had his first hit record with ‘Maybellene’
Maybellene entered the Billboard R&B chart
and reached #1 during an 11 week run today in 1955
Maybellene also climbed to #5 on the Pop chart
Maybellene was written and recorded in 1955 by Chuck Berry
Chuck was inspired and adapted the song
from the Western Swing fiddle tune 'Ida Red'
recorded in 1938 by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
Maybellene song tells the story
of a hot rod race and a broken romance
Maybellene Lyrics Excerpt
"Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You done started doin' the things you used to do"
"As I was motorvatin' over the hillI
Saw Maybellene in a Coupe de Ville
A Cadillac a-rollin' on the open road
Nothin' will outrun my V8 Ford
The Cadillac doin' about ninety-five
She's bumper to bumper, rollin' side by side"
Rolling Stone Magazine Covered Maybellene
and wrote “Rock & Roll Guitar Starts Here”
Recorded May 21, 1955
Chuck Berry – vocals, guitar
Johnnie Johnson – piano
Willie Dixon – bass
Jerome Green – maracas
Jasper Thomas or Ebby Hardy – drums
( photographs unavailable )