“Chuck Berry – Maybellene”

“Maybellene” was one of the first rock and roll songs. It 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 single and his 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. source

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