Chuck Berry 1956
January / 1956
No Money Down (Arc, BMI) Chess 1615
Down Bound Train (Arc, BMI) Chess 1615
Berry's showmanly performance
on the humorous talking-novelty "No Money Down" should pay off in
plenty of juke and jockey play and cash-across-the-counter. It's a
great reading, loaded with sock personality impact and a hard-driving,
insistent beat. The flip, a fast moving almost country-styled blues,
has an exciting pace and a fine vocal of Berry.
May 19 / 1956
Roll Over Beethoven
(Arc, BMI) Chess 1626
side has humor, a driving beat and, most of all, Berry's own distinctive
and wailingly primitive style. A natural for action. Flip is "Drifting
Heart" (Arc, BMI).
December 22 / 1956
Various artists (soundtrack)
Rock, Rock, Rock (1-12")
The Moonglows, Chuck Berry, The Flamingos.
Chess LP 1425
This looks like one
of the strongest rock and roll packages extant. The artists and much
of the material have already been smashes on single disks; in addition,
the artists are all appering in the film, "Rock, Rock, Rock", for
which a lot of the new material in this album has been written. Promotion
has been - and will continue to be - heavy. Sides include Chuck Berry's
"Maybellene", "Thirty Days" etc; Moonglows "Sincerely", "Sea Saw"
etc and the Flamingos' "Would I Be Crying", "A Kiss From Your Lips"
etc. Be sure to stock this one for the youngsters. Strong pop appeal