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Rock & Roll Music

Composer(s) : Chuck Berry
Year : 1957
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Chords/Tabs: Rock & Roll Music

Rock and Roll Music

KEY A Major



	 ------ 4X ------
Intro -> Refrain -> Verse -> Outro (complete ending)

COMPOSER Chuck Berry


- Within this batch of six covers, this was clearly the "longest running" number, still hanging in there at the bitter end of their touring days. Along with "Twist and Shout", it is one of a very small number of *non* original songs which might be described nonetheless as one of the group's emblematic "anthems". Curiously though, this particular Chuck song appears to have not been on the playlist of the Quarrymen era in spite of the fact that they were already playing back then the likes of "Roll Over Beethoven", "Johnny B. Goode", and "Sweet Little Sixteen".

- While the harmonic material of this song is limited entirely to the familiar I-IV-V of the blues, the formal schema used in both refrain and verse are more flexible here than the rigid 12-bar formula we're so used to finding in Berry's other songs. The refrain comes close to the 8+4 sub-species of the 12-bar form, though a petit-reprise-like repetition of the final half-phrase ("if you wanna dance with me") rounds the section out to an unusual fourteen measures. The verse is only eight measures long and harmonically opens *and* closes on the V chord.

- The Beatles version follows the formal outline of the original, but both the arrangement and John's vocal peformance suggest a harder- driven interpretation of the song rather than a stylized impersonation. Once having gotten used to the Beatles version as the default, I find myself a bit "surprised" to rediscover how much more melodic and layed back the original sounds in comparison.

- Beyond this, the two versions differ in a matter of some details. For example, Chuck played it in the lower key of E (or is it E-flat -- the CD re-issue from MCA is mastered at what sounds like off-speed), and there is some variation in the scanning of the words (e.g. "*PI*an*O* versus "pi*AN*o"). Note too how Chuck cues himself with a I chord at the beginning, whereas the Beatles sensibly change this to V.

Ook op Beatles for Sale:

ChordsNotes On
No Reply No Reply
I'm a Loser I'm a Loser
Baby's in Black Baby's in Black
Rock & Roll Music Rock & Roll Music
I'll Follow the Sun I'll Follow the Sun
Mr. Moonlight Mr. Moonlight
Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley] Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
Eight Days a Week Eight Days a Week
Words of Love Words of Love
Honey Don't Honey Don't
Every Little Thing Every Little Thing
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
What You're Doing What You're Doing
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby

Ook op Live At The BBC:

ChordsNotes On
Beatle Greetings (speech) 
From Us To You 
Riding On A Bus (speech) 
I Got A Woman 
Too Much Monkey Business 
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby 
I'll Be On My Way 
Young Blood 
A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues 
Sure To Fall 
Some Other Guy 
Thank You Girl Thank You Girl
Sha La La La La! (speech) 
Baby It's You Baby It's You
That's All Right (mama) 
Soldier Of Love 
A Little Rhyme (speech) 
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (over You) 
Crying, Waiting, Hoping 
Dear Wack! (speech) 
You've Really Got a Hold on Me You've Really Got a Hold on Me
To Know Her Is To Love Her 
A Taste of Honey A Taste of Honey
Long Tall Sally Long Tall Sally
I Saw Her Standing There I Saw Her Standing There
The Honeymoon Song 
Johnny B. Goode 
Memphis, Tennessee 
Can't Buy Me Love Can't Buy Me Love
From Fluff To You (speech) 
Till There Was You Till There Was You
Crinsk Dee Night 
A Hard Day's Night A Hard Day's Night
Have A Banana! 
I Wanna Be Your Man I Wanna Be Your Man
Just A Rumour 
Roll over Beethoven Roll over Beethoven
All My Loving All My Loving
Things We Said Today Things We Said Today
She's a Woman She's a Woman
Sweet Little Sixteen 
Lonesome Tears In My Eyes 
Nothin' Shakin' 
The Hippy Hippy Shake 
Glad All Over 
I Just Don't Understand 
So How Come (no One Loves Me) 
I Feel Fine I Feel Fine
I'm a Loser I'm a Loser
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
Rock & Roll Music Rock & Roll Music
Ticket to Ride Ticket to Ride
Dizzy Miss Lizzy Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley] Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
Set Fire To That Lot! 
Matchbox Matchbox
I Forgot To Remember To Forget 
Love These Goon Shows! 
I Got To Find My Baby 
Ooh! My Soul 
Ooh! My Arms 
Don't Ever Change 
Slow Down Slow Down
Honey Don't Honey Don't
Love Me Do Love Me Do

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