We lost legendary musician, Chuck Berry this past weekend at the age of 90. Berry was apparently working on a new album when he died.
With so many memorable songs, it wasn’t an easy task to choose just one, but who doesn’t know “Johnny B. Goode?” It’s the semi-autobiographical tale of a guitar player down on his luck who ends up with his name in lights.
It’s also powered by the most memorable guitar intro in rock history.
Thank you for the music, Chuck Berry, undisputed father of rock and roll.
May you rest in peace.
For the remainder of the Mondays this year, I’m featuring great songs with guitar solos in them.
I love the guitar, but I’m no fan of a solo shoehorned into a song merely to showcase the virtuosity of a guitarist. A superhuman-fast solo or “shred guitar” does not impress me if it doesn’t serve the song.
With this in mind, some of the more well-known solos may not make my list, but hopefully you will discover new ones you like.
Chuck Berry’s guitar solos and showmanship became major influences on rock and roll music. Berry, who will be 89 in a little over a week, is considered a pioneer of rock and roll, and for good reason. If you want to know his influence, watch Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll and learn more about this eccentric but brilliant guitarist.
It was difficult to find a good quality video of “Johnny B. Goode,” but this one captures Chuck Berry’s energy along with the energy of the crowd. It’s a fantastic song to kick off my series.
If you have a song you’d like to include on my list, feel free to leave it in the comments. I can’t guarantee I will use it, but I’m always open to learning about what others consider as great guitar solos.
Have a wonderful week, and dance along with Chuck Berry. I did. 🙂