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Johnny B. Goode
The song is the rock and roll version of the American dream - a poor country boy from the backwoods has dreams of becoming a star by hard work and his skill at playing the guitar. Although partly based on Berry himself, the inspiration for the song is said to have been Johnnie Johnson who played the piano and composed several songs with Berry. On earlier, not released takes Chuck sang 'colored boy' for 'country boy', but the Chess-brothers decided that that would not sell.
This song has been covered by many artists including:
- The Beatles
- Elton John
- Elvis Presley
- Grateful Dead
- George Thorogood
- Jimi Hendrix
- John Denver
- Johnny Winter
- Judas Priest
- Peter Tosh
- Sex Pistols
Berry's recording of the song was included on the Voyager Golden Record, attached to the Voyager Program spacecraft.
Berry later wrote a sequel called "Bye Bye Johnny".
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