Inspired by the electrified Delta blues of Muddy Waters, the
wild showmanship of T-Bone Walker and Guitar Slim, the
smooth crooning of Nat “King” Cole, and the storytelling of
Hank Williams, Chuck Berry scrambled his influences and
came out with a concoction that was uniquely his own.
The screaming, overdriven guitar intro to “Maybelline,”
Berry’s Chess Records debut, tells the story, walloped with
the power of the blues, honed to perfection. Berry’s Chess
sides sound fully formed, solid, the raw power of a band of
incredible musicians led by a true musical visionary. Even
today, they come howling out of speakers like pure energy.
Loose, swinging, grooving, Berry’s songs are nearly perfect.
The classics he penned are too many to mention