Fred Rothwell's Long Distance Information: Chuck Berry's Recorded Legacy (Music Mentor Books, 2001)
is the ultimate book for any serious Chuck Berry record collector: All Berry sessions, all the songs, all the session musicians, where to find which song if ever released, and tons of additional stuff.
First published in 2001 the book consists mainly of a 240 page commented "sessionography", a list of 93 recording sessions Chuck participated in between 1954 and 2000. For each session Fred lists the musicians and the songs recorded, whether released or not. For every song he shows a few main records containing it. He also fully describes and critizises every recording.
Chuck Berry's recorded legacy is not complete yet, though. After publication of Fred Rothwell's book thanks to Dale Gischer, who played drums on this session, we now know that the session took place in January 1969. The exact date he does not remember. Dale would also like to see his last name's spelling corrected as shown.
Dale was so kind to provide us with this photo taken during the session, which shows from left to right:
Dale Gischer - Drums, Billy Peek - Guitar and Keyboards, Chuck Berry, Kermit Eugene Cooley - Bass Guitar.
Many thanks, Dale!
April 18th, 2010 - Reader J. Young informed me:
I'm sorry to announce that Kermit Eugene Cooley passed away yesterday afternoon around 6 pm. He played bass for Chuck Berry in Concerto in B. Goode. He was a good man and a great friend. We will all miss u bud[This blog only cites the reader's comment and did not verify its correctness.]