Chuck Berry had his first hit record with ‘Maybellene’ today in 1955

July 27, 2017

Chuck Berry 

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”


Maybellene Personnel

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 )


Maybellene Live




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