Maybellene
Chuck Berry
Berry Chuck 1958 Chuck Berry Is On Top

Maybellene, why can't you be true
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true
You done started doing
The things you used to do

1955
5
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1955
  • single released June 1955 on Chess Records of Chicago, Illinois
  • Top 100 chart debut: Aug 20, 1955
  • from the Chuck Berry album Chuck Berry Is on Top (1959)
  • from the soundtrack album Rock, Rock, Rock (1956)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #18 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • Berry's first single release and his first hit
  • Berry's original title for the song was "Ida Mae," which Berry had adapted from a traditional country tune called "Ida Red"; according to some sources, the song was originally recorded by Bob Wills in 1938 under the title "Ida Red" and was written by Russ Frato
  • on the record:
       Chuck Berry- vocals, guitar
       Willie Dixon- bass
       Johnnie Johnson- piano
       Jerome Green- maracas
       Jasper Thomas- drums
  • the original songwriting credits were shared by Chuck Berry, Russell Fratto and Alan Freed;  the credits for Fratto and Freed were later withdrawn
  • produced by Leonard Chess
  • recorded May 21, 1955 at Chess Records, Chicago, IL
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