June 24, 2016 British Ding-A-Lings

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Chuck Berry, The London Sessions, CH 60020, 1972

Quick, name Chuck Berry’s first number one hit?  If you guessed 1972’s My Ding A Ling, you got it right.  For all of the guff Chuck rightfully gave to the corrupt Chess Records, he certainly spent a long time recording for them.  This was the album that gave him his only U.S. #1 single, and I snagged it for cheap on the day the British voted to leave the E.U.

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Chuck Berry was very much past his sell by date by 1972, but his fame in the UK was still quite high.  So why not try issuing a half studio/half live album recorded before an adoring audience to stay relevant?  And he wasn’t the only one!  The week the single hit #1, Elvis Presley and Rick Nelson were also in the top 10.

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And the album is actually really great!  This $3 copy was fairly priced quality wise, but I had never heard the entire 11:52 minute version of My Ding A Ling.   It’s a great album, with a mix of new and old, rock and blues.  It was also his only gold certified album.  Yeah, Chuck’s voice is gruff and cracking, but it Chuck Berry!IMG_7302

Reeling’ And Rockin’ was the follow up to My Ding A Ling and it became his last top 40 hit in early 1973.  I’m sad the UK left the EU today, but I’m really glad I have this record.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $3, $961 Remaining

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