Let It Rock (Chuck Berry song)

"Let It Rock" is a song written and recorded by rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry. Chess Records released it as single, which reached number 64 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1960.[3] Chess later added it to Berry's album Rockin' at the Hops (1960).[4] In 1963, Pye Records released it as a single in the UK, where it reached number six.

"Let It Rock"
Single by Chuck Berry
from the album Rockin' at the Hops
B-side"Too Pooped to Pop"[1]
Released1960
RecordedChicago, July 1959
GenreRock and roll
Length2:28
LabelChess
Songwriter(s)Chuck Berry[2]
Producer(s)Leonard Chess, Phil Chess

"Let It Rock" was recorded by Berry on guitar and vocal, with long-time backing musicians Johnnie Johnson on piano, Willie Dixon on double bass, and Fred Below on drums.[4]

In a song review for AllMusic, critic Matthew Greenwald called it a "rock & roll masterpiece ... Utilizing the same geographic images as 'Roll Over Beethoven' and 'Johnny B Goode,' (among others), Chuck Berry creates an atmosphere that is definitive rock & roll poetry".[5]

The Rolling StonesEdit

A live version of "Let It Rock" was recorded by the Rolling Stones during a performance in Leeds, England, in 1971. Described by critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as "cooking" and "fiery", the song was included as the B-side of "Brown Sugar" in the UK in 1971 and later on the compilations Rarities 1971–2003 (2005) and The Singles 1971–2006 (2011).[6][7] "Let It Rock" also opens the concert video The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas '78 (2011).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Too Pooped to Pop" was subtitled "Casey" (in quotes) on the original single.
  2. ^ The original Chess single listed the songwriter as "E. Anderson"; Berry's full name was "Charles Edward Anderson Berry".
  3. ^ "Chart History: Chuck Berry Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  4. ^ a b Altman, Billy (1998). Chuck Berry: The Chess Box (Box set booklet). Chuck Berry. Universal City, California: Chess Records/MCA Records. pp. 26, 30. CHD3-80.001.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  5. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. "Chuck Berry: 'Let It Rock' – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved April 25, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Rolling Stones: Rarities 1971–2003 – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved April 27, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  7. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Rolling Stones: The Singles: 1971–2006 – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved April 27, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)