Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Rock and Roll Music

Written and first recorded by Chuck Berry (US #8/R&B #6 1957).
Also recorded by The Beatles (1964).
Other hit versions by Humble Pie (US #105 1975), The Beach Boys (US #5/UK #36 1976).

From the wiki: “‘Rock and Roll Music’ was written and recorded by Rock and Roll icon Chuck Berry. The song has been widely covered and is recognized as one of Berry’s most popular and enduring compositions, and has been recorded by many well-known artists, including Bill Haley & His Comets, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, REO Speedwagon, Mental As Anything, Humble Pie, and Manic Street Preachers.

“The sessions for ‘Rock and Roll Music’ took place in May 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, produced by the Chess brothers – Leonard and Phil – and backing Chuck Berry were pianist Lafayette Leake, bassist Willie Dixon, and drummer Fred Below. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Berry’s version as #128 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is also a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll List.”

The Beatles, “Rock and Roll Music” live performance in Munich (1966):

Humble Pie, “Rock and Roll Music” (1975):

The Beach Boys, “Rock and Roll Music” (1976):

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