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Chuck Berry Song Details

Johnny B. Goode

words and music byChuck Berry
also known asGo, Johnny Go!

6. 1. 1958 (CHESS Records)

CHESS Recording, take 1

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Johnnie C. Johnsonpiano
Willie Dixondouble bass
Jasper Thomasdrums

Length2:35
First release on albumRock'n'Roll Rarities (CHESS CH2-92521, USA, 1986-03)

 

6. 1. 1958 (CHESS Records)

CHESS Recording, take 2

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Johnnie C. Johnsonpiano
Willie Dixondouble bass
Jasper Thomasdrums

Length0:40
First release on albumRock'n'Roll Rarities (CHESS CH2-92521, USA, 1986-03)

 

6. 1. 1958 (CHESS Records)

CHESS Recording, original release, take 3

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Johnnie C. Johnsonpiano
Willie Dixondouble bass
Jasper Thomasdrums

without overdub

Length2:42
First release on albumJohnny B. Goode (Hip-O Select B0009473-02, USA, 2008-01)

hit version

Chuck Berry2nd guitar (overdub)
Length2:36
MasterCHESS 8633
ProducerLeonard & Phil Chess
First release on 45rpmJohnny B. Goode b/w Around and Around (CHESS 1691, USA, 1958-03)
First release on albumChuck Berry Is On Top (CHESS 1435, USA, 1959-07)

orchestra overdub

Other notable releaseGo, Johnny, Go! (Hal Roach, USA, 1959)

 

5. 7. 1958 (Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA)

live 1958 Newport

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Kenny Burrellguitar
Ray Bryantpiano
George "Buddy" Tatetenor saxophone
George Auldalto saxophone
Jack Teagardentrombone
Buck Claytontrumpet
Elman "Rudy" Rutherfordclarinet
Tommy Bryantdouble bass
Jo Jonesdrums

Length3:08
First release on albumBlues In The Night, No. 1 (Phontastic PHONT NCD-8815, SW, 1992)

 

25. 10. 1963 Set 1 (The Walled Lake Casino, Walled Lake, Michigan, USA)

live 1963 Walled Lake, Friday Set 1 Beginning

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
unknownpiano, saxes, bass, drums
Berry Gordy All Starsband

Length2:55
First release on albumRock And Roll Music (Bear Family BCD 17273 PL, D, 2014-10)

 

25. 10. 1963 Set 1 (The Walled Lake Casino, Walled Lake, Michigan, USA)

live 1963 Walled Lake, Friday Set 1 End

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
unknownpiano, saxes, bass, drums
Berry Gordy All Starsband

Length4:47
First release on albumRock And Roll Music (Bear Family BCD 17273 PL, D, 2014-10)

 

25. 10. 1963 Set 2 (The Walled Lake Casino, Walled Lake, Michigan, USA)

live 1963 Walled Lake, Friday Set 2

as part of the medley

Medley: Goodnight Sweetheart/Johnny B Goode/Let It Rock/Rock & Roll Music

  1. Goodnight, Well It's Time To Go | Bonsoir Cherie | It's Time To Go
    (Chuck Berry)
  2. Johnny B. Goode | Go, Johnny Go!
    (Chuck Berry)
  3. Let It Rock | Rockin' On The Railroad
    (E. Anderson (Chuck Berry))
  4. Rock And Roll Music
    (Chuck Berry)
Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
unknownpiano, saxes, bass, drums
Berry Gordy All Starsband

Length6:31
First release on albumRock And Roll Music (Bear Family BCD 17273 PL, D, 2014-10)

 

26. 10. 1963 Set 1 (The Walled Lake Casino, Walled Lake, Michigan, USA)

live 1963 Walled Lake, Saturday Set 1

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
unknownpiano, saxes, bass, drums
Berry Gordy All Starsband

Length8:02
First release on albumYou Never Can Tell (Hip-O Select B0012465-02, USA, 2009-02)

 

26. 10. 1963 Set 2 (The Walled Lake Casino, Walled Lake, Michigan, USA)

live 1963 Walled Lake, Saturday Set 2

as part of the medley

Medley: Goodnight Sweetheart/Johnny B Goode/Let It Rock/School Day

  1. Goodnight, Well It's Time To Go | Bonsoir Cherie | It's Time To Go
    (Chuck Berry)
  2. Johnny B. Goode | Go, Johnny Go!
    (Chuck Berry)
  3. Let It Rock | Rockin' On The Railroad
    (E. Anderson (Chuck Berry))
  4. School Day | Hail, Hail, Rock'n'Roll | Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell | School Days
    (Chuck Berry)
Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
unknownpiano, saxes, bass, drums
Berry Gordy All Starsband

Length10:56
First release on albumYou Never Can Tell (Hip-O Select B0012465-02, USA, 2009-02)

 

11. 5. 1964 (BBC Radio)

live 1964 BBC

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
John Franklandguitar
Ted "Kingsize" Taylorguitar
John Hawkenpiano
Howie Caseytenor saxophone
Dave Woodtenor saxophone
Bobby Thompsonbass
Gibson Kempdrums

Length2:50
First release on albumKingsize Taylor & The Dominoes - Liverpool's First Rock'n'Roll Band (Merseyside's Greatest MG BOX 801005-8, D, 1990)

 

1. 2. 1965 (BBC Radio)

live 1965 BBC

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Geoff Krivetguitar
Bob Scrivenspiano
Louis Cannamobass
Brian David "Chick" Kattenhorndrums

Length2:56
Other sourceTop Gear 1965 (audience tape)

 

21. 9. 1966 (Mercury Records)

Mercury Recording

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Quincy Maconguitar
Johnnie C. Johnsonelectric piano
Carey Enlowtenor saxophone
Forrest Friersonbass
Ebbie Hardydrums
unknowntambourine

Length2:45
MasterMercury YWI-38883
ProducerChuck Berry
First release on 45rpmJohnny B. Goode b/w Rock & Roll Music (Mercury C-30146, USA, 1972)
First release on albumChuck Berry's Golden Hits (Mercury 21103, USA, 1967-03)

shortened

Length2:39
First release on albumOn Stage (On Stage OS 007, EEC, 1991)

 

18. 3. 1967 (Bill Graham archive)

live 18 Mar. 1967 San Francisco

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Steve Millerguitar
Jim Petermankeyboards
Lonnie Turnerbass
Tim Davisdrums

Length6:07
First release on albumCheck Me Out! (Crying Steel CSR02, EU, 2014)

 

29. 6. 1967 (Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA)

live 29 June 1967 San Francisco

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Steve Millerguitar
James "Curly" Cookeguitar
Jim Petermanorgan
Lonnie Turnerbass
Tim Davisdrums
Bill Grahamtalk

shortened

Length1:18
MasterMercury YWI-35687
ProducerAbe Kesh
First release on albumChuck Berry Live at Fillmore Auditorium (Mercury 21138, USA, 1967-11)

CD remix

Length3:14
EngineerDennis Drake
First release on albumLive at Fillmore Auditorium (Mercury 836 072-2, USA, 1989-06)

 

29. 12. 1967 (Bill Graham archive)

live 29 Dec. 1967 San Francisco, 1

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
James "Curly" Cookeguitar
Jim Petermanorgan
Lonnie Turnerbass
Tim Davisdrums

Length2:53
First release on albumCheck Me Out! (Crying Steel CSR02, EU, 2014)

 

29. 12. 1967 (Bill Graham archive)

live 29 Dec. 1967 San Francisco, 2

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
James "Curly" Cookeguitar
Jim Petermanorgan
Lonnie Turnerbass
Tim Davisdrums

Length0:50
First release on albumCheck Me Out! (Crying Steel CSR02, EU, 2014)

 

13. 9. 1969 (Toronto Rock’n’Roll Revival, Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

live 1969 Toronto

as part of the medley

Medley: Johnny B. Goode/Carol/Promised Land

  1. Johnny B. Goode | Go, Johnny Go!
    (Chuck Berry)
  2. Carol | Oh Carol
    (Chuck Berry)
  3. Promised Land | The Promised Land
    (Chuck Berry)
Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Ron Marinelliguitar
Hughie Leggatbass
Danny Taylordrums

Length8:32
ProducerBrower/Walker Enterprises
First release on albumChuck Berry Live (Everest CBR 1007, UK, 1982)

slightly shortened

Length8:18
ProducerBrower/Walker Enterprises
First release on albumReelin' and a Rockin' (Object Enterprises OR0016, UK, 1987)

Heavily shortened

Length6:13
ProducerBrower/Walker Enterprises
First release on albumThe Greatest Hits - Live (SPOT 9283, UK, 1983)

JBG + Carol beginning

Length5:19
ProducerBrower/Walker Enterprises
First release on albumMy Dingaling (Royal Collection RC 83148, NL, 1991)

JBG only

Length5:05
ProducerBrower/Walker Enterprises
First release on albumThe Chuck Berry Collection (DEJA VU DVLP 2068, I, 1986)

Carol only

Length3:19
ProducerBrower/Walker Enterprises
First release on albumThe Chuck Berry Collection (DEJA VU DVLP 2068, I, 1986)

JBG only, DJ dubbed

Arnie GinsburgDJ talk (overdub)
Length2:22
ProducerBrower/Walker Enterprises
First release on albumCruisin' 1961 (re-issue) (Increase INCM 2006 (R), USA, 1983)

 

13. 9. 1969 (Toronto Rock’n’Roll Revival, Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

live 1969 Toronto

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Ron Marinelliguitar
Hughie Leggatbass
Danny Taylordrums

Length4:38
ProducerBrower/Walker Enterprises
First release on albumLive in Concert (Magnum MR-703, USA, 1978)

 

3. 2. 1972 (Lanchester Arts Festival, Locarno Ballroom, Coventry, UK)

live 1972 Coventry

as part of the medley

Johnny B. Goode

  1. Bye Bye Johnny
    (Chuck Berry)
  2. Johnny B. Goode | Go, Johnny Go!
    (Chuck Berry)
Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Owen McIntyreguitar
Dave Kafinettipiano
Nic Potterbass
Robbie McIntoshdrums

Length4:32
MasterCHESS CH2229
ProducerEsmond Edwards
First release on albumThe London Chuck Berry Sessions (CHESS 60020, USA, 1972-04)

Single edit

Length3:55
MasterCHESS 2029E
ProducerEsmond Edwards
First release on 45rpmMy Ding-A-Ling b/w Johnny B. Goode (CHESS 2131, USA, 1972-07)
First release on albumRock And Roll Music (Bear Family BCD 17273 PL, D, 2014-10)

Sampler edit

Length3:13
ProducerEsmond Edwards
EngineerAndy McKaie
First release on albumChuck Berry - The Chess Box (CHESS CH6-80001, USA, 1988-11)

 

16. 2. 1972 (CBS TV)

live 1972 with John Lennon

John Lennonvocal, guitar
Yoko Onovocal, bongos
Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Wayne "Tex" Gabrielguitar
Adam Ippolitopiano
Stan Bronsteintenor saxophone
Gary van Scyocbass
Richard "Rick" Frankdrums
Jerry Rubinbongos

Length3:00
First release on albumIn The 1950s (Chrome Dreams CD3CD5073, UK, 2011)
Other notable releaseJohn Lennon Telecasts (JL 517, USA, 1979)

Movie edit

Length0:15
Other notable releaseHail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll (Universal Pictures, USA, 1987-10-09)

 

24. 3. 1972 (Radio Bremen TV)

live 1972 Bremen

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Jimmy Campbellguitar
Mick Snowpiano
Billy Kinsleybass
Dave Harrisondrums

Other notable releaseThe Lost Broadcasts (Gonzo Multimedia HST056DVD, D, 2012-03)

 

29. 3. 1972 (BBC TV)

live 1972 BBC

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Jimmy Campbellguitar
Mick Snowpiano
Billy Kinsleybass
Dave Harrisondrums

Length4:33
ProducerStanley Dorfman for BBC Television
First release on albumSix Two Five (Driving Wheel LP-1001, UK, 1972)
Other notable releaseLive at the BBC (ZitRock ZR-DVD-CHB-16-03, US, 2016)

 

2. 11. 1972 (ABC TV)

live 1972 Hempstead

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
unknownguitar, piano, bass, drums

Length5:22
First release on albumCheck Me Out! (Crying Steel CSR02, EU, 2014)

 

Broadcast: 12. 10. 1973 (NBC TV)

live 1973 NBC

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Robin Gibb2nd vocal
Maurice Gibb2nd vocal
Barry Gibb2nd vocal
unknownpiano, bass, drums

Length3:53
First release on albumBee Gees: Down The Road (Drifter CD022, US, 2009)

 

19. 5. 1977 (De Zandkuil Open Air Theatre, Lochem, The Netherlands)

live 1977 Lochem

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Steve Bloomfieldguitar
Rusty Luptonpiano
Fred Pokebass
Wild Bob Burgosdrums

Length5:56
First release on albumChuck Berry Meets Matchbox (Promised Land Record PL 92 1977, D, 1994)

 

17. 1. 1981 (Wolf & Rissmiller's Country Club, Reseda, California, USA)

live 1981 Reseda

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Johnny Rivers2nd guitar
unknownpiano, drums
Jim Marsalabass
Billy Ciofe Bandband (poss.)

Length4:58
ProducerNorman J. Pattiz
Other notable releaseKBCO (radio broadcast, audience tape)
Other sourceKMET (live radio broadcast, YouTube)

 

27. 4. 1981 (Shinjuku Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan)

live 27 Apr. 1981 Tokyo

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Shigeru Narumopiano
Jim Marsalabass
Tsutomu Makidrums

Length4:05
ProducerKei Ishizaka
First release on 45rpmJohnny B. Goode b/w Roll Over Beethoven (East World PRT-1076, J, 1981)
First release on albumChuck Berry Tokyo Session (East World WTP 90072, J, 1981)

 

29. 4. 1981 (Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo, Japan)

live 29 Apr. 1981 Tokyo

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Shigeru Narumopiano
Jim Marsalabass
Tsutomu Makidrums

Length3:09
Other notable releaseTokyo 1981-04-29 YouTube

 

21. 2. 1982 (Ritz Club, New York City, NY, USA)

live 1982 New York

Ron Woodvocal, guitar
Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
unknownguitar, piano, tenor saxophone, bass, drums

Length4:09
ProducerThe Vinyl Rat
First release on albumLet It Rock ! (Let It Rock ! (Bootleg), EU, 1986)

 

7. 8. 1982 (Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan)

live 1982 Yokohama

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Rei Atsumikeyboards
Ginji Shiokawabass
Tsutomu Makidrums

Length3:14
First release on albumThe Day Of R&B (East World WTP 72403, J, 1982)

 

Summer 1982 (Roxy Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA)

live 1982 Hollywood

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Richie Zitoguitar
William Smithpiano
James Hornsaxophone
Jim Marsalabass
Willie Ornealsdrums

Length4:40
First release on albumForever Classic (MasterTone MCPS-0301, UK, 1997)

 

3. 9. 1983 (Rock'n'Roll Spectacular, Wirrina Sports Stadium, Peterborough, UK)

live 1983 Peterborough

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Billy Peekguitar
Jim Marsalabass
unknowndrums

Length2:53
ProducerNigel Molden
First release on albumLive On Stage (Magnum Force CDMF 092, UK, 1994)

 

6. 6. 1986 (3rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

live 1986 Chicago

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Matthew "Matt Guitar" Murphyguitar
Keith Richardsguitar
Ellis "Lafayette" Leakepiano
Thomas "Tiaz" Palmerbass
Casey Jonesdrums

Length5:48
Other sourceChicago Blues Fest 1986 (audience tape)

Shortened

Length5:04
First release on albumKeith Richards - Bloody Red Rooster (Bad Girl Songs CDJ3, IT, 1992)

 

16. 10. 1986 Show 1 (Universal Movie "Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll")

live 1986 Fox Theatre Show 1

Julian Lennonvocal
Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Keith Richardsguitar
Robert Crayguitar
Johnnie C. Johnsonpiano
Chuck Leavellkeyboards
Joey Spampinatobass
Steve Jordandrums

Length2:46
ProducerKeith Richards
Other sourceFox Theatre Show 1 (Audience Tape)

 

17. 10. 1986 Show 2 (Universal Movie "Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll")

live 1986 Fox Theatre Show 2

Julian Lennonvocal
Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Keith Richardsguitar
Robert Crayguitar
Johnnie C. Johnsonpiano
Chuck Leavellkeyboards
Joey Spampinatobass
Steve Jordandrums

Length2:57
First release on albumHail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (MCA Records MCA-6217, USA, 1987)
Other notable releaseConcert Vault

Movie edit

Length2:23
First release on albumHail! Hail! The King of Rock 'n' Roll (Cahn Media, USA, 2006)
Other notable releaseHail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll (Universal Pictures, USA, 1987-10-09)

 

24. 7. 1987 (Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland)

live 1987 Nyon

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Johnnie C. Johnsonpiano
George Frenchbass
Herman Jacksondrums

Length2:58
First release on albumSweet, Sweet Rock And Roll (Discourios DIS-124CD, D, 1992)

 

31. 12. 1988 (Palladium Theater, New York City, NY, USA)

live 1988 Palladium

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Ingrid G. Berry2nd vocal
unknownguitar, piano, bass, drums

Length3:05
First release on albumThe Sheik Of Chicago (Smashing Pumpkin Records PMK-1126, EU, 2016)

 

12. 8. 1989 (Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan)

live 1989 Yokohama

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
unknownguitar, piano, bass, drums

Length6:09
First release on albumNew Gigs '89 (Private Masters PM047/48/49/50)

 

2. 9. 1995 (HBO TV)

live 1995 Cleveland

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Steven Van Zandtguitar, chorus
Bruce Springsteenguitar, chorus
Nils Lofgrenguitar, chorus
Roy Bittanpiano
Danny Federicikeyboards
Clarence Clemonstenor saxophone
Garry Tallentbass
Max Weinbergdrums

Length3:14
First release on albumThe Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (Moonraker 014-19, USA, 1995)

 

14. 6. 2008 (Mabee Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)

live 2008 Tulsa

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Ricky Paulguitar
David Doverguitar
Rick Morrowpiano
Dave Russelltenor saxophone
Chip Andersonbass
Rick Heckdrums

Length3:39
First release on albumDover Soul (Thunder Records, USA, 2010)

 

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