Ron’s Golden Oldies – Featuring – Chuck Berry & Maybellene

On Ron’s Golden Oldies this week…

Ron is featuring pioneer Rock and Roll artist Chuck Berry on the program this Thursday and specifically, “Maybellene”.

Streaming Live on  Northside Radio FM99.3 Sydney’s leading Community Radio Station.

“Rock & roll guitar starts here.”

“Maybellene” is a rock and roll song that was written and recorded in 1955 by Chuck Berry, adapted in part from the Western swing fiddle tune “Ida Red”. Berry’s song told the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance, the lyrics describing a man driving a V8 Ford and chasing his unfaithful girlfriend in her Cadillac Coupe DeVille. It was released in July 1955 as a single by Chess Records, of Chicago, Illinois. Berry’s first hit, “Maybellene” is considered a pioneering rock and roll song.

Rolling Stone magazine wrote of it, “Rock & roll guitar starts here.” The record was an early instance of the complete rock and roll package: youthful subject matter; a small, guitar-driven combo; clear diction; and an atmosphere of unrelenting excitement. The song was a major hit with all audiences, “reaching #1 on Billboard’s Rhythm and Blues chart and #5 on the Hot 100”.

It has received numerous honours and awards. Soon after its initial release, cover versions were recorded by several other artists. We lost Chuck in March 2017.

Ron will play Maybellene and more of Chuck’s hits during the show, along with many more of the early pioneers. 

Tune in this Thursday, 12 noon to 4pm right here on Northside Radio

Text your jukebox requests to Ron on 0418 246812

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