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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.

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Too Much Monkey Business

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

MasterCHESS 8111
ProducerLeonard & Phil Chess
First release on 45rpmToo Much Monkey Business b/w Brown Eyed Handsome Man (CHESS 1635, USA, 1956-09)
First release on albumAfter School Session (CHESS LP 1426, USA, 1957-05)

Audience dubbed

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


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

live 1963 Walled Lake, Friday Set 1

Chuck Berryvocal, guitar
Joe Hunterpiano
Henry "Hank" Cosbytenor saxophone
Thomas "Beans" Bowlesbaritone saxophone
James Jamersonbass
William "Benny" Benjamin (Papa Zita)drums

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


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

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


29. 3. 1972 (BBC TV)

live 1972 BBC

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

ProducerStanley Dorfman for BBC Television
First release on albumSaturday Rock - Live at the BBC '72 (Rough 40148, 2018-03)
Other notable releaseLive at the BBC (ZitRock ZR-DVD-CHB-16-03, US, 2016)


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

live 1977 Hamburg

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

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


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

live 1982 Hollywood

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

First release on albumLive (Columbia River VMK-1154, UK, 1997)


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
Bobby Keystenor saxophone
Joey Spampinatobass
Steve Jordandrums

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

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


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