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 time all new entries start with the letter M [continued]
Early ‚Äė80s rock band produced by a.o. Dr. John and Willy DeVille. Members: Anders Kraft, Bengt Kirschon, Bj√∂rn Gideonsson, Christian Falk and Gabbe Gabrielsson.
Nadine (4:10) 1982
12‚ÄĚ EP: Private Hell 36 [Sound Of Scandinavia SOSM-1136] ‚óŹ Sweden, 1982
MARCE & CHEMA (Spain)
Latino pop duo with a little rock in them. They usually sing in Spanish but I haven‚Äôt heard the Berry medley so I can‚Äôt verify.
Rockmania medley: Johnny B. Goode / Carol / Memphis, Tennessee / Nadine / Roll Over Beethoven / Rock And Roll Music (8:30) 1979
LP: Ganador [Reflejo 10C 062-062.888] ‚óŹ Spain, 1979 (promo)
MC: Ganador [Reflejo 10C 262¬†062 888] ‚óŹ Spain, 1979
LASSE M√ÖRTENSON (Finland)
Lars Anders Fredrik M√•rtenson, popsinger, songwriter, musician and actor, born 1934 in Helsinki. His first single came out in 1962, and many more followed. Several albums since 1966. He died in 2016.
Memphis, Tennessee [as ‚ÄúSaanko Turkuun, Naapuriin‚ÄĚ] ( : ) 1966
LP: Lasse [RCA Victor LPM-10071] ‚óŹ Finland, 1966
MART√í & THE JUDAS (Italy)
Giancarlo Martelli, pop/rock singer. Seems like he had a great hit in Italy with ‚ÄúHey Joe‚ÄĚ in 1967. Performed in Italian.
Bye Bye Johnny [as ‚ÄúBie Bie Johnny!!!‚ÄĚ] (1:40) 1966
LP: Lost And Found [Discoverix DSX-33001] Italy, 1991
Limited edition 500 copies. Previously unissued. I am always skeptical to such short versions. It‚Äôs almost over before it starts.
Rock sextet based in Mayfield, East Sussex fronted by lead singer John Murray. They play rock‚Äôn‚Äôroll, blues and soul and are gigging in Mayfield and the surrounding area. They recorded some demo tracks back in July 2018.
Little Queenie (3:22) 2022
70th Jubilee Edition for streaming on all platforms and a special You Tube video
Yes I know, this is not the way this list usually goes. But this was recorded to celebrate the Queen‚Äôs Platinum Jubilee. The video was produced incorporating classic photographs and clips from the queen‚Äôs reign and artwork by local primary school children. And best of all, 100 per cent of the proceeds from the song will go to help seriously ill children from across the UK treated at Great Osmond Street Hospital.
PETE MacDONALD & THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN (Canada)
Country music singer, songwriter and guitarist from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Leader of The Country Gentlemen.
Memphis, Tennessee [as ‚ÄúMemphis‚ÄĚ] (2.17) 1968
LP: Pete MacDonald And The Country Gentlemen [Banff SBS-5330] ‚óŹ Canada, 1967
LP: Pete MacDonald And The Country Gentlemen [Rodeo Int. SRLP-7112] ‚óŹ Canada, 1968
Recorded at Stereo Sound Studios, Montreal, P.Q. One side is instrumental and one side vocals (‚ÄúMemphis‚ÄĚ).
ALI McGREGOR (Australia)
Born 1974 in Melbourne, Victoria. Soprano opera singer, actress and cabaret performer.
Run Rudolph Run (3:22) 2015
CD: A Very Jazzamatazz Christmas [ABC Music (Universal) 4729008 ] ‚óŹ Australia, 2015
Can‚Äôt say it sounded so very jazzy (unfortunately) despite featuring a horn section. More like a ‚Äúsoul‚ÄĚ version except her voice is not.
Beautiful Delilah (2:06) 2004
I‚Äôm Talking About You [as ‚ÄúTalkin‚Äô Bout You‚ÄĚ] (2:21) 2004
Nadine (3:55) 2004
CD: Rock Therapy [Caduc√©e Records CD-004] ‚óŹ France, 2004
They also do ‚ÄúRoute 66‚ÄĚ credited to Chuck Berry(!), sorry Bobby.
See Volume 3, page 1359 (Mefistos) for biographical info. Also this blog for correct info regarding the band name.
Rock And Roll Music (2:19) 2003
Sweet Little Sixteen (3:16) 2003
CD: Mefisto Rock‚Äôn‚ÄôRoll Vol. 2 [Areca Multimedia AM 80215-2] ‚óŹ Czech Replublic, 2004
Johnny B. Goode ( : ) 1989 (live)
Little Queenie ( : ) 1989 (live)
Roll Over Beethoven ( : ) 1989 (live)
Sweet Little Sixteen ( : ) 1989 (live)
2 CD: Mefisto Stoy 1964-1992 [Saturn KK-0353-2] ‚óŹ Czech Replublic, 2011
Recorded live at KD Eden, Praha 26 October 1989. Here they also do a live version of the instrumental tribute ‚ÄúI Like Chuck Berry‚ÄĚ between Johnny B. and Queenie.
Reelin‚Äô And Rockin‚Äô ( : ) 1992 (live)
2 CD: Mefisto Stoy 1964-1992 [Saturn KK-0353-2] ‚óŹ Czech Replublic, 2011
Recorded live at Letni Kino, Praha 3 May 1992.
MEK & THE X-MAX PEKS (Denmark)
Ole Ballund aka Mek Pek (vocals), Mika Vandborg (guitar), Kim Nekroman (bass), Jens Daugaard (drums).
Run Rudolph Run (2:36) 2000
CD: Mek & The X.Mas Peks [Kick Music KICKCD-118] ‚óŹ Denmark, 2000
A little heavy rockabilly rendition of this classic.
EDDIE MESA With THE HI-JACKS (Philippines)
Eduardo de Mesa Eigenmann was born in 1940. As Eddie Mesa he‚Äôs known as a Filipino singer and actor. He was at a time famous as ‚Äúthe Elvis Presley of the Philippines‚ÄĚ because of his impersonation of the man. Later on he moved to the USA and eventually saw the light...
Roll Over Beethoven (2:21) 1970
45: Scoop Records SP-116 ‚óŹ Philippines, 1970
RAPHAEL MEYNER & The Sleep Workers (West Germany)
Roll Over Beethoven ( : ) 1971
45: Life Records St 71¬†310 ‚óŹ West Germany, 1971
It‚Äôs not easy when you find absolutely nothing about this artist on the net.
Mieko Hirota, female singer who was born in Tokyo 1947, died in 2020. She was very popular and regarded as a dynamic and great singer. Her first album came in 1961 and she‚Äôs had a lot of them throughout the years.
Rock And Roll Music ( : ) 1971
2-LP: Rock Rock [Columbia JPW-37-38] ‚óŹ Japan, 1971
Not sure if she sings in English or Japanese on this one.
MIRABELLO 3 (Italy)
Pop trio, one girl, two boys. But they have additional musicians on board.
Rock And Roll Music [Italian lyrics] (2:28) 1977
LP: Chi Porta Gi√Ļ Questo Cane? [Intingo ¬†ITLM-14501] ‚óŹ Italy, 1977
MIRROR IMAGE ( USA)
Back In The USA (2:54) 1980
LP: Performs The Songs Of Linda Ronstadt [Pickwick SPC-3745] ‚óŹ USA, 1980
The more correct title here would have been Performs The Hits Of ‚Ä¶ Anyway, if you look at the entry by Platinum Players on this blog performing Back In The USA, released on a Pickwick LP in ‚Äô79, it wouldn‚Äôt surprise me if it is actually the same version. Although I don‚Äôt know for sure as I haven‚Äôt heard either one. Do I really have to?
MISSING MOONLIGHTERS (USA)
Actually called The Moonlighters, who had an album out in 1977 and another in 1983. Country-rock group, led by vocalist and guitarist Bill Kirchen (page 1292).
Let It Rock (3:36) mid 1980s (live)
Oh What A Thrill (4:05) mid 1980s (live)
2-CD: Live / Studio Closet Tapes [Globe Records GLO-037] ‚óŹ USA, 2008
All tracks are previously unissued. The studio ones were recorded at various places in California. And the live ones? Well it was recorded at various night clubs in the San Francisco Bay area, but nothing is mentioned when it happened? Irritating. However, ‚ÄúLet It Rock‚ÄĚ is a good country-rock version with solid bass and beat and after 2 minutes with an interesting interlude. ‚ÄúOh What A Thrill‚ÄĚ works just as good. You can listen to the entire album on You Tube.
MISSING SOULS (France)
Beat/soul band from Lyon. Ian Kapoudjian (guitar, vocals), Ricky Bilbao (organ, bass), Zaza Sharps (vocals, bass, tambourine), Lester Mizzi (drums).
I‚Äôm Talking About You (2:02) 2015
LP/CD: The Missing Souls [Dangerhouse Skylab DSL-009] ‚óŹ France, 2016
ELIZABETH MITCHELL (USA)
Multi-instrumentalist, it seems she plays any kind of everything with a sound to it. Looking at the amount of musicians who participated on the album below, it would probably take a page. The whole album is aimed at children.
School Day (3:43) 2006-2009
CD: Sunny Day [Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD-45064] ‚óŹ USA, 2010
Recorded 2006‚Äď2009 at On-Me Sound, Mount Tremper, New York. The vocals on the Berry track is by Charlotte Constan. She‚Äôs also singing on ‚ÄúMystery Train‚ÄĚ, the other only rock‚Äôn‚Äôroll song included on the album. Good education for children nevertheless.
MOHAIR SWEETS (Canada)
Colin Bryce, singer, songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist. Russ Kroeker ( bass) and Greg Gardner (drums). Bryce is regarded as being punk-rocker from the late ‚Äė70s and from 1997-2007 the man behind Mohair Sweets print and webzine. As far as I can tell they have five CD EPs out from 2014-2018.
You Never Can Tell ( : ) 2017
CD EP: The Ronnie Lane Tribute EP [Mohair Sweets Mohair #03] ‚óŹ Canada, 2017
Well, Ronnie Lane himself did perform this song on almost all of his concerts, so people connected to his music think it is a proper choice to include this Berry classic. (See Ronnie Lane on page 1305)
MONTE CARLOS (USA)
Country-rock quintet, Billy Cioffi (vocals, guitars), Michael Clark (vocals, keyboards), Philip Krawzak (saxophone), Will MacGregor (bass), Kirk Arthur Trachsel (drums).
You Can‚Äôt Catch Me (3:24) 1994
CD: Monte Carlos [B.T. Puppy Records BTP-055222-2] ‚óŹ USA, 1994
1970s hard rock band from California led by founding member Ronnie Montrose. They had four albums out on Warner Bros. from 1973 to 1976.
Roll Over Beethoven (3:39) 1974
2-CD: Paper Money [Warner Brothers R2 557788] ‚óŹ USA, 2017 (DeLuxe Edition)
CD 1 is the original ‚ÄúPaper Money‚ÄĚ LP from 1974. CD 2 contains a previously unissued (incl. R.O.B.) KSAN Radio Session, Record Plant, Sausalito, California, 26 December 1974.
MOODY BROTHERS (USA)
We already have this group on the blog, however, I have added this new cover.
Run Rudolph Run (2:43) 1987
CD: Home For The Holidays [Intersound Digital CHD-1502] ‚óŹ Canada, 1991
Recorded at Lamon Sound Studios, Charlotte, North Carolina in October 1987.
GARY MOORE (UK)
See Volume 3, page 1373 for biographical info.
Thirty Days (3:15) 2007 (live)
CD: Live At Bush Hall 2007 [Eagle Records ER-203672] ‚óŹ USA, 2014
This album was released all over EU, Australia and Japan. Later re-issued in EU on a 2-LP set in 2019. I like this live version better than the studio one.
R. STEVIE MOORE (USA)
Robert Steven Moore, born 1952 in Nashville. Son of Bob Moore, the famous studio bass player. Stevie is sometimes called the Godfather of Home Recording and one of the most recognized of the cassette underground. Rumor has it that he has
recorded around 400 (yes four hundred) self-released albums, but also several albums released on various labels (mostly compilations).
Havana Moon (3:03) 2016
CD: Lids & Blankets: A Covers Collection Vol.1 [Stevie Moore self-released] ‚óŹ USA, 2016
Ok, but a little predictable and boring.
Obscure Liverpool beat group active on Merseyside during the 1960s. A trio formed by former members of The Del Renas.
All Aboard ( : ) 1963
Various CD: Beat Waves ‚ÄėCross The Mersey Vol. 2 [Merseyside Records Me-1002] ‚óŹ UK, 2012
Previously unissued. Recorded 1963, so this will have to be the very first cover of this rather obscure Berry song, first available on the ‚ÄúChuck Berry On Stage‚ÄĚ album that came out in England October 1963.