CBID is the Chuck Berry International Directory, a 2.200 page pile of Chuck Berry records information published in four volumes between 2008 and 2013. For details see the bibliography section of this site.
CBID is never complete as new records and CDs appear and some old rarities are discovered. This section presents interesting additions and corrections to CBID.
Today: Spending days on discogs and 45cat resulted in a large list of cover versions to be added. Some of the following entries are additions or corrections to the corresponding descriptions in the book or in previous blog posts.
Many new entries this time. It‚Äôs amazing that Berry‚Äôs music has received such a status among all kinds of artists and groups. As you will notice there are a lot of mixed musical styles among the over 60 new covers. Both discogs and 45cat are places I have found many of them. It‚Äôs a whole new world out there when it comes to searching for singles and albums.
The Dutch heavy rock group Bintangs was featured in Vol. 3 of CBID with three cover versions. Now it goes to show they have recorded a lot more. We can add 6 more covers. They have even included a cover version in their new CD titled ‚ÄúThese Hands‚ÄĚ that came out in September 2021.
The group The Yellow Dogs from Japan have also recorded a lot of Berry tunes. I found one single and when searching discogs I happen to find several more. How did I miss that back in the days of cover searching? Actually that goes for Bintangs too. However, the internet is a completely different thing today than it was yesterday.
I would like to make your attention to a girl trio called Skeleton Dolls on You Tube were they talk about Chuck Berry regarding his 90th birthday and they also do a live version of ‚ÄúThirty Days‚ÄĚ. It‚Äôs interesting to listen to young people, and especially girls, talking about Chuck‚Äôs legacy to the world of music, with passion and enthusiasm. It gives people like me satisfaction that there is actually a hope for the future.
LEE AARON (Canada)
Real name Karen Lynn Greening. Heavy rock singer, born in Belleville, Ontario in 1962. Known as Metal Queen, but she‚Äôs also released jazz oriented albums. In the 1980s and early ‚Äė90s she had several hits on the Canadian charts.
Run Rudolph Run (2:32) 2020
CD: Almost Christmas [Big Sister Records ] ‚óŹ Canada, 2020
This album is only available through her website.
ANDREW SIXTY (Italy)
Three guys who‚Äôs into techno, mixes and you name it. We‚Äôll leave it at that.
Johnny B. Goode (3:38) 1994
CD: Andrew Sixty [House Records Rap HR-001-1] ‚óŹ Brazil, 1994
Vocals: Andrea Alberghi.
Johnny B. Goode (5:21) 1994 (dance mix)
12‚ÄĚ 45: Jukebox Records JBR-001 ‚óŹ Italy, 1994
Vocals: Andrea Alberghi. This 12‚ÄĚ was actually released in many various countries, like Mexico, Australia/New Zealand and Spain.
BILL BERRY (Belgium)
Johnny B. Goode (as ‚ÄúJohnny Be Good‚ÄĚ) ( : ) 1970
45: Monopole S. 103 ‚óŹ Belgium, 1970 (picture sleeve)
Haven‚Äôt got a clue, except that on both sides of the label his name is Bill Derry (!) On the sleeve it clearly shows Johnny B. as the A-side but on the label it‚Äôs the B-side. It‚Äôs also printed on the front sleeve: The American Rock Racket!
Still a little confused?
See Volume 3, page 1075 for biographical info.
Bye Bye Johnny (4:43) 1996 (live)
Soul Rockin‚Äô (3:40) 1996 (live)
Run Rudolph Run (2:48) 1996 (live) Bonus track
2-CD: Dynamite Night [Bananas Records 48397 2] ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1996
Recorded live at Paradiso, Amsterdam on 27 January 1996. It contained a bonus CD with 4 tracks including ‚ÄúRun Rudolph Run‚ÄĚ.
It Wasn‚Äôt Me (3:14) 2002
CD: La Femme Sans T√™te [AG Music AGM-1267] ‚óŹ Netherlands, 2002
It Wasn‚Äôt Me (2:54) 2018 (live)
CD: It‚Äôs A Nightmare [Miller Records MILLCD-001] ‚óŹ Netherlands, 2018
LP: It‚Äôs A Nightmare [Miller Records MILLCD-009] ‚óŹ Netherlands, 2018
Back To Memphis (3:41) 2021
CD: These Hands [Miller Records MILLCD-002] ‚óŹ Netherlands, 2021
Good to see that they picked a more obscure Berry track for this new album that came out in September 2021.
There‚Äôs also a bootleg out titled ‚ÄúLive At The Dorpshuis, Ruinerworld‚ÄĚ, Netherlands, recorded 3 March 1979, featuring four Berry covers: Run Rudolph Run, I‚Äôm A Rocker, Soul Rockin‚Äô, Bye Bye Johnny. The sound quality is okay if you‚Äôre a fan.
BOMB SQUADRON (USA)
Heavy metal rock band from Reading, Pennsylvania, formed in 1994.
Run Rudolph Run (2:47) 1997 Noise!
EP: More Bad News [Final Vinyl Records 006] ‚óŹ Germany, 1997
Recorded 3. August 1997 at Snugfit Studio, Richboro, Pennsylvania. A limited edition of 300 copies on pink vinyl.
CD: Another Generation Found 1994-1998 [Doppelganger Records DGR-003] ‚óŹ USA, 2005
This is their entire studio history.
BREAKAWAYS (New Zealand)
Beat, R&B, rock quartet from Wellington.
Johnny B. Goode (2:22) 1965
45: W&G S-2349 ‚óŹ New Zealand, 1965
Recorded in Australia.
Guitar Boogie (1:55) 1966 (instr)
I‚Äôm Talking About You [as ‚ÄúTalkin‚Äô About You‚ÄĚ] (2:38) 1966
Little Queenie (2:27) 1966
LP: Let‚Äôs Take A Sea Cruise! [His Masters Voice MCLP-6221] ‚óŹ New Zealand, 1966
CD: Let‚Äôs Take A Sea Cruise! / Album Two [EMI 7243 8 21714] ‚óŹ New Zealand, 1997
Regarding Guitar Boogie, they have almost followed Berry‚Äôs arrangement to the point but the good beat is not there.
GUST BROUX (Belgium)
Memphis, Tennessee (as ‚ÄúDe Pisbak‚ÄĚ) (2:07) 1982
45: A.B. Records AB-601 ‚óŹ Belgium, 1982 (picture sleeve)
Strange sound with minimal beat and flat singing, almost country style.
Popular hard rock band from Madrid founded in 1974.
Johnny B. Goode (2:52) 1974
45: Movieplay SN-20.940 ‚óŹ Spain, 1974 (picture sleeve)
Their English pronunciation is so terrible I actually first thought they were singing in Spanish !!! But they are enthusiastic.
ALAN BURTON (USA)
He‚Äôs probably a rock singer regarding the A-side below which is on You Tube.
Rock And Roll Music ( : ) 1973
45: Crimson no cat no ‚óŹ USA, 1973
Recorded at Paul Greys House of Hits, Chattanooga, Tennessee. The A-side is titled ‚ÄúSunshine, You‚Äôll Love It‚ÄĚ written by Burton and Ron Bradley.
Johnny B. Goode (3:09) 1975
45: Philips FS-1522 ‚óŹ Japan, 1975 (picture sleeve)
Strange name for a male band.
CASEY AND THE PRESSURE GROUP (Netherlands)
Rock, soul, funk quartet.
Memphis, Tennessee ( : ) 1972
45: Polydor 2050 229 ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1972 (picture sleeve)
LP: Memphis Revisited [Polydor 2925 010] ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1972
The album recorded 27 & 28 June 1972, at¬†Sound Push Studio's in Blaricum.
CHANDLER & The CHASERS (Spain)
Not sure about Spain.
Promised Land (as ‚ÄúPromise Land‚ÄĚ) (2:49) 2012
Various EP: We Want To Be Black Vol.1 [Fole Records FOLC. 012] ‚óŹ Spain, 2012
The other artists on the EP are: Lord Rochester, The Clams, Guadalupe Plata. The sleeve has pictures of Bo Diddley and Otis Redding.
CHAPLIN BAND (Netherlands)
Five guys all dressed up and looking like Charlie Chaplin (excuse me) ! At least on the single in question (below). A side is titled ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt You Wanna Be My Girl‚ÄĚ, written by the band. This pop/disco group from Maastricht have had several singles and three albums out . They were formed in 1976 by brothers Jo and John Bartels.
Memphis, Tennessee (3:12) 1976
45: EMI Holland 5C006-25377 ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1976 (picture sleeve)
Sorry to say but you don‚Äôt wanna hear this.
CLASSIC ROCK ‚ÄėN‚Äô ROLL BAND (Czechoslovakia)
Rock‚Äôn‚Äôroll revival group, formed in late 1970s by¬†Josef PilaŇô¬†in Prague.
Roll Over Beethoven (2:30) 1984
EP: Classic Rock ‚Äėn‚Äô Roll Band [Panton 8133 0166] ‚óŹ Czechoslovakia, 1984
Memphis, Tennessee ( : ) 1991
LP: Classic Rock ‚Äėn‚Äô Band [Globus International 21 0056-1 311] ‚óŹ Czechoslovakia, 1991
They also do a cover of ‚ÄúRoute 66‚ÄĚ which is probably in the Berry/Stones way.
COPLEY, JEFFRIES & REID (USA)
GERARD COX (Netherlands)
Now here is a singer who‚Äôs been around for awhile. His first record I found was from 1962, and he‚Äôs had records out in the next four decades.
No Particular Place To Go (as ‚ÄúFijn D‚Äôr Vandoor In M‚Äôn Automobiel‚ÄĚ) (2:30) 1990
45: EMI 12 7527 7 ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1990 (picture sleeve)
CD: Favorieten Expres [Universal Music 080 861-7] ‚óŹ Netherlands, 2020
CZERWONO CZARNI (Poland)
This is a rock-beat band formed in 1960 and is one of the pioneers of Polish popular music. The band lasted until 1976, but played at their 50th Anniversary in 2010. On the CD cover below six guys are pictured, but I have also seen the band as a quintet...
Sweet Little Sixteen (3:27) 1961
EP: Elevator Rock [Pronit N-0169] ‚óŹ Poland, 1961
2-CD: 40 Przeboj√≥w [Polskie Nagrania Muza PNCD-1297 A/B] ‚óŹ Poland, 2010
Interesting to see that they covered a Berry song as early as 1961 and at 3 minutes and 27 seconds. But the result just sounds funny, however, to give the guys a little credit, the piano player is pretty good. On the 2010 release the Berry track is a bonus cut on CD 2.
DOCTOR EXPLOSION (Spain)
Garage rock trio from Gij√≥n formed in 1989. Jorge Mu√Īoz-Cobo (guitar, vocals), Angel Kaplan (bass), Pablo Gonzalez (drums). They have had many singles and albums out since 1990.
Let It Rock (as "D√©jalo Sacudirse") (1:43) 1992 (live)
EP: Thunderpussy TH-002 ‚óŹ Spain, 1992
They tried to do it their way and pretty much made it. The EP came out in three different colours on the cover, one is red, then blue and finally purple.
Beautiful Delilah (2:12) 2004
EP: The Chesterfield Childish Club [Soundflat Records SFR-45-013] ‚óŹ Spain, 2009
DREADFUL SNAKES (Canada)
Not sure about who this is. This is probably a rock band since the other side of the 45 is ‚ÄúA Fool In Love‚ÄĚ written by Ike Turner. (Just so it‚Äôs mentioned, there‚Äôs a bluegrass group, The Dreadful Snakes, who had an album out in 1995 titled ‚ÄúSnakes Alive‚ÄĚ.)
Carol (as ‚ÄúOh Carol‚ÄĚ) (2:35) 1978
45: Snake Records SR 1 / SR 2 ‚óŹ Canada, 1978
Recorded at Comfort Sound in Toronto, Ontario, October 1978. Produced by T. C. Wilkins.
EL COBRAS (USA)
The two songs are described as surf-rock. This seems to be their only output(?)
Guitar Boogie (2:18) 1964 (instr)
45: Essar Records E-714 ‚óŹ USA, 1964
This version lacks everything, no feeling, no beat and no drive and even has an organ. The B-side, also an instrumental, is titled ‚ÄúOh Yeah‚ÄĚ.
CONNY & DANNY FABRY (Belgium)
Husband and wife who had a lot of records out in the ‚Äė80s and ‚Äė90s, both as a duo and by themselves. Conny (real name Christine Truyens) born 1952, Danny (real name Robert Esseldeurs) born 1948. They divorced in the early ‚Äė90s.
You Never Can Tell (as ‚ÄúZo Is Het Leven‚ÄĚ [C‚Äôest La Vie]) (3:22) 1985
45: Limbo Records 5317 ‚óŹ Belgium, 1985 (picture sleeve)
They have followed the Emmylou Harris arrangement.
FREE WILL (USA)
Rock quintet. Joe Whiting (vocals, tenor saxophone), Mark Doyle ( lead guitar, vocals, piano), Bill Irvin (rhythm guitar, vocals), John DeMaso (bass), Tom Glaister (drums).
Chuck Berry Medley (10:20) 1969
2-LP set: Cold Cold Morning [Grail Records Production GRL-301/2] ‚óŹ USA, 2017
Songs are: Rock And Roll Music / Around And Around / Nadine / School Day / Thirty Days. Between each song they repeat ‚ÄúRock And Roll Music‚ÄĚ in shorter snippets. Recorded in New York , November 1969. I like this one!
FUTURE DREAM (Austria)
Johnny B. Goode ( : ) 1974
45: Koch Records (self released) ‚óŹ Austria, 1974
GANGBANGS (Netherlands) ?
Searching for this band online is pretty hopeless. There is other stuff that pops up, I tell you. (However, on discogs another variation (alias) turns up, CPC Gangbangs which hails from Canada and have 8 singles and 1 album out from 2006 ‚Äď 2009.)
Beautiful Delilah ( : ) 2002
45: High School Refuse Records HSR-014 ‚óŹ Netherlands, 2002 (picture sleeve)
GROOVIE GHOULIES (USA)
See Volume 3, page 1223 for biographical info.
Refering to what I wrote about this track, it has come to my attention that it was actually released on a 3 track vinyl single back in 1997.
Trick Or Treat (1:32) 1997
45: Lookout! Records LK-186 ‚óŹ USA, 1997 (picture sleeve)
3 tracks on orange vinyl, coupled with ‚ÄúGraveyard Girlfriend‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDevil Town‚ÄĚ. It says it was recorded at Sonic Iguana, Lafayette, Indiana.
It seems like they are a dance band type of thing, however, they look like a rock band.
You Never Can Tell (as ‚ÄúMonsieur Pierre‚ÄĚ) ( : ) 1971
45: California C-5061 (PS) ‚óŹ Sweden, 1971
Mari-Anne Sj√∂berg is doing the vocals here. I haven‚Äôt heard this but the Swedish title is identical to the one by the Streaplers from 1970.
Sounds and looks like a dance band.
Thirty Days (as ‚ÄúOh, Jenny Girl‚ÄĚ) (2:23) 1981
45: Menopole S. 1900 ‚óŹ Belgium, 1981 (picture sleeve)
LP: Holland Rock En Rolland 1 [CNR 541 697] ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1984
This is the same version as the one by John Lamers & The Skyliners back in 1963 but then titled ‚ÄúKom Terug‚ÄĚ.
See also JOHN LAMERS
I.O.W. CHEROKEES (UK)
I.O.W. stands for Isle Of Wight. Beat group.
Anthony Boy ( : ) 1966
45: 69 Club 69-EP-001 ‚óŹ UK, 1966
Recorded at Olympic Sound Studios 17 April 1966.
RUSS JEFFERS & BECKY (USA)
Husband and wife bluegrass duo. Russ Jeffers (vocals. Guitar), Becky Jeffers (ac.bass), James McKInney (banjo), Craig Duncan (fiddle). They have released six albums.
Memphis, Tennessee (as ‚ÄúMemphis‚ÄĚ) (2:29) 1975 (live)
EP: Lee-Ann Records L-1001 ‚óŹ USA, 1975
LP: Russ & Becky Jeffers At Opryland [Lee-Ann Records (NR-6062)] ‚óŹ USA, 1975
A little confusing info here. The EP above has only Russ Jeffers, but all the songs on the EP are on the LP. The LP says only Russ Jeffers on the front cover and labels. On the back cover it says Russ and Becky with pictures of them both. There‚Äôs no cat.no. The NR-number refered to is the mastering number from Nashville Record Productions.
Garage rock quartet, Luca Burranca (vocals, harmonica, maracas), Andrea Caruso (guitar), Adriano Izzo (bass), Efisio Pistis (drums).
Beautiful Delilah (1:58) 2006
45: Psych-Out Records PO-45018 ‚óŹ Italy, 2007 (picture sleeve)
3 tracks, recorded at Dream Studios, Turin, on 24 June 2006.
KING AUTOMATIC (France)
He was the drummer in a French punk band¬†called Thundercrack, now he‚Äôs a one-man band playing garage rock. But I have been unable to find his real name.
You Never Can Tell (2:28) 2015
EP: Havin‚Äô A Whole Lot Of Fun [Futuropolis 250043] ‚óŹ France, 2015
2 songs by King Automatic and 2 songs by Johnny Jano. Recorded March 2015 at Studios Duroc in Nancy.
Rock And Roll Music (as ‚ÄúRock ‚ÄėN Roll Music‚ÄĚ) (2:53) 1989
45: D & K DK-89001 ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1989 (picture sleeve)
The song has a goode drive and they perform and sing well.
JOHN LAMERS And The Skyliners (Netherlands)
He‚Äôs had a lot of singles out during the years, starting in 1960 up to the early ‚Äė80s. And also a few albums.
Thirty Days (as ‚ÄúKom Terug‚ÄĚ) (2:27) 1963
45: CNR UH-9630 ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1963
LP: Crazy Love With John Lamers [CNR GA-5050] ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1964
See also HIGHWAY
LES JERRYS (France)
Bye Bye Johnny ( : ) 1966
Nadine (3:11) 1966
EP: Les Jerrys [Camelon Records CAME-17] ‚óŹ France, 2015
Original test pressing from May 1966, previously unissued. Good grief !!! This should have stayed in the can.
LES SHAZAMS (France)
Memphis, Tennessee (as ‚ÄúMemphis‚ÄĚ) (2:23) 1966
EP: Memphis [DMF 26 445] ‚óŹ France, 1966
This sounds very sweet and reminded me of the Swedish instrumental group The Spotnicks.
LOS EXOTICOS (Spain)
See Volume 3, page 1037 for biographical info.
And yes, that‚Äôs Dave Allen & The Exotics. The EP below is the same as the one on page 1037, but released as a special publicity record where at least the Berry cover runs a little too fast, see timing. And take notice that Dave Allen in question was the American singer/guitarist.
Sweet Little Rock And Roller (2:09) 1966
EP: El Ritmo Liverpool [Disco Sorpresa Fundador 10.127] ‚óŹ Spain, 1967 (picture sleeve)
LOS MAGNATES (Denmark)
See Volume 3, page 1348 for biographical info.
Now here again is a strange one, as this is actually the Danish group Matadorerne released in Spain in disguise of being a Spanish group, which they are NOT. And if you add the two other names for this group you have four to collect, The Matadors or Bobby Winson & The Matadors.
Memphis, Tennessee (2:09) 1965
45: Belter 51.499 ‚óŹ Spain, 1965
I haven‚Äôt heard this version but I reckon they are singing in English and this is the same as the one mentioned on page 1348.
LOS SIREX (Spain)
I‚Äôm Talking About You (as ‚ÄúSi, Lo Hago Por Ti‚ÄĚ) (1:48) 1966
45: Vergara 45.143 ‚óŹ Spain, 1966
The guys do a pretty good job of it. Recorded in stereo.
GREGG MARTINEZ (USA)
From Lafayette, Louisiana. He‚Äôs been performing for nearly five decades and released some 13 albums.
You Never Can Tell (3:28) 2011
CD: South Of The Parish Line [Magnolia/Massacre Records MR-1101] ‚óŹ USA, 2011
Run Rudolph Run (3:27) 2021
CD: A MacDaddy Christmas [MacDaddy Productions, LLC ] ‚óŹ USA, 2021
EDDIE MEDUZA (Sweden)
See Volume 3, page 1359 for biographical info. See also Soundalikes, pages 1850-1851.
Roll Over Beethoven (demo) (1:42) 1979
10‚ÄĚ EP: The Lost Tape [Atenzia Records ATZEP-04] ‚óŹ Sweden, 2016
CD: The Lost Tape [Atenzia Records ATZEP-07] ‚óŹ Sweden, 2016
This EP contains 6 tracks, all demos from 1979. This is exactly how Eddie wanted to sound.
DAVE MILLER And The Byrds (New Zealand)
Beat quintet. three singles and one EP, all in 1965.
How You‚Äôve Changed (3:12) 1965
45: Zodiac Z45-1220 ‚óŹ New Zealand, 1965
This I am sure they picked up from the Animals, but interesting nevertheless. And a pretty good version it is.
This makes it the third cover version of this obscure Berry blues ballad;¬† The Animals in 1965 and George Benson in 2019.
EDDY MITCHELL (France)
See Volume 3, page 1367 for biographical info.
You Never Can Tell (as ‚ÄúC‚Äôest la Vie, Fais la Belle‚ÄĚ) (3:06) 2021
CD: Country Rock [Polydor Universal Music 366¬†776 9] ‚óŹ France, 2021
LP: Country Rock [Polydor Universal Music 366¬†776 3]* ‚óŹ France, 2021
LP: Country Rock [Polydor Universal Music 366¬†777 3]** ‚óŹ France, 2021
You can listen to this on YouTube. Besides the CD the album is out as an ordinary LP (*) and limited edition (**).
PEARL JAM (USA)
Rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. Present members: Eddie Vedder (lead vocals-guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar), Mike McCready (lead guitar), Jeff Ament (bass), Matt Cameron (drums).
Has sold millions of albums and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
Around And Around (3:09) 2017
45: Ten Club TC-2016 ‚óŹ USA, 2017 (picture sleeve)
2016 Annual single available for Pearl Jam Ten Club analog members. Recorded 30 March 2017, a rehearsal for the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. The A-side was titled ‚ÄĚAlive‚ÄĚ from the sound-check on 7 April 2017 for the induction ceremony. Interesting choice since Pearl Jam‚Äôs never been in the Berry cover versions before. Again it goes to show‚Ä¶The Berry cover side of the label has a silhouette image of a Berry walking Chuck. Nice. The songs were recorded by Music Mix Mobile and mastered at Resonant Mastering. This is no bootleg. Don‚Äôt know if it was for sale in stores, but you‚Äôll find several on eBay.
Four guys from Frenkendorf, near Basel. Beat instrumental group.
Guitar Boogie ( : ) 1979 (instr)
45: Studiotechnik A.Gysin & Co 4687/4688 AG ‚óŹ Switzerland, 1979 (picture sleeve)
Now this is a self released little single featuring a cover of the Berry instrumental on one side (B), and ‚ÄúAmapola‚ÄĚ on the other side ( A). Always nice to see when bands are covering this Berry boogie, a title it should have had in the first place.
RAMBLERS (West Germany)
There‚Äôs been a lot of bands around calling themselves The Ramblers. This seems to be a punk/powerpop band formed early 1977 in Hagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Around And Around (4:00) 1980
45: BB Records 1010 31 ‚óŹ Switzerland, 1980 (picture sleeve)
The A-side of the single was titled ‚ÄúNo Sensation‚ÄĚ.
JOHN RUSSELL (Netherlands)
Black singer who had his first single out in 1962 on Philips as John Russels And The Junior Rockers. The single below was his second. He‚Äôs released a lot of records throughout the years way up into the ‚Äė90s. Also know as John ‚ÄúKingsize‚ÄĚ Russell and Big John Russell.
Maybellene (as ‚ÄúMabelline‚ÄĚ) (2:45) 1964
45: Fontana 278¬†075 YF ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1964 (picture sleeve)
Favorieten Express series.
SAN BERNADINO (Ireland)
Seems like they are/were everything from showband to country to heavy metal. They started in 1975 and have had 6 singles out from 1977-1982.
Tulane ( : ) 1982
45: Evergreen EVS-102 ‚óŹ Ireland, 1982 (picture sleeve)
In 1981 they released a single titled ‚ÄúI‚Äôm A Headbanger‚ÄĚ coupled with ‚ÄúRoute 66‚ÄĚ. The latter being credited to Chuck Berry, would you believe, instead of Bobby Troup.
JOHNNY SEVEN & THE KILOWATTS /USA)
Probably a Texas blues-rock band. This is the only record I have found. The EP below has four tracks including three written by Johnny Seven.
School Day ( : ) 1983
EP: School Days [Black Snake Productions BSP-1002] ‚óŹ USA, 1983
SIT N‚Äô SPIN (USA)
Four gals from California playing garage rock with a rock‚Äôn‚Äôroll twist. Heidi Lieb (guitar, vocals), Monica Vargo (guitar, vocals), Meredith Ochs (bass), Maria McKenna (drums). They have several singles and three albums to their credit.
Thirty Days (2:25) 1996
45: Solamente Records XCR-05 ‚óŹ USA, 1996
JO JO SIWA (USA)
Real name Joelle Joanie Siwa. Born 2003. She‚Äôs a dancer, actress, singer and YouTube personality. I have seen a DVD for sale by her. She‚Äôs also made a video of the Berry track below, aimed at younger girls. They could download the song through Amazon. And it seems a 1000 copies were made of the actual CD for sale in selected stores.
Run Rudolph Run (2:13) 2020
CD EP: JoJo‚Äôs Rockin‚Äô Christmas [Nickelodeon 50 5452 69612 0 3] ‚óŹ USA, 2020
See Volume 3, page 1511 for biographical info.
Run Rudolph Run (3:31) 2002
CD: Come On Let‚Äôs Party! [EMI 5802 382] ‚óŹ UK, 2002
Garage punk quintet.
I‚Äôm Talking About You (as ‚ÄúTalkin‚Äô ‚ÄėBout You‚ÄĚ) ( : ) 1994
45: Pin Up Records 95036 ‚óŹ Germany, 1995
Recorded 27 April 1994 at Audio Recording, Seattle, Washington. Released on white vinyl (300 copies), red (300) and black (400).
Four young guys with ‚Äė60s long hair, Josh McClorey, Stuart Hardle, Pete O‚ÄôHanlon, Evan Walsh. Garage rock.
Beautiful Delilah (1:57) 2012
EP: What A Shame [Virgin EMI 374 9900] ‚óŹ UK, 2012
3-track CD single: Virgin ASHAMECJ-1 ‚óŹ UK, 2012
CD: Snapshot [Virgin EMI 375 0949] ‚óŹ UK, 2013 (deluxe edition)
Speeded up version to the extreme.
You can find more Berry covers with these guys on YouTube, like live versions of ‚ÄúLittle Queenie‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúRun Rudolph Run‚ÄĚ.
DIANE TARAZ (USA)
Born in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts, she is now living in the Boston area. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. So far she‚Äôs released some 21 albums including various topics, political, history and Christmas.
Johnny B. Goode (3:15) (medley with ‚ÄúWonderful World‚ÄĚ & ‚ÄúCupid‚ÄĚ) (6:25) 2017
CD: Let‚Äôs Misbehave! [Raisin Pie Music 41578 2 3] ‚óŹ USA, 2017
Recorded and mastered at Wellspring Sound in Acton, Massachusetts. Produced by Taraz. It‚Äôs a little unusual to combine two Sam Cooke songs with the Berry classic. They really don‚Äôt mix well, but she‚Äôs doing a goode job of it.
Rock band. Gary Copley (guitar, vocals), Tommy Lee Reid (bass, vocals), Dick Jeffries (drums, vocals) On the single the band is known as Triangles, however, on the album they are known as Copley, Jeffries & Reid. They were a popular trio who performed in the central Ohio and throughout the mid west.
‚ÄúThe Chuck Berry Collection‚ÄĚ medley (4:25) 1975
45: Kare Records KS-108 ‚óŹ USA, 1975
LP: Triangle [Kare Records LPS-330] ‚óŹ USA, 1975
Songs: Carol / Too Much Monkey Business / Little Queenie / Johnny B. Goode / Nadine / Reelin‚Äô And Rockin‚Äô
See volume 3, page 1573 for biographical info. I would add that they were probably a garage rock band who were still learning. But I am sure they had fun.
On this page I referred to the entry as being previously unissued according to the album liner notes. But a 45 turned up and it was actually released as a single in 1966.
Too Much Monkey Business (as ‚ÄúMonkey Business‚ÄĚ) (2:35) 1966
45: Delta DS-1175 ‚óŹ Netherlands, 1966
The Berry track which was the A-side is wrongly credited to one Ruud Tegenhart.
REX TURNER (Australia)
In the ‚Äė50s he was on some 10 singles and EPs, mostly cover versions of American hits. He looks like a crooner although I haven‚Äôt heard the actual song so I can‚Äôt tell for sure.
School Day ( : ) 1957
78/45: W & G WG-SPN-429 ‚óŹ Australia, 1957
B-side was ‚ÄúHonky Tonk Song‚ÄĚ. Label colour was light green for the 45, and darker red for the 78.
YUYA UCHIDA (Japan)
See Volume 3, page 1580 for biographical info.
Roll Over Beethoven ( : ) 1964
45: Toshiba Records TR-1097 ‚óŹ Japan, 1964 (picture sleeve)
VIKA AND LINDA (Australia)
Sisters Vika Susan and Linda Rose Bull from Melbourne. Blues and sou/gospel duo who started out back in 1984 as backing vocalists in the group The Black Sorrows (see page 1079-80 in Vol.3). In 1994 they went solo and released their first album, ‚ÄúVika And Linda‚ÄĚ, which went into the Top Ten. So far they have released 7 studio albums, 4 live albums and some 20 singles.
Run Rudolph Run (4:14) 2001
Various CD: The Spirit Of Christmas [Myer Grace Bros MGB-07CD] ‚óŹ Australia, 2001
It says on the back cover that All profits from the proceeds of this CD will be donated to the Salvation Army of Australia.
Down Bound Train (2:48) 2020
CD: Sunday (The Gospel According To Iso) [Bloodlines BLOOD-78] ‚óŹ Australia, 2020
LP: Sunday (The Gospel According To Iso) [Bloodlines BLOODLP-78] ‚óŹ Australia, 2020
Fine version where the girls are singing in harmony to good effect. Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly sent the ladies 175 songs several years ago to choose from regarding plans for a gospel album. After some painstaking listening they decided on 12 songs plus an original. The album reached #2 on the Australian album charts, and at the AIR Awards of 2021 it won Best Independent Blues and Roots album. An interesting note is that English music director Cameron Bruce played piano from his home in New South Wales and sent the tracks to Melbourne.
TONY WORSLEY (Australia)
Born¬†Anthony Asheen Worsley in Hastings, England in 1944 and emigrated with his family to Brisbane, Australia when he was 15.¬†He had 3 albums out in 1965-1966, and a whole lotta singles from 1964-1967.
I‚Äôm Talking About You (as ‚ÄúTalking about you‚ÄĚ) (1:58) 1965
45: Sunshine (Festival) QK-983 ‚óŹ Australia, 1965
2-CD: Ready, Steady, Let‚Äôs Go [Festival Records D-46071] ‚óŹ Australia, 1999
And The Fabulous Blue Jays. The CD set contains the complete Sunshine recordings. 37 tracks with The Blue Jays and 10 tracks by the Blue Jays themselves.
In 1992 he was part of concert dates called ‚ÄúLiving Legends Live Benefit Concert‚ÄĚ where he a.o. did a great version of ‚ÄúJohnny B. Goode‚ÄĚ with a fabulous band (see YouTube). As far as I can tell it‚Äôs only available on VHS and DVD, no CD (?)
YELLOW DOGS (Japan)
Four guys, Julie (guitar), Nanny (guitar), Ikari (bass), Takao (drums). A revival surf/rockabilly/beat group. Not easy to find info on these guys online. The CDs show five guys but singles show 4 (?)
Sweet Little Sixteen (2:30) 1999
45: Tinstar Records SR-TIN-012 ‚óŹ Japan, 1999 (picture sleeve)
CD: The Yellow Dogs Jacaranda 20 Hits! [Tinstar Records MSR-TIN-030] ‚óŹ Japan, 2000
The main problem is the ‚ÄúEnglish‚ÄĚ pronunciation. But they are good musicians.
Too Much Monkey Business ( : ) 2000
45: Tinstar Records MSR-TIN-026 ‚óŹ Japan, 2000 (picture sleeve)
CD: The Yellow Dogs Jacaranda 20 Hits! [Tinstar records MSR-TIN-030] ‚óŹ Japan, 2000
Carol ( : ) 2002
CD: My Girl Is Red Hot [Tinstar Records MSR-TIN-049] ‚óŹ Japan, 2002
They also do a cover of ‚ÄúI Got To Find My Baby‚ÄĚ probably credited to Berry, but it‚Äôs not counted for as it is not a Berry original.
I‚Äôm Talking About You ( : ) 2003
Little Queenie ( : ) 2003
CD: Yellow Dogs Is Gonna Get You [Tinstar Records TIN-056] ‚óŹ Japan, 2003