YOU CAN'T CATCH ME

Latest update on 30/04/2019

Artist: Chuck Berry
Author: Chuck Berry
Label: Chess
Year: 1955

Covers:

1965:

Rolling Stones [and in '72 under Ventilator Blues]

1969:

Beatles [in Come Together]

1970:

Love Sculpture

1975:

John Lennon

1987:

George Thorogood

1995:

Michael Jackson [as Come Together]

1995:

Smokin' Mojo Filters [idem; Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Paul Weller & Paul McCartney]

2008:

Wende Snijders

2019:

George Benson

The Beatles had used striking elements of You Can't Catch Me (both melodic and lyrical) without crediting Chuck. Might have stayed unnoticed if it wasn't for Morris Levy. This mobbed-up rock svengali, founder of Roulette Records, nightclub owner (Birdland in New York) and author of hits as California Sun, secured the copyrights on some Chuck Berry songs and this is one of them. He bluntly sued the Beatles. The lawsuit was settled in court. (Beatles: "Here come ol' flattop, he come groovin' up slowly" - Chuck Berry: "Here come a flat-top, he was groovin' up with me") Restitution came with John Lennon covering Chuck Berry's song on his Rock 'n Roll solo album, along with two extra Morris Levy administred songs. Record mogul Hesh Rabkin from tv-series The Sopranos is modelled on Levy's character.

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