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Details For Song: Sweet Little Sixteen

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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.

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Chuck Berry Song Details

Sweet Little Sixteen

words and music byChuck Berry
also known asSurfin' USA

29./30. 12. 1957 (CHESS Records)

CHESS Recording, take 1 or demo

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

Length3:15
First release on albumAmerica's Hottest Wax (Reelin' 001, EU, 1979)

without false start

Length3:12
First release on albumJohnny B. Goode (Hip-O Select B0009473-02, USA, 2008-01)

Slightly shortened

Length3:09
First release on albumThe Giants of Rock 'n Roll (K-tel TG 1367, EU, 1982)

Audience dubbed

-audience (overdub)
Length3:09
First release on albumAlive and Rockin' (Stack-O-Hits AG 9019, USA, 1983-05)

 

29./30. 12. 1957 (CHESS Records)

CHESS Recording, take 3

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

Length3:07
First release on albumJohnny B. Goode (Hip-O Select B0009473-02, USA, 2008-01)

 

29./30. 12. 1957 (CHESS Records)

CHESS Recording, take 11

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

Original less false start

Length3:07
First release on albumJohnny B. Goode (Hip-O Select B0009473-02, USA, 2008-01)

 

29./30. 12. 1957 (CHESS Records)

CHESS Recording, take 11/13 mix

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

Length3:09
First release on albumRock'n'Roll Rarities (CHESS CH2-92521, USA, 1986-03)

 

29./30. 12. 1957 (CHESS Records)

CHESS Recording, original release, take 14

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

Length3:09
First release on albumChuck Berry - The Chess Box (CHESS CH6-80001, USA, 1988-11)

hit version

Length2:59
MasterCHESS 8627
ProducerLeonard & Phil Chess
First release on 45rpmSweet Little Sixteen b/w Reelin' and Rockin' (CHESS 1683, USA, 1958-01)
First release on albumOne Dozen Berrys (CHESS 1432, USA, 1958-03)

Audience dubbed

+audience (overdub)
Length3:06
MasterCHESS 12551
ProducerLeonard & Phil Chess
First release on 45rpmMemphis, Tennessee b/w Sweet Little Sixteen (CHESS 1866, USA, 1963-08)
First release on albumChuck Berry On Stage (CHESS 1480, USA, 1963-08)

Audience & Intro

Chuck Berrytalk (overdub)
-audience (overdub)
Length2:57
First release on albumChuck Berry A L'Olympia (Barclay 80258S, F, 1965-05)

 

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

Length4:11
First release on albumBlues In The Night, No. 1 (Phontastic PHONT NCD-8815, SW, 1992)
Other notable releaseJazz on A Summer's Day (Galaxy/Raven, USA, 1960)

 

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

live 1963 Walled Lake, Friday Set 1

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

Length3:30
First release on albumRock And Roll Music (Bear Family BCD 17273 PL, D, 2014-10)

 

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

live 1963 Walled Lake, Saturday Set 2

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

Length4:28
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

Length2:45
First release on albumRock And Roll Music (Bear Family BCD 17273 PL, D, 2014-10)

shortened

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

 

21. 9. 1966 (Mercury Records)

Mercury Recording

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

Length2:12
MasterMercury YWI-38882
ProducerChuck Berry
First release on 45rpmSweet Little Sixteen b/w Maybellene (Mercury C-30143, USA, 1972)
First release on albumChuck Berry's Golden Hits (Mercury 21103, USA, 1967-03)

Audience dubbed

-audience (overdub)
Length2:12
First release on albumRock 'n' Roll ! (Fontana SFL 13120, UK, 1969)

Audience added to end

+audience (overdub)
Length2:16
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

Length3:04
First release on albumCheck Me Out! (Crying Steel CSR02, EU, 2014)

 

26. 12. 1967 (Bill Graham archive)

live 26 Dec. 1967 San Francisco

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

Length2:37
First release on albumCheck Me Out! (Crying Steel CSR02, EU, 2014)

 

29. 12. 1967 (Bill Graham archive)

live 29 Dec. 1967 San Francisco

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

Length3:15
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

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Ron Marinelliguitar
Hughie Leggatbass
Danny Taylordrums

Length2:50
ProducerBrower/Walker Enterprises
First release on albumChuck Berry Live (Everest CBR 1007, UK, 1982)

Faded in and out

Length2:44
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

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

Length3:52
First release on albumHave Mercy (Hip-O Select B0013790-02, USA, 2010-02)

 

29. 3. 1972 (BBC TV)

live 1972 BBC

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

Length2:26
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)

 

5. 8. 1972 (Empire Stadium, London, UK)

live 1972 Wembley

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Terry Clemsonguitar
John Earlsaxophone
Jimmy Wallsbass
Les Warrendrums

Length2:04
First release on albumThe London Rock And Roll Show (TKO Magnum Force CDMF-105, UK, 2001)

 

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

Length3:03
First release on albumChuck Berry Meets Matchbox (Promised Land Record PL 92 1977, D, 1994)

 

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

live 1977 Hamburg

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

Length3:40
First release on albumChuck Berry's Rock'n'Roll Party with The Flying Saucers (Driving Wheel C 7788, EU, 1988)

 

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.)

Length2:02
ProducerNorman J. Pattiz
First release on albumThe Sheik Of Chicago (Smashing Pumpkin Records PMK-1126, EU, 2016)
Other notable releaseIn Concert (Westwood One 81-1, USA, 1981-04-19)
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

Length3:03
ProducerKei Ishizaka
First release on albumChuck Berry Tokyo Session (East World WTP 90072, J, 1981)

 

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

live 1982 New York

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

Length3:06
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

Length3:14
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

Length2:40
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

Length2:42
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

Length2:31
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)
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
Keith Richardsguitar
Johnnie C. Johnsonpiano
Chuck Leavellkeyboards
Joey Spampinatobass
Steve Jordandrums

Length2:34
First release on albumLong Live Rock 'n' Roll - 60th Birthday Celebration (Crying Steel CSR03, 2015)
Other notable releaseConcert Vault

 

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

live 1987 Nyon

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

Length2:53
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

Length3:18
First release on albumThe Sheik Of Chicago (Smashing Pumpkin Records PMK-1126, EU, 2016)

 

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