Air Week: July 19-25, 2021
Chuck Berry, Part 3 – 1958
Chuck Berry has been called the “Father of Rock n’ Roll” and with good reason. He took the blues of T-Bone Walker and B.B. King, the guitar riffs of Carl Hogan and mixed it with the fiddle and Western Swing music of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. Then he rolled it all into one big sonic blast. Rhythm & Blues become Rock n’ Roll when Chuck Berry began writing songs aimed at teenagers, finally granting them their own music. The “Juke In The Back” presents the final part of a 3 part feature on Chuck Berry’s early career. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on Berry’s recorded and released output during the pivotal year of 1958. He began the year with a bang and the #1 R&B tune “Sweet Little Sixteen.” 1958 was also the year that gave us “Reelin’ and Rockin’,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Around and Around” and “Carol.” Just like in the first parts of this series, this week’s program is packed with some fantastic and seldom-heard instrumentals, showcasing Chuck Berry’s true guitar chops. So dig this final “Juke In The Back” treatment of the legendary “Shakespeare Of Rock n’ Roll,” Chuck Berry.