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Morning Song – Sweet Little Sixteen

March 25, 2017

“They’re really rockin’ in Boston….”

But would they rock in Newport?

That was the question when Chuck Berry performed a short set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, the summer after he’d had a hit singing:

“I have no kick against modern jazz,
Unless they try to play it too darn fast.”

It’s a minor miracle, and a testament to Berry’s considerable talents and charisma, that “rockin’” (or something very close to it) is exactly what he pretty much single-handedly accomplishes in the three minutes it took to perform “Sweet Little Sixteen”.



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