Morning Song – Sweet Little Sixteen
“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”.