Morning Song – Johnny B. Goode
On a Monday morning it doesn’t pay to overthink things. Chuck Berry died over the weekend and if there’s one song he’ll be remembered for—heck, if there’s one rock & roll song from the 20th century that will be remembered at all—it’s “Johnny B. Goode”.
It’s the song NASA chose to send on the Voyager I spacecraft to represent all of rock & roll. It’s the song that was covered by everyone from the Beach Boys to the Sex Pistols, Elvis Presley to Jimi Hendrix, Peter Tosh to Judas Priest. It’s the song that was sampled by everyone from LL Cool J to Ed Sheeran to Bob Seger to Jive Bunny & The Mastermixer.
Louis Armstrong was the most influential musician of the first half of the 20th century. With “Johnny B. Goode” Chuck Berry staked his claim to the title of most influential musician of the second half of the 20th century.