Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Judas Priest - Johnny B. Goode

Johnny B. Goode is a real classic Rock 'n Roll tune, written by Berry in 1955, Tune Of The Day will now take a deep dive in this tune and give you readers some nice version of this classic.

The song is about a poor country boy who plays a guitar "just like ringing a bell", and who might one day have his "name in lights". Berry has acknowledged that the song is partly autobiographical, and originally had "colored boy" in the lyrics, but he changed it to "country boy" to ensure radio play. The title is suggestive that the guitar player is good, and hints at autobiographic elements because Berry was born on Goode Avenue in St. Louis. The song was initially inspired by Berry's piano player, Johnnie Johnson, though developed into a song mainly about Berry himself. Even though Johnnie Johnson played on many other Chuck Berry songs, it was Lafayette Leake who played piano on this song. The opening guitar riff on "Johnny B. Goode" is essentially a note-for-note copy of the opening single-note solo on Louis Jordan's "Ain't That Just Like a Woman" (1946), played by guitarist Carl Hogan. Berry has written two more songs involving the character Johnny B. Goode, "Bye Bye Johnny" and "Go Go Go", and titled an instrumental album as "Concerto in B. Goode".

Johnny B. Goode is among the most widely covered rock and roll songs in history. The list of performers includes:
AC/DC, Aerosmith, Bad Religion, BB King, Beach Boys, The Beatles, Green Day, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Living Colour, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eddie Meduza, Frank Marino, Men at Work, Motörhead, NOFX, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, Slade, Stray Cats, George Thorogood, Peter Tosh, Twisted Sister, Brian Wilson and Johnny Winter among many others...

Today we will have Judas Priest version of this tune taken from the album "Ram It Down" - 1988 enjoy!

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