On this day in 1963, at London’s Olympic Studios, the Rolling Stones recorded what would be their first single. As was common for aspiring British bands at the time, it was a Chuck Berry number. Anyone know which one?
The Rolling Stones also covered ‘Beautiful Delilah’, as, I’m sure you know only too well, did a certain Cambridge band called Jokers Wild.
Which are your favourite Chuck Berry songs, as covered by other acts? This page from Chuck Berry’s official website might help.
When I got to thinking about it, although it shouldn’t have taken much thought nor come as a surprise, there are several notable cover versions of the same songs. So, let me know which you like best; I’ve included some links for you.
Today is also Donovan’s birthday, another artist whose songs have been covered habitually and the ‘Cosmic King of the Sixties’, as he has been labelled. Perhaps you can play some of his gentle, airy tunes in honour of one of the finest, most naturally-talented poets and influential composers I can think of. This is one of my favourites, although ‘Mellow Yellow’ somehow seems so appropriate today, and has done since the early hours of Friday morning. Funny, that.