Chuck Berry - Chuck Berry
1 CD(s) - '50s - Label: Members Edition - Distributor: Synergie Logistics - Released: 01/1998 - 5021364300228
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I think we're looking at the New Year now! Have a great Christmas, all.
When I was tiny my hero was my grandfather, Billy, a diminutive Welshman with more than a spattering of black and Arabic blood. "I'm a product of Swansea port, fach," he used to tell me. Billy's twin passions were music and vegetable growing and his hero was that whippet-lean, guitar-toting Chuck Berry. And funnily, in summer, skin darkened after days out in his allotment, Billy looked rather like him with that thin, smiling face and those eyes that twinkled irresistibly. I sure did love Billy and I sure did love the parties that Billy attended because his love of life, of music, of dancing, of good friends and a good time always infected everyone. Billy's anthem was Johnny B. Goode and, in honour of him, that's the song I'd like to tell you about.
So that's the story of Johnny B. Goode. For me, inside that story is also Billy's story. Music is one of the most emotive things there is and often its effect on a person is ineffable, unable to be described. Johnny B. Goode brings Billy back to me whenever I hear it and that's why I love it. Billy loved it because he loved passion in music and because the story was partly his own. Just as the Johnny Chuck Berry sang of was a poor country boy, so was Billy, just as Johnny suffered discrimination, so did Billy when he moved to London from Wales seeking work during the thirties. Like Chuck Berry too, Billy was never a man to be downcast though and his endless enthusiasm for life echoes the forceful, boundless optimism we hear in Johnny B. Goode. Billy was never a rich man, and he never owned an electric guitar much as he'd have loved one. I do, though, and one day I'm going to learn to play that Johnny B. Goode riff behind my head, just like Chuck Berry did. And when I do, I'll think of Billy.Poor John Entwhistle. I hope he's making music somewhere right now, and I hope he's happy doing it. It'd be nice also to think that Billy's in the audience.
[The preceding opinion was written as my entry for the 29th_Candidate's "Dinosaur Rock-Off;" a tribute to the memory of rock legend, John Entwistle, recently departed bass player of The Who, and a true artist in every sense of the word. And I hope its theme found its way through to you.]
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Manufacturer's product description1 CD(s) - '50s - Label: Members Edition - Distributor: Synergie Logistics - Released: 01/1998 - 5021364300228
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