Celebrating Chuck Berry

(Above source: YouTube video)

Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man, a collection of performances of the rock legend’s hits, debuts on PBS stations tomorrow, February 29 (check local listings for days/times in your area).

The program, narrated by Danny Glover, features some of the biggest names in rock-and-roll performing Berry classics, sometimes alongside Berry himself.

The performances include:

“Carol” – Chuck Berry and Keith Richards, plus a separate rendition by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

“Around and Around” – The Rolling Stones

“Roll Over Beethoven”- The Beatles, in their first US concert (Washington, DC, 1964) plus another performance by Jeff Lynne with the Electric Light Orchestra

“Brown Eyed Handsome Man” – Paul McCartney playing in 1999 at the Beatles’ birthplace, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England

“Johnny B. Goode” – Jimi Hendrix in Berkeley, California, a few months before his death in 1970. Berry also plays the song with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band from a 1995 concert for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“Back in the USA” – Chuck Berry and Linda Ronstadt

“Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Let It Rock,” and “Memphis” – Chuck Berry with Billy Kingsley & Rockin’ Horse.

Berry plays solo on “Maybellene,” “Wee Wee Hours,” “You Can’t Catch Me,” and “Nadine.”

Chuck Berry
(Above source: YouTube video)

“This program does a terrific job of showcasing him live in concert throughout a variety of eras of his career and it’s a wonderful tribute to see these fellow legends performing his songs,” said Dick Alen, Berry’s longtime agent. “Seeing it all together really drives home how many artists he influenced, and that rock and roll wouldn’t have been what it was if it wasn’t for Chuck Berry.”

You can also stream Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man: on PBS.org or the PBS video app.

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