The Chuck Berry Database
Details For Song: Roll Over Beethoven

The Chuck Berry Database contains the most accurate and up to date information about the recordings of Chuck Berry.

Fred Rothwell: Long Distance Information Morten Reff: Chuck Berry International Directory Vol. 1 The database is an international joint work by Fred Rothwell, England, author of "Long Distance information - Chuck Berry's Recorded Legacy", Morten Reff, Norway, author of "The Chuck Berry International Directory", and Dietmar Rudolph, Germany, author of "A Collector's Guide to the Music of Chuck Berry" featuring collaboration from Thierry Chanu, France, Arne Wolfswinkel, the Netherlands, and Claude Schlouch, France, with help from record collectors world-wide.

Using this database you can find out which songs Chuck Berry recorded during his musical career, when he recorded the often multiple versions of a song, and who helped him.

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Chuck Berry Song Details

Roll Over Beethoven

words and music byChuck Berry

19. 4. 1956 (CHESS Records)

CHESS Recording

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Johnnie C. Johnsonpiano
Leroy C. Davistenor saxophone
Vincent Pittstrumpet
Willie Dixondouble bass
Melvin Billupsdrums

Length2:21
MasterCHESS 8110
ProducerLeonard & Phil Chess
First release on 45rpmRoll Over Beethoven b/w Drifting Heart (CHESS 1626, USA, 1956-05)
First release on albumRock Rock Rock (CHESS 1425, USA, 1956-12)

Audience dubbed

-audience (overdub)
Length2:22
First release on albumThe Chuck Berry Collection (DEJA VU DVLP 2068, I, 1986)

 

Broadcast: 28. 8. 1956 (CBS Radio)

live 1956 New York

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Ernest W. "Ernie" Hayespiano (poss.)
Sam "The Man" Taylortenor saxophone
Albert "Big Al" Searstenor saxophone
Haywood Henrybaritone saxophone
Llyod Trotmanbass (poss.)
David "Panama" Francisdrums (poss.)
Alan Freedmaster of ceremonies

Length3:11
First release on albumRock 'n' Roll Radio (Radiola MR-1087, USA, 1978-08)
Other notable releaseRock And Roll Dance Party (AFRTS, USA, 1956)

edited

Length2:44
First release on albumAlive and Rockin' (Stack-O-Hits AG 9019, USA, 1983-05)

 

21. 9. 1966 (Mercury Records)

Mercury Recording

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

Length2:02
MasterMercury YWI-38885
ProducerChuck Berry
First release on 45rpmMaybelline b/w Roll Over Beethoven (Philco-Ford HP-34, USA, 1967)
First release on albumChuck Berry's Golden Hits (Mercury 21103, USA, 1967-03)

shortened

Length1:45
First release on albumOn Stage (On Stage OS 007, EEC, 1991)

Audience dubbed

-audience (overdub)
Length2:02
First release on albumRock 'n' Roll ! (Fontana SFL 13120, UK, 1969)

DJ dubbed

Robin SeymourDJ talk (overdub)
Length2:00
First release on albumCruisin' 1956 (Increase INCM 2001, USA, 1970-06)

 

18. 3. 1967 (Bill Graham archive)

live 18 Mar. 1967 San Francisco

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

Length1:37
First release on albumCheck Me Out! (Crying Steel CSR02, EU, 2014)

 

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

live 1972 Coventry

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Owen McIntyreguitar
Dave Kafinettipiano
Nic Potterbass
Robbie McIntoshdrums

Length2:30
First release on albumRock And Roll Music (Bear Family BCD 17273 PL, D, 2014-10)

 

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

Length3:47
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

Length1:12
First release on albumCheck Me Out! (Crying Steel CSR02, EU, 2014)

 

21. 5. 1977 (Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany)

live 1977 Hamburg

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Sandy Fordguitar
Nigel "Niggsy" Owenguitar
Jacko Buddinpiano
Pete Pritchardbass
Terry Earldrums

Length5:30
First release on albumChuck Berry's Rock'n'Roll Party with The Flying Saucers (Driving Wheel C 7788, EU, 1988)

 

late 1977 (Paramount movie "American Hot Wax")

live 1977 Los Angeles

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Ira Newbornguitar
Paul Griffinpiano
Anthony Browntenor saxophone
Buddy Collettetenor saxophone
Steve Douglastenor saxophone
Don Menzatenor saxophone
Jock Ellistrombone
Al Aaronstrumpet
Gary Baronetrumpet
Wolfgang Melzbass
Don Poncherdrums

Length1:56
ProducerJoe Ferla
First release on albumAmerican Hot Wax (A&M SP-6500, USA, 1978-02)
Other notable releaseAmerican Hot Wax (Paramount Pictures, USA, 1978-03-17)

 

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.)

Length3:17
ProducerNorman J. Pattiz
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

Length3:21
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

Length4:07
Other notable releaseTokyo 1981-04-29 YouTube

 

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

live 1982 New York

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

Length3:44
ProducerThe Vinyl Rat
First release on albumLet It Rock ! (Let It Rock ! (Bootleg), EU, 1986)

 

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

live 1982 Hollywood

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

Length3:22
First release on albumOriginal Legend Versions (Mandarim MR-03978, IE, 1996)

 

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

live 1983 Peterborough

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Billy Peekguitar
Jim Marsalabass
unknowndrums

Length3:28
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
Ellis "Lafayette" Leakepiano
Thomas "Tiaz" Palmerbass
Casey Jonesdrums

Length2:43
Other sourceChicago Blues Fest 1986 (audience tape)

 

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

live 1986 Fox Theatre Show 1

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Keith Richardsguitar
Johnnie C. Johnsonpiano
Chuck Leavellkeyboards
Joey Spampinatobass
Steve Jordandrums

Length2:41
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

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

Length2:57
ProducerKeith Richards
First release on albumLong Live Rock 'n' Roll - 60th Birthday Celebration (Crying Steel CSR03, 2015)
Other notable releaseConcert Vault

Movie edit

Length2:40
ProducerKeith Richards
First release on albumHail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (MCA Records MCA-6217, USA, 1987)
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

Length3:54
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
unknownguitar, piano, bass, drums

Length2:45
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

Length5:55
First release on albumNew Gigs '89 (Private Masters PM047/48/49/50)

 

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