Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Chuck Berry

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Well June of 2021 has come to an end, and so the The Soundtrack of a Lifetime will go back on hiatus for another year. When I started the series back in 2018, the goal was to share some of the songs that I have enjoyed throughout my lifetime. The first song I featured was School Days by Chuck Berry.

Chuck Berry was one of the first and most influential rockers of all time. His distinctive guitar riffs, his on stage dance steps, including his distinctive “duck walk”, that every rocker ever has tried to copy, made him an international star. Berry had a unique ability to turn every song into a story that people could identify with and of course, sing along with.

So, to close out the 2021 session we can listen to Chuck Berry’s first big hit record, Maybellene. Written and recorded in 1955 it is considered the essential pioneering Rock & Roll song. The lyrics describe a man who is chasing his unfaithful girlfriend, her in a Cadillac Coupe DeVille, him in his V8 Ford. The story had everything that appealed to young audiences in 1955. Fast cars, a high-speed chase on a country road, the implications of a romantic relationship, and of course great music.

Maybellene was one of the first records to be a hit on the Rhythm & Blues, Country, and Pop charts at the same time. The song appealed to audiences young and old.

The video that you will see today was recorded in Belgium. It wasn’t well produced, these were the days before music videos, it is blurry in sections and the camera’s switch off a bit too often, but it has good sound and is still a lot of fun to watch and listen.

Until next time, let’s all do the duck walk as we listen to Maybellene.


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Joseph Domino

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Comments (8)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is a definite Golden Oldie.  What a great way to end your series on Soundtracks of a Lifetime.  Thank you for the wonderful tunes.  Wishing you a great July.  A

Jun 30, 2021 06:06 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - No one wants to see me dance or do the duck walk.  Well, they may think they want to see both but believe me - it's not a treat.  Not on Halloween or any day.  

Jun 30, 2021 06:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Joseph... who couldn't like Chuck Berry? Certainly not me... and I still know all the words to Maybelline!

Jun 30, 2021 07:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good afternoon Joseph. Must say that Maybellene is a definte mainstay of the 50's rock-n-roll era. Great tune. Enjoy your day.

Jun 30, 2021 12:36 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" is a classic in 1950s music, Joseph.  I hope you are having a good week.

Jun 30, 2021 05:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph-who doesn't know that song!!! I think he had a big influence on The Beatles. 

Jun 30, 2021 06:53 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Joseph.

Keep cool, stay safe and have a great day.

Jul 01, 2021 04:25 AM
Monica Brisson
Dalton Wade Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Broward and Palm Beach County~561.317.8645

 I was lucky enough to see Chuck Berry in Concert here at Virginia Key (Key Biscayne) years ago. It was an incredible concert with front-row seats! 

Jul 16, 2021 07:38 AM