Saturday, June 30, 2012

Record #0039: Almost Grown / Little Queenie – CHUCK BERRY

Chess 1722 (original) USA, March 1959
Words & Music by:  Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry (guitar & lead vocals), Johnnie Johnson (piano), Willie Dixon (bass), Fred Below (drums), Harvey & the New Moonglows (incl.Marvin Gay) with Etta James (backing vocals on side A), an unknown 2nd guitar player
Recording sessions:
 Chess Studios, Chicago, IL, Feb. 1959
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #32, US R&B #3; Side B – US #80

This was one of Chuck Berry’s 14 US Top 40 and 15 US R&B Top 10 singles.

Berry had a role (as himself) in 1959 movie “Go, Johnny, Go!” where he performed “Little Queenie” and two other songs.

There was a quite a solid bunch of musicians making this one. Gotta love Johnnie Johnson’s piano!

List price:  “Very Good+” is $15 and “Near Mint” is $30

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