 points overall.
Satisfaction peaked at #1 (100 points and stayed there for four weeks, so 400 points) …
That’s already more points than “Wooly Bully” earned in its entire chart run!
Now add in “Satisfaction”’s 9 weeks in The Top Ten, 12 weeks in The Top 40 and 14 weeks on the chart and that tally rises to 564 points … no contest.
Looking at “Tired Of Being Alone” (which, as you mentioned, peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart) … and only stayed there one week … in fact, in Joel Whitburn’s book, he lists it at #100 for the year … and it’s only the 6th best #11 peak showing for ’71)
For the record, it finished at #32 in Cash Box for the year and did not make Record World’s Top 20 Biggest Hits of the Year list (which is all that they published in 1971.) In Dann Isbell and Bill Carroll’s book “Ranking The ‘70’s” … which uses a much more sophisticated version of the progressive point method I mentioned earlier … it is ranked at #57 for the year. To put that into the proper perspective, “Ranking the ‘70’s” awards it 2345 points for its #57 showing. Their #12 Record of the year … “Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves” by Cher … earned 5737 points … or nearly 250% more points than the Al Green hit.
By absolutely NO measurement should this song have wound up as the 12th Biggest Record Of The Year in 1971!!! (kk)
Speaking of the charts, Paul Cashmere of Noise 11 is taking Billboard to task in much the same way WE have been for the past decade or so, indicating that the charts as they are currently compiled don’t mean much anymore in the way of accuracy.
He brings up very some good points in his latest rave out here …
Thanks for posting that song by the Addrisi Brothers. Always did like that song.
I don't know if you know or remember that duo there reminded me of their record back in 1959 called CHERRYSTONE on Delfi Records. I vaguely remember them lip-syncing that one on Bandstand.
“Cherrystone” was their first chart hit … it reached #62 in 1959. And then they just seemed to disappear for ten years!!!
Their greatest claim to fame came as songwriters … most famously for writing “Never My Love,” a #1 Hit for The Association in 1967. (The Addrisi Brothers would cut their own version ten years later … but it fizzled out at #69.)
“We’ve Got To Get It On Again” was their biggest chart hit as a duo (#15, 1972), but “Slow Dancin’ Don’t Turn Me On” (#18, 1977) was a close second.
My personal favorite of their recordings is a song called “I Can Feel You” … it was the follow-up release to “We’ve Got To Get It On Again” and only got played on WCFL here in Chicago (where it went to #20.) Nationally, it bubbled under in both Record World and Billboard … but did reach #90 during its two week run in Cash Box.
It’s featured here today. (kk)
Harvey Kubernik talks about the upcoming tour featuring Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals ...
LEFT BANKE’S STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, A 1986 RELEASE FROM THE BAROQUE POP PIONEERS, TO BE AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ON CD FOR THE FIRST TIME ON FEBRARY 25, 2022. Includes six bonus tracks featuring the return of original member Michael Brown. Package features new liner notes from Scott Schinder