March 31, 1958

March31Today in 1958, Chuck Berry’s rock-n-roll classic, ‘Johnny B. Goode’, was released.

The song entered the U.S. charts six weeks later and peaked at No. 8. Berry later admitted that the song was partly autobiographical, having originally referenced a “coloured boy” in the lyrics. Berry later changed that to “country boy” to ensure radio play.

‘Johnny B. Goode’ has since been covered by many, many artists, including AC/DC, Aerosmith, Bad Religion, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Carpenters, Celine Dion, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Judas Priest, B.B. King, LL Cool J, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, NOFX, Operation Ivy, Phish, Elvis Presley, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana, Sex Pistols and The Who, among many others.

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