Nearly 60 years since this video. How things have changed
RIP Chuck Berry
Hard to imagine what music would be like today without Chuck Berry.
The Beatles wouldn't have been anything like they were without Chuck Berry.
Slash's Nightrain solo contains some direct takes of Chuck Berry licks.
Eddie Van Halen's Panama solo contains some direct Chuck Berry licks.
As for The Beach Boys...
And none of them had them melody of No Particular Place To Go.
That Rich Hall programme contained a scathing critique of the casting of Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in a 2016 BioPic.
Never knew that existed,apparently it bombed big time. Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams though? Bizarre casting.
Don't waste your time watching that - it is an absolutely terrible film!!
In tribute to the late Chuck Berry, 'The Kings Of Rock 'n' Roll' is on Sky Arts tonight at 11 - Berry performing at the London Rock and Roll show at Wembley Stadium in 1972, along with Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley and Little Richard.
being an 80's kid this was probably the first time I heard of Chuck Berry
He also mentioned that Janis Joplin didn't die from excess living and drugs. No, when they did the autopsy, they found so little of her heart left, it could no longer function.
Ha! As he said at the start "I know you're thinking, not another BBC Country Music Documentary - how many do they need?" but he made a nice little programme, it was all heartfelt and he crammed a lot in.
Nice one, I caught a bit of it after you flagged it up - some line up! £1.20 well spent for those who made the trip!
BBC Four have lobbed in some Chuck Berry programmes for Friday
I'll do the usual weekend listings tomorrow but here's the BBC Four Lineup
One name sits like a giant turd in the middle of the poster though
(We'll forgive Chuck his little video peccadilloes, because, you know.. the tunes
edit: Worth seeking out Hail Hail Rock n Roll, where Keef and Chuck lock horns on the tribute to Chuck concert
Hi, BBC Four have ripped up the Schedules for Friday Night, there's a proper Chuck Berry Concert and then yet another outing for all 3 hours of Rock v Roll America. Alas, that means one of the planned Roy Orbison programmes has been dropped and the Classic Black and White Night is shoved back to 1am. I don't think it's been on in a while, I like it a lot. Here's the rest of the menu ...
7.30pm & 1am Top Of The Pops 1983 - June 8th
John Peel and Kid Jensen present music from June 8, featuring Twisted Sister, the Imposter - aka Elvis Costello - Shakatak, Big Country and the Police. Full details here http://thetvdb.com/?tab=episode&seriesid=78332&seasonid=479822&id=5857699&lid=7
11.25pm Other Voices (RTE2)
The second of two programmes from Austin features Mumford & Sons, Gregory Porter, Wild Child, Carson McHone, Asleep at the Wheel, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Aoife O'Donovan
1.40am Country at the BBC
A compilation of BBC session performances by country artists from the past four decades, including Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Kris Kristofferson, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Taylor Swift, kd lang and Billie Jo Spears
6.40pm BBC 6Music Festival (BBC Red Button)
Coverage from Glasgow continues all weekend on the Red Button http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2hy3wl3kg02p4jRNP6wCNzb/6-music-festival-2017-the-line-up
7.30pm & 2am Top Of The Pops 1983 - June 23rd
Simon Bates and Peter Powell introduce performances by Freeez, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Shakatak, Mike Oldfield, H20 and the Police. Plus, John Peel discusses the European charts. First shown on 23 June 1983. Full details here http://thetvdb.com/?tab=episode&seriesid=78332&seasonid=479822&id=5857701&lid=7
8pm Discovering Music: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (Sky Arts)
Music critics discuss the lives and careers of the members of the folk rock supergroup, which was made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young
8.30pm Discovering Music: Neil Young (Sky Arts)
Music critics examine the life and career of the Canadian singer-songwriter, who was a driving force behind some of the biggest groups of the 60s before finding success on his own
9pm Film Dreamgirls (TV3)
A 1960s singing trio are chosen to perform backing vocals for a popular performer - an event that launches the band on a successful career of their own. However, when the most attractive of the girls is picked as the face of the group, edging out the other two, personal rivalries begin to jeopardise their friendship. Musical drama, inspired by the rise to fame of Diana Ross and the Supremes, and starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy and an Oscar-winning Jennifer Hudson
9pm Chuck Berry in Concert
The legendary rock 'n' roll singer performs at the BBC Television Theatre in 1972, featuring hits Johnny B Goode, Nadine and Roll Over Beethoven, as well as an innuendo-laden rendition of My Ding-a-Ling
10pm-1am Rock n Roll America, Parts 1, 2 and 3
10pm Part1 - Sweet Little Sixteen Documentary examining the most important era in the history of popular music - the birth of rock 'n' roll. The opening programme focuses on the origins of the sound in 1950s America when the rhythm-driven mix of blues, boogie woogie and vocal harmony was nurtured by small independent record labels and championed by young music pioneers such as Fats Domino and Little Richard. This episode also looks at the start of Elvis Presley's career in Memphis and examines the impact the film industry had on the rock movement. Contributors include Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis and Don Everly
11pm Part2 - Whole Lotta Shakin' The mid-1950s saw Elvis Presley made his TV debut with Heartbreak Hotel, following it with a gyrating version of Hound Dog that outraged the conservative media. A `cleaned-up' artist was required, and Christian family man Pat Boone sated that need. While Jerry Lee Lewis caused upset with Whole Lotta Shakin and the Everlys shocked with Wake Up Little Susie, bespectacled geek Buddy Holly calmed things down with his school friends the Crickets. Contributors include Jerry Lee Lewis, Don Everly and Tom Jones
Midnight Part3 - Be My Baby Examining the era between Buddy Holly's death in early 1959 and the Beatles landing at JFK in spring 1964, when rock 'n' roll seemingly calmed down, went uptown and got spun into teen pop. The genre fuelled the Motown sound in Detroit and sound-tracked guitar instrumental groups on the west coast, such as the Ventures and Beach Boys, as it helped birth increasingly polished pop sounds across the States. Contributors include Jerry Lee Lewis, Ben E King and Chubby Checker
10pm Classic Albums: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon (Sky Arts)
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon Documentary exploring Pink Floyd's ground-breaking 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon, which remained in the US Top 200 for 724 consecutive weeks. Featuring interviews with band members Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason.
11pm Pink Floyd: A Delicate Sound of Thunder (Sky Arts)
An extravagant concert film from the musicians' A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour, recorded at New York's Nassau Coliseum in August 1988 using 27 cameras. The performance sees David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason deliver seminal tracks including Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Time, Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here
1am Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black And White Night Well worth taping!
In a programme first broadcast in 1988 - the year of his death - the singer performs his greatest hits, including Oh, Pretty Woman, It's Over and Crying. His backing band is made up of stars including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, kd lang, Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt. The TCB Band which backs all featured artists was Elvis Presley's band until his death in 1977 and includes James Burton, Glen D Hardin, Jerry Scheff and Ronnie Tutt with musical drector T-Bone Burnett. Filmed at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles
2.40 It's Only Rock n Roll: Rock n Roll at the BBC
A compilation of classic rock 'n' roll artists and songs in celebration of the musical genre, Including performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion, Dick Dale and Neil Sedaka. Plus, a selection of songs with rock 'n' roll in the title, such as Tom Petty's Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll, Joan Jett's I love Rock 'n' Roll and Oasis's Rock 'n' Roll Star
8pm Tina Turner Live in Holland (Sky Arts)
A concert from 2009 in which the singer performs hits including Steamy Windows, Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do with It and GoldenEye at the GelreDome Stadium in Arnhem
10pm Elton John Million Dollar Piano (Sky Arts)
The musician plays a selection of his greatest hits, recorded during his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Featuring performances of Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, I'm Still Standing and Circle of Life
11pm Top Of The Pops 1983 - June 8th
Same as Thursday
11.40pm Top Of The Pops 1983 - June 23rd
Same as Friday
12.15am Queen - The Phenomenon (Sky Arts)
Profile of the rock group, combining archive interviews with performance footage, from their beginnings in the 1970s to the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury in 1991
12.15am Blondie - One Way Or Another
Profile of the pop group founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, one of the world's most successful bands to be fronted by a woman, which first rose to fame in the mid-1970s. The programme features interviews with former members and fellow performers including Iggy Pop, Shirley Manson, Tommy Ramone, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, who discuss Blondie's eclectic brand of music. Mark Radcliffe narrates
2.30am (BST - Don't forget to turn your clocks forward! - Blondie's New York and the making of Parallel Lines)
The story behind the rock band's third album Parallel Lines - a record that is said to capture the spirit of 1970s New York at a time of poverty, crime and artistic endeavour. The seven individuals who wrote, produced and performed its songs discuss their aim to create a game-changing album full of sure-fire hits. Including commentary from lead singer Debbie Harry who talks about writing music, the media's focus on her appearance and the lyrical content inspired by ex-boyfriends
3.20am Big in America: British Hits in the USA
Compilation of British rock 'n' roll acts in performance, featuring songs that crossed over to the US charts. From the Dave Clark Five to Coldplay, the Brits have rocked America and sometimes even done better across the pond than on home soil. A Flock of Seagulls, Supertramp and Bush also feature, alongside darker British global exports like Black Sabbath and the Cure
9pm BBC 6Music Festival Highlights
Performances from the three-day festival held in Glasgow, featuring Belle and Sebastian, the Shins, Honeyblood, Grandaddy and Loyle Carner
10.30pm Guth - Oasis (TG4)
The family history of Oasis duo Noel and Liam Gallagher, who were born and raised in Manchester to Irish parents Peggy Sweeney and Tommy Gallagher. Originally from Charlestown in Co Mayo, Peggy left Ireland in the early 1960s and travelled to the north-west of England where she met and married Tommy from Duleek in Co Meath
12.05am Other Voices (RTE2)
Same as Thursday
Kid Jensen and John Peel in tandem again there. Apparently if you wrote to Peel looking for an autograph back in the day, he signed a Kid Jensen photo and stuck that in the post.
Elsewhere, the Film with the same name as an underrated 80s Scottish Duo of the week might be Hue and Cry (BBC, 8.40am Saturday)
This was expanded, re-edited, remastered and re-released a few weeks ago. great show.