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Johnny B. Goode

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Information:
Johnny B. Goode is a Chuck Berry hit from 1958 (Chess 1691), which he also composed. Although several sources indicate that the song is autobiographical, Berry has denied it. Johnny B. Goode hit #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and #5 on the rhythm & blues chart. It eventually became a million-seller. In 1969 Buck Owens topped the country chart with his rendition (Capitol 2485). Other versions that have charted include those by Dion (Columbia 430966) in 1964 and Johnny Winter (Columbia 45058) in 1970.

 

Elvis sang Johnny B. Goode in concert quite often, as it was one of his favourites. His performance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on August 22, 1969, was recorded by RCA for inclusion in the From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis LP. Elvis On Tour included Johnny B. Goode from an April 1972 concert. Two TV specials, Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii and Elvis In Concert, also included the song.


Lyrics:
 

Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
Stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Good
Who never ever learned to read or write at all
But he could play the guitar just like ringing a bell

1. Go, go, go Johnny go, go, go Johnny, go go
Go Johnny go, go, go Johnny go go
Johnny B. Goode

2. His mama told him, "Someday you will be a man
And you will be the leader of a big old band
Many people coming from miles around
To hear your playing music when the sun goes down
Maybe someday you will be in lights saying Johnny B. Goode tonight”

 

1. 2. 1. (Repeat)


Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Elvis - From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis »
 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis - From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis (1969) »

- Elvis in Person at the International Hotel (1970) »

- Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite (1973) »

- Elvis In Concert (1977) »

- Legendary Concert Performances (1978) »

- The Legendary Recordings of Elvis (1979) »
– Elvis Aron Presley (1980) »

– Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (1981) »

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)

- Elvis Aron Presley (1998)

- Elvis The Concert (1999)

- Rock’n’Roll (1999)

- That’s The Way It Is – Special Edition (2000)

- Dixieland Rocks (2001) – FTD »

- Live in Las Vegas (2001)

– New Year’s Eve 1976 (2003) »

- Dragonheart (2003) – FTD »

- On Tour – The Rehearsals (2004) – FTD »

- The Impossible Dream (2004) - FTD »

- Rockin' Across Texas (2005) - FTD »

- I Sing All Kinds (2007) - FTD »

- Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas (2008) - FTD »

- I'll Remember You (2008) - FTD »

- Dixieland Delight (2009) - FTD »

- New Haven '76 (2009) - FTD »

- Rockin' Across Texas (2009) - FTD »

- A Minnesota Moment (2010) - FTD »

- High Sierra (2010) - FTD »

- Showtime! Birmingham/Dallas '76 (2010) - FTD »

- Chicago Stadium (2010) - FTD »

– Amarillo '77 (2011) - FTD »

- He Touched Me (2011) - FTD »

– 48 Hours to Memphis (2011) - FTD »

- Another Saturday Night (2012) - FTD »

– Sold Out! (2013) - FTD »

– Destination U.S.A. (2014) - FTD »

- Elvis in West Texas (2015) - FTD »

– Elvis in Alabama (2015) - FTD »

- Taking Care of Business (2016) - FTD »

- Home Town Shows (2016) - FTD »
– Spirit of Jackson, MS (2016) - FTD »

– Lake Tahoe '74 (2017) - FTD »

– The Bicentennial Show (2017) - FTD »

– Murfreesboro '74 (2018) - FTD »

St. Paul to Wichita, October '74 (2019) - FTD »

From Georgia to Florida (2019) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- The Hillbilly Cat “Live” (1974) – Brookville Records

- The Last Farewell (1977) – E.P. Records

- Elvis On Tour (1980) – Amiga Records

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