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19 songs that would never have existed if it wasn't for Chuck Berry

Ever listened to a song and thought it had Chuck Berry’s name all over it even though it wasn’t one of his? There are a lot of them about...

The Beach Boys - Surfin’ USA (1963)

“I thought to myself,” Brian Wilson reflected, “what about trying to put surf lyrics to Sweet Little Sixteen’s melody?” Despite this brazen cut-and-shut, 1963’s Surfin’ USA was credited to Wilson alone when it hit No.3 in the US – although the bean-counting Berry had his name in the brackets three years later.

Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965)

A highlight of 1965’s Bringing It All Back Home, the locomotive rhythm and shot-from-the-hip lyric had roots in Berry’s street-sussed sides from a decade earlier. Dylan didn’t deny the influence: “It was from Chuck Berry – a bit of Too Much Monkey Business – and some of the scat songs of the forties.”


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