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September, School Days, and a Little Chuck Berry

Today we enter into the second half of September. How quickly we are finding ourselves to a new year, passing through the school days that have started around the country at lightning speed.

After reading MarkGraham 's memories of the childhood song, School Days, I found myself in a nostalgic mood. I, too, remember the song, as the melody came to my mind nearly immediately. But the innocence of those days did not last long for me, so I do not always care to go back to the childhood memories that others long to remember.

It was not long before I remembered a song by the same name. It was written when I was only two years old, but I remember it from the 1960s on the "oldies" stations. I remember seeing this version of School Days which was recorded in London in 1972 . I was in my 15 or 16 when it was made. He was 46 years of age at the time. I thought he was the coolest old guy I ever saw.

I have to admit, this version makes me a whole lot happier than when I was wearing the calico dresses from the other version.

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For a GREAT full concert of Chuck Berry in Toronto, Canada from 1969, click here . You will find a lively version of Johnny B. Goode beginning at 7:15, which was probably my favorite Berry song of all-time. I love seeing all the white "kids" rocking out at this concert in 1969. This concert is classic Chuck Berry!

Here is another full concert from 1982 of Chuck Berry live at the Roxy, with "special guest," Tina Turner. This is great, though I like the Toronto concert better.

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Feisty56 wrote on September 16, 2015, 1:45 PM

It's pretty hard to be depressed when you listen to Chuck Berry's music. I'm not much of a dancer, but it does get me up on my feet.

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 1:50 PM

I can hardly believe he will be 89 next month. I know he was still performing last summer, but hadn't heard about anything this year.

He surely makes the blues sound like happiness! I hope you have a chance to watch this concert.

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lexiconlover wrote on September 16, 2015, 2:06 PM

Showing your age with your music choices there swetie :P Lol, I;m kidding of course.

markgraham wrote on September 16, 2015, 2:19 PM

I am glad my article inspired an article for you. When you were experiencing remembering your memory and the years I was at an age that music was just music. I was very young.

Rufuszen wrote on September 16, 2015, 2:33 PM

Johnny B is the only Chuck Berry I know!

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 3:18 PM

I bet there are others. Just watch the videos. You know more.

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 3:18 PM

Yes, I am showing my age. emoticon :winking: I have it to show!

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 3:19 PM

I remember music as far back as about 1958, when I was 3, as music was such a big part of my life.

FourWalls wrote on September 16, 2015, 4:27 PM

And in your "weird facts" department, Mr. Chuck Berry is a member of the NASHVILLE Songwriters Hall of Fame. (Yes, Nashville, as in country music...but that stands to reason because a boatload of people in country music have covered his songs.)

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 10:35 PM

*nods* I knew that fact. He was one of those who helped to truly start a cross-over movement in the music scene.

Paulie wrote on September 17, 2015, 3:29 AM

Thank you very much for sharing this video of Chuck Berry in London in 1972. I remember when the song came out in 1956 or 1957 and it was a little different from the one of 1972.

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:16 AM

It was first recorded in 1957 and yes, I was alive. LOL ...and a lot of things changed from 1957 to 1972. I went from being 2 to 16. emoticon :winking:

AliCanary wrote on September 17, 2015, 7:47 PM

Not acquainted with these songs, although I do like "Maybelline" by Chuck Berry. I wonder if that's what the cosmetics company was named for...

CoralLevang wrote on September 18, 2015, 4:13 AM

I think it had something to do with seeing someone's make up, yes...but he spelled it "Maybellene" so there wasn't a suit from the cosmetic company....

AliCanary wrote on September 18, 2015, 11:38 AM

Oh, so that's the story--funny!