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: The more you browse the Internet, the more cover versions you find. Here's another list of artists and band playing Chuck Berry's music. This segment starts with Run Rudolph Run and it ends with it. [continued]
PSYCHIC ILLS (USA)
Tres Warren (vocals, guitar, organ, piano), Elizabeth Hart (bass), Chris Millstein (drums).
Run Rudolph Run (4:02) 2013
Various CD: Psych-Out Christmas [Cleopatra CLP-1069] â USA, 2013
This has to be one of the worst ever, the singer sounds like he just woke up and the guitar is out of tune. And four minutes!!! You could kill for less. Sorry guys.
Rock quintet from California.
Roll Over Beethoven (3:15) 2011
CD: American Too [Push 86559] â USA, 2011
SUZIE QUATRO (USA)
Susan Kay Quatro, born 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. Singer, songwriter, bassist. Very popular rock performer since the early â70s. First album âSuzi Quatroâ or âCan The Canâ in 1973. She was actually much more popular in the UK and Europe than in the USA. In the UK she had 5 Top Ten albums (2 at #1). And I must say that it is about time sheâs finally in this survey. She rocks!
Sweet Little Rock And Roller (2:53) 1978
Box set: The Rock Box 1973-1979 The Complete Recordings [Chrysalis CRB-1438] â EU, 2022
Previously unreleased. Sheâs often done this live and youâll find several, both early and later clips, on You Tube.
This is a 7 CD/1 DVD box set of all her recordings for the Chrysalis label (RAK Records), 132 tracks.
QUEEN DIVAS OF THE UNIVERSE (USA)
Formed in 2009. Roni Lee (vocals, guitar), Laurie Beebe Lewis (piano), Shaaron Hancock-Schuemaker (bass), Chuck Lewis (drum programming) !!! The three ladies are music vets who separately have been involved with other bands back in the â70s and up. The Xmas album below was their first as a group.
Run Rudolph Run (3:56) 2011
CD: All Wrapped Up In Christmas [Remnant Studios 111711] â USA, 2011
Itâs a rockinâ version in the traditional way with a few new lyric interchanges here and there.
CASSIE RAMONE (USA)
Real name Cassie Grzymkowski. Born 1986 and raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Moved to Brooklyn in 2004. Singer, songwriter, guitarist. She released her debut album in August 2014 titled âThe Time Has Comeâ. Sheâs been involved in several bands since 2008, like Vivian Girls, Bossy, The Babies, OCDPP, and all have released records.
Run Rudolph Run ( : ) 2015
CD: Christmas In Reno [Burger Records BRGR-960] â USA, 2015
Donât know why the title is as it is, because the album was recorded in New Jersey and Los Angeles during February 2014 â August 2015, and there are no titles with Reno in them. Maybe her grandparents lived there?
BO RAMSEY And The Sliders (USA)
Robert Franklin Ramsey. Singer, songwriter, guitarist. Born 1951 in Burlington, Iowa. Has released several albums since 1982.
Memphis, Tennessee ( : ) 1983
LP: Feelinâs Gettingâ Stronger [3rd Street Records RR-001] â USA, 1983
LARRY RASPBERRY & THE HIGHSTEPPERS (USA)
Singer, songwriter, guitarist. Blues/rock group from Memphis, Tennessee.
Back In The USA [as âLivinâ In The USAâ] (3:32) 1975
CD: Highsteppinâ And Fancy Dancinâ, Jukinâ And Jivinâ [Intense/Backroom Records BR-1000] â USA, 1996
This album is a compilation of previously released and unreleased tracks. The Berry cover previously unissued.
DAVID REA (USA)
David Ernest Rea. Born near Akron, Ohio in 1946, died in 2011. Singer, songwriter, musician. Session work with Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot.
Nadine (2:45) 1973
LP: Slewfoot [Columbia KC-32485] â USA, 1973
I havenât heard this version but I would reckon it sounds a little folky.
REBEL CATS (Mexico)
Run Rudolph Run [as âCorre Rodolfo Correâ] (2:29) 2009
CD: Navidad Rock-A-Billy [Grabaxiones Alicia 0045] â Mexico. 2009
RED HOT ROCKINâ SANTAS (Australia)
Rockânâroll trio, Brian Dean, Mick Hamilton, Leon Isaacson.
Run Rudolph Run ( : ) 1987
45: Festival Records K-471 â Australia, 1987
I havenât heard this, as it is the A-side âAnother RockânâRoll Christmasâ that turns up.
RED TOPS (Spain)
Thirty Days (3:30) 2012
CD: âŠAre Back In Town [Vaso Music VM-473] â Spain, 2012
A rock swingin' version, with a guitar solo and sax solo.
BUDDY REED & THE ROCKET 88s (USA)
Blues-rock quartet. Buddy Reed (vocals, guitar), Bill Tarsha (harmonica), Jerry Smith (bass) and Roger Rotoli (drums, vocals).
Sweet Little Rock And Roller (3:41) 1983
LP: Short Dress Woman [Trash Records TLP-1002] â USA, 1983
CHRIS ROBERTS (West Germany)
Real name: Christian KlusĂĄÄek, pop singer and actor, born 1946 in Munich-Schwabing, died in 2017. He was very popular and had A LOT of record releases, both singles and albums.
Rock And Roll Music (3:03) 1972
LP: Love Me [Polydor 2371 314] â West Germany, 1972
Well, this is awful to say the least. The backing is by Orchester Hans Bertram and production by Bertram. It goes too fast and the happy sound by the tanzorchester is too much to swallow.
R.O.C.K. FLAMINGOS (Japan)
Rockabilly band from Nagoya, formed in 1997.
Thirty Days (2:16) 2013
CD: Play With Mr. Pan [Get Hip Records GC-042] â Japan, 2013
The problem is their English pronunciation, but they should have for trying, and for playing the guitar solo the same way Berry did. Thatâs not done very often.
ROCKEC IVO PEĆ ĂKA (Czech Republic)
Jazz musician -flute, clarinet, saxophone-, singer, actor and painter. Born 1944, died 2011. Although being in the jazz field he sounds very rockinâ on the Berry covers.
Maybellene [as âMĂĄ DrahĂĄâ](2:18) 2002
Roll Over Beethoven [as âTak StraĆĄĂ Beethovenâ] (2:35) 2002
You Never Can Tell [as âZabitĂĄ LĂĄskaâ] (3:25) 2002
CD: Rockec Ivo PeĆĄĂĄka [Areca Multimedia AM-80119 2] â Czech Republic, 2002
Again interesting to notice that Berryâs music is in the lead when it comes to numbers of covers on an album.
ROCKVEREINIGUNG WINTERTHUR (Switzerland)
Rock sextet, Markus Hodel (vocals), PĂ€de Morf (guitar), Roger Flieg (guitar), Beat Iseli (steel-guitar, guitar) Bob Curiano (bass), and Stefan Engler (drums). Guests: Roman Weissert (saxophone) and Marc Wagenbach (backing vocals).
Carol (3:41) 1998 (live)
Johnny B. Goode (3:29) 1998 (live)
Sweet Little Sixteen (2:50) 1998 (live)
RVW Live â98 [RVW Hardstudios HS-98481 (Matrix no)] â Switzerland, 1998
17 tracks. Recorded live at Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, Steinberggasse-BĂŒhne, Sunday 6 September â98.
Yeah, this is a self-released album, but it has an informative booklet and you can see that they have made the best efforts to get it as presentable as possible. And they do several Berry soundalikes also: âNatural Born Womanâ, âBrown Sugarâ, âBack In The USSRâ, âRoute 66â and âJumpinâ Jack Flashâ. Not a bad rockinâ album to have in your collection.
ROLLING STONES (UK)
See volume 3, pages 1475-1477 for biographical info.
Around And Around (3:53) 1977 (live)
2-CD: El Mocambo 1977 [Rolling Stones Records (Polydor) 4549589] â UK-USA, 2022
Recorded live at the El Mocambo Tavern in Toronto, Canada on 5 March 1977 in front of 300 people. Itâs the full concert (previously unissued) from 5 March â77 and three bonus tracks from the 4 March performance. In addition to the Berry number they also perform soundalikes like âRoute 66â, âStar Starâ, âItâs Only RockânâRoll (But I Like It)â, âBrown Sugarâ and âJumpinâ Jack Flashâ. There is also a 4-LP box set available.
LEON RUSSELL (USA)
See volume 3, page 1484 for biographical info.
Roll Over Beethoven (3:10) 2011 (live)
LP: The Montreux Session [Edel: Content Â 0208394CTT] â Germany, 2013
Recorded at Miles Davis Hall in Montreux, 6 July 2011, during Festival De Jazz De Montreux 2011.
Cajun quintet. Singing in French.
You Never Can Tell [as âCâest La Vieâ] (3:03) 2021
CD: Gin Ă LâEau SalĂ©e [L-Abe LABECD-21001] â Canada, 2021
Pretty good swinginâ cajun version in French which makes it more authentic despite not being from Louisiana.
Rockânâroll band from Helsinki.
Sweet Little Rock And Roller (3:36) 2020
CD: The Seacruisers [Turenki Records/Pressworks Music cat no? ] â Finland, 2020
Good rockinâ version.
SEBâS MUSIC SHOP (Canada)
SĂ©bastien Plante, one man band.
Roll Over Beethoven ( : ) 2019
LP: Blues Volume 1 [Sebâs Music Shop no cat no] â Canada, 2019
I havenât been able to find this Berry cover on You Tube but he has a complete sound despite being on his own.
SECRET SERVICE (USA)
Garage rock quartet from New York City. Wayne Manor (vocals), Rob Normandin (guitar), Jim Gange (bass), Steve Peper (drums).
Too Much Monkey Business (2:29) (live)
CD: Power And Volume ! [Snap, Crackle & Pop FUNCD-007] â Spain, 1998
This is a compilation album from different sources. Berry track recorded live at CBGB, New York, NY, 28 May 1987. They also did âI Got To Find My Babyâ the same year (different venue) credited to Berry which is wrong. Written by Willie Dixon and originaly recorded by Little Walter for Checker in 1954.
JAY SEWALL (Canada)
Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist. Born in Boston, but grew up in Montreal. He played in Chicago during the seventies and the eighties. Based in Quebec overÂ the past twenty years and he is today a legend in Canadian blues.
Reelinâ And Rockinâ (3:37) 2018
CD: Payinâ My Dues â 50 Years Of Blues [Mack Records Â JS2-4788] â Canada, 2018
Garage rock quartet from Melbourne. Members on the Berry cover below are: Bill Leggett (vocals), Pete Andrews (guitar), Steve Agar (bass) and Spud Wildman (drums).
Iâm Talking About You [as âTalking About Youâ] (2:22) 1984
EP: The Shindiggers [Preston Records 13673] â Australia, 1985
Recorded September 1984 in Peteâs Lounge Room.
2-CD: Maximum Beat [Off The Hip OTH-7056] â Australia, 2008
The 2-CD set is a remastered compilation of all their recordings from 1984 to 2000.
See page 1505 in Volume 3. The entry below is already in the survey, however, I didnât know anything about this lady back then. But her life story is kinda interesting. Shamsi AssĂŁr, a very versatile lady, was born 1935 in Tehran, Iran and was an author, editor, actress, singer, songwriter who recorded under the name of Shusha, performing Persian and Western folk-songs. She was a student in France in the late â50s and moved to London, England in the early â60s. Shusha was also a talented amateur documentary filmmaker and was even nominated for an Oscar back in 1976 for her feature documentary âPeople Of The Windâ which was also narrated by famous actor James Mason. She released 13 albums altogether, 1971-1995. She died in 2008.
Bye Bye Johnny (2:56) 1974
LP: This Is The Day [United Artists UAS-29684] â UK, 1974
CD: Shusha / This Is The Day [BGO Records CD-531] UK, 2001
This is one of those unusual entries. Much the same as Marianne Faithful and her version of âSweet Little Sixteenâ in 1976. Shusha was a folk singer, sounding like Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell (sort of), and itâs pretty peculiar that she included this Berry title to cover together with songs from the likes of Woody Guthrie, Cole Porter, Van Morrison, Jacques Brel, Bob Dylan and others. The result is a little doubtful, but at least itâs quite different from all other versions!
Rock/Beat quintet from Herefordshire. Patrick Brooke (lead vocals, harmonica), Overend WattsÂ (guitar, vocals), Paul Jeffery (rhythm guitar, vocals),Â Robert Fisher (bass, vocals), Dale GriffinÂ (drums).
Iâm Talking About You (2:40) 1990
Let It Rock (2:30) 1990
2 CD: Doc Thomas Group: Italian Job / The Silence: Shotgun Eyes [Angel Air Records SJPCD-278] â UK, 1998
The Silence tracks recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, October 1990. They also did âRoute 66â which I am certain sounds like Stones/Berry.
SKY HIGH (Sweden)
Blues-rock band formed 1978 in Gothenburg by guitarist Clas YngstrĂ¶m.
Too Much Monkey Business (3:52) 2004 (live)
CD: Soul Survivor [Virgin 7243 473524 2 3] â Sweden, 2004
14 tracks recorded live at Fasching, Stockholm, between 9 and 11 March 2004.
SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS (UK)
See Volume 4, page 1890 (Soundalikes) for biographical info.
Run Rudolph Run (3:39) 2015
Various CD: Punk Rock Christmas [Cleopatra CLO-0091] â USA, 2015
Heavy rockinâ version. This album was reissued both in 2017 and 2021.