Maybellene (2:35)

Cover of Chuck Berry Is On Top

From Chuck Berry Is On Top and 496 other releases

“Maybellene” is a song by Chuck Berry that tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. It was released in July 1955 as a single on Chess Records of Chicago, Illinois. It was Berry’s first single release, and his first hit. “Maybellene” is considered one of the pioneering rock and roll singles: Rolling Stone magazine said, “Rock & roll guitar starts here.” The record is an early instance of the complete rock and roll package: youthful subject matter, small guitar-driven combo, clear diction, and an atmosphere of unrelenting excitement.

In 1955, the song, a 12-bar blues, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard rock charts, and was a #1 R&B hit. Chuck was the first African American to reach the top ten on the Billboard list with a rock and roll single. In 2004, “Maybellene” was ranked number 18 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

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  • MatheuusSam

    Maybelline, why can't you be true?

    9 Apr 4:45pm Reply
  • B-AIRLINE

    DUCKWALK, THAT'S ALL I CAN SAY. NOBODY CAN DO BETTER

    9 Apr 12:51pm Reply
  • catgus

    Although,personally I'd rather listen to the original recording,this black and white video is Fabulous! This is how I want to see Chuck,NOT jamming with Keith Richards etc. Maybelline was not released in the UK at the time,but somehow,in1956,I acquired a Chess EP with it on....so,you could have a fast jive to Maybelline,followed by a slow,sexy smooch to Wee Wee Hours!....Happy Days!

    23 Mar 11:44am Reply
  • Masakist

    Supercalafrjalisticalidoshous.

    10 Feb 12:32am Reply
  • sternenfee0

    ✸✸✸super✸✸✸

    31 Jan 4:57pm Reply
  • RAYMOND7654321

    Everybody standing around in the parking lot of the hamburger hangout on Long Beach Island playing air guitar and trying to duck walk.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Up towards the quick paced end of the dancin' naked spectrum......and actual, real rock 'n' roll!

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • smooth6

    Such a cool dude even in his later years. Saw him live in Tokyo. That memory will be with me always.

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • raveonrichmond

    Creator of RnR guitar!

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Bolters

    Love this and him!!!!

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • greenvillepa

    .

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • spasticaxe

    cool old song....

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • oldyfan56

    >>>great<<<<1+

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • stevenpercy

    The Cole Porter of Rock N Roll!

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • luciferdemonio

    so sad i cant go see chuck on tour :(

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • peddlerbear

    Saw this ole pervert at the Stone in Berkeley in 1982. The Best@

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • jinglynnbabee

    that duckwalk...! <3 Chuck

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Get up and try and do a duckwalk.. Try it!

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • davy1badass

    LOVE IT

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • abunono

    Lost and forgotten be,darker than the darkness

    11 May 2012 Reply
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