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Artist: Fiddlin' Powers & His Family
Author: traditional
Label: Victor
Year: 1924

Square dance with Civil War-era roots.

Covers:

1926:

Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers

1927:

Three Tweedy Brothers

1934:

Gid Tanner & His Skilled Lickers

1938:

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys [in 1950 as Ida Red Likes The Boogie]

1939:

Roy Acuff

1952:

Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames

1955:

Chuck Berry [same structure and solo as Bob Wills in Maybellene; n°1 R&B; the rhythm of a train rather than the rhythm of a car (see footnote); co-credits for DJ Alan Freed and Russ Fratto, that's the man who printed labels for Chess singles]

1955:

Big John Greer [as Come Back Maybellene]

1955:

Marty Robbins [as Maybellene, hit C&W]

1955:

Fats Domino [his I Can't Go On (Rosalie) was inspired by Chuck Berry's Maybellene]

1956:

Elvis Presley [idem; live at the Louisiana Hayride]

1956:

Brownie McGhee [his Anna Mae sounds like an answer song to Maybellene]

1957:

Buddy Knox [idem]

1959:

Gene Vincent [idem]

1961:

Wade Ward

1962:

Johnny Hallyday [in French]

1962:

Searchers [as Maybellene]

1964:

Johnny Rivers [idem; his Maybellene was a bigger hit than Chuck Berry's]

1965:

Jerry Lee Lewis [idem]

1965:

Everly Brothers [idem]

1978:

Carl Perkins [idem]

1998:

Hot Club Of Cowtown

Chuck Berry probably knew Bob Wills' Tiffany Transcription best (1946), as witnessed by Lester Barnard's guitar solo. Chuck's demo tape mentioned Ida May when he first came to Chess. Leonard & Phil Chess were amazed a black man liked hillbilly, but rejected it for sounding too country. One week later Chuck shopped his modified Maybellene (title inspired by a brand of mascara) at Mercury and Vee-Jay but they rejected it as well. So he went back to Chess and the rest is history. Unfortunately they lost that demo. The Chess brothers had to run a record company and couldn't bother storing junk.

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