Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll

Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll is a 1987 documentary movie directed by Taylor Hackford that chronicles two 1986 live shows celebrating rock and roll musician Chuck Berry’s sixtieth birthday. A soundtrack album was launched in October 1987 on the MCA label. The identify comes from a line in Berry’s tune “Faculty Days”.

The 2 live shows have been held on October 16, 1986, on the Fox Theatre in St. Louis; among the many artists performing with Berry have been Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Etta James, Johnnie Johnson, Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys, Julian Lennon, and Joey Spampinato from NRBQ. Together with live performance footage, the movie additionally options scenes from the rehearsals for the exhibits, interviews with Berry and members of his household, and “talking-head”-type appearances from numerous musicians, together with Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, John Lennon (archival footage), Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Little Richard and Bruce Springsteen.

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Taylor Hackford’s movie is a wickedly humorous and transferring rock-doc traditional, exposing Berry the money-grubbing management freak with out devaluing his genius within the course of.

—Robert Christgau[1]

  1. “Come On” (Chuck Berry) rehearsal at Berry’s house, Wentzville 8.-14.10.86
  2. “Carol” (Chuck Berry) rehearsal at Berry’s house, Wentzville 8.-14.10.86
  3. “It Do not Take However a Few Minutes” (Chuck Berry) -rehearsal at Berry’s house, Wentzville 8.-14.10.86
  4. “I am By means of With Love” (Gus Kahn/Matt Malneck/Fud Livingston) rehearsal at Berry’s house, Wentzville 8.-14.10.86
  5. “Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry) (with Robert Cray on guitar)
  6. “Nearly Grown” (Chuck Berry)
  7. “Again in the usA.” (Chuck Berry) (with Linda Ronstadt on vocals and Robert Cray on guitar)
  8. “Candy Little Sixteen” (Chuck Berry)
  9. “No Cash Down” (Chuck Berry)
  10. “Nadine” (Chuck Berry)
  11. “Johnny B. Goode” (Chuck Berry) (with Julian Lennon on vocals)
  12. “Memphis, Tennessee” (Chuck Berry)
  13. “Little Queenie” (Chuck Berry)
  14. “Brown Eyed Good-looking Man” (Chuck Berry) (with Robert Cray on guitar and vocals)
  15. “Too A lot Monkey Enterprise” (Chuck Berry)
  16. “No Specific Place to Go” (Chuck Berry)
  17. “Wee Wee Hours” (Chuck Berry) (with Eric Clapton on guitar and vocals)
  18. “Rock and Roll Music” (Chuck Berry) (with Etta James on vocals, Keith Richards, Robert Cray and Eric Clapton on guitars)
  19. “Faculty Days” (Chuck Berry) (with Ingrid Berry on vocals, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray and Joe Walsh (uncredited) on guitars)

Bonus rehearsals on the DVD

  1. “Guitar Jam” (Chuck Berry/Keith Richards/Eric Clapton)
  2. “Imply Previous World” (Walter Jacobs)
  3. “It Do not Take However a Few Minutes” (Chuck Berry)
  4. “Hoochie Coochie Gal” (Willie Dixon/Etta James)
  5. “A Cottage for Sale” (Willard Robison/Larry Conley)

The band

  • Chuck Berry – vocals, electrical guitar
  • Keith Richards – electrical guitar, backing vocals
  • Johnnie Johnson – piano
  • Chuck Leavell – organ
  • Joey Spampinato – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Jordan – drums, backing vocals
  • Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone
  • Ingrid Berry – backing vocals
  • Eric Clapton, Robert Cray – electrical guitar, vocals
  • Etta James, Julian Lennon, Linda Ronstadt – vocals

As instructed within the interview part of the Bonus DVD, Berry shot his voice at a chilly open air live performance the day earlier than the filming of the film. All of his lead vocals are subsequently overdubbed in a studio.

  • Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll at IMDb
  • Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll at Field Workplace Mojo
  • Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll on the TCM Film Database


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