Chuck Berry Is on Top
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AllMusic[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]

Chuck Berry Is on Top is the third studio album by rock and roll artist Chuck Berry, released in July 1959 on Chess Records, catalogue LP 1435. With the exception of one track, “Blues for Hawaiians,” all selections had been previously released on 45 rpm singles,[1] several of which were double-sided and charted twice. In his review of the album for AllMusic, Cub Koda described it as “almost a mini-greatest-hits package in and of itself” and the most perfectly realized collection of Berry’s career.[2] In 2008, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissued the album with St. Louis to Liverpool on an Ultradisc II Gold compact disc. In 2012, Hoodoo reissued the album with One Dozen Berrys on the same CD.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Chuck Berry.

Side A
No.TitleLength
1.“Almost Grown”2:21
2.“Carol”2:48
3.“Maybellene”2:23
4.“Sweet Little Rock & Roller”2:22
5.“Anthony Boy”1:54
6.“Johnny B. Goode”2:41
Side B
No.TitleLength
1.“Little Queenie”2:43
2.“Jo Jo Gunne”2:47
3.“Roll Over Beethoven”2:24
4.“Around and Around”2:42
5.“Hey Pedro”1:57
6.“Blues for Hawaiians”3:23

Personnel

  • Chuck Berry – vocals, guitars
  • Bo Diddley – electric guitar
  • Johnnie Johnson, Lafayette Leake – piano
  • Willie Dixon – double bass
  • George Smith – bass
  • Fred Below, Ebbie Hardy, Jaspar Thomas – drums
  • Jerome Green – maracas
  • The Moonglows – backing vocals
  • Bob Bushnell – bass on “Around and Around”[5]

Charting history

Singles – Billboard (United States)

YearSingleChartPosition[6]
1955“Maybellene”Billboard Top 1005
1956“Roll Over Beethoven”Billboard Top 10029
1958“Johnny B. Goode”Billboard Top 1008
1958“Carol”Billboard Hot 10018
1958“Jo Jo Gunne”Billboard Hot 10083
1958“Sweet Little Rock & Roller”Billboard Hot 10047
1959“Anthony Boy”Billboard Hot 10060
1959“Almost Grown”Billboard Hot 10032
1959“Little Queenie”Billboard Hot 10080


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