Chuck Berry Was Rock’S Heartbeat


I always try my best to have available a wide range of music at each event I DJ.

In addition to each week adding the most current country, hip hop, rock, pop, jazz and adult contemporary songs to my music library, I take the time to add more “Oldies but Goodies” tunes to my 46,000 song collection.

One of the past music genres I really enjoy researching and adding to my library is the rock ’n’ roll ’50s, generally considered to be the period from 1954-1959. Last week, I had a blast adding nearly 200 seldom heard, but not forgotten, songs by singer/songwriter/ guitarist, Chuck Berry.

Of all the early breakthrough rock ’n’ roll artists, none is considered more important to the development of the music than Berry. He was rock ’n’ roll’s greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers.

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys once said, “Berry wrote all of the great songs and came up with all the rock ’n’ roll beats. Without him, there would be no standard ‘Chuck Berry guitar intro,’ the instrument’s clarion call to get the joint rockin’ in any setting.”

Elvis may have fueled rock ’n’ roll’s imagery, but Chuck Berry was its heartbeat and original mindset.

Berry’s lyrics focused on teen life and consumerism and utilized guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.

With songs such as “Maybellene“ (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock ’n’ roll distinctive.

This week’s music trivia question is: In Chuck Berry’s arguably most popular hit, “Johnny B. Goode,” in what did Johnny carry his guitar?

Did he carry it in A) his father’s old guitar case, B) his school bag, C) a gunny sack, or D) his HP laptop case?

This week, if you’re caller number seven and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of 21 of Chuck Berry’s top hits.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s trivia question, which was: Can you name the country singer who recorded the catchy 1966 tune, “Dirty Old Egg Suckin’ Dog?”

Three of this artist’s most popular hits were “I Walk the Line” (1956), “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” (1958) and “Ring of Fire” (1963).

Was this singer: A) Hank Snow, B) Johnny Cash, C) Lefty Frizzell, or D) Bob “Bow Wow” Barker?

The correct answer was Johnny Cash. It’s hard to believe that seven years has already passed since Johnny died of diabetes in September of 2003.

Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Agnes Cowell (“No relation to Simon,” Agnes said), who won a $20 gift certificate to Payson Feed & Pet Supply, courtesy of owners, Vic and Connie Agnes.

Agnes was born and raised near Sioux City, Iowa. When she was in junior high school, working as a an usherette for the local Sioux City minor league baseball team, she met a cute little ball-shagger named Dan, also a junior high student.

The two “stadium rats” shared many ballpark franks over the next couple of years, then became high school sweethearts. Following graduation, Agnes and Dan soon wed and moved to Phoenix. After five children and 58 years of matrimony, they are still best friends.

In 1990, Agnes and Dan moved to Payson to be closer to one of their sons and enjoy the quiet life of the Rim Country.

Agnes enjoys reading and dining with Dan at the Beeline Cafe, where they have been loyal and frequent patrons since they moved to the area 20 years ago. She also enjoys listening to classic country music and puts Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson and Johnny Cash atop her favorite artists list.

Have a great week!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

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