The Hear and Now

A Tribute to Chuck Berry: The Hear and Now – March 23, 2017

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Tonight’s playlist dominated by Chuck Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017): his original recordings of his classic and less well-known songs, and a slew of obvious and somewhat obscure cover versions. With quoted commentary from Ann Powers. Plus, birthday nods to David Olney, Keith Relf, Nick Lowe, and William Shatner. Hosted by Derk Richardson.


A Tribute to CHUCK BERRYOctober 18, 1926 March 18, 2017
Chuck BerryMaybelleneHis Best, Volume 1Chess / MCA
The BeatlesRoll Over BeethovenLive at the Hollywood BowlCapitol
The Rolling StonesCarolThe Rolling StonesABKCO
Chuck BerryAlmost GrownHis Best, Volume 2Chess / MCA
Lonnie MackMemphisChuck B. Covered: A Tribute to Chuck BerryHip-O
The BandGoing Back to MemphisMoondog MatineeCapitol
The BunchNadineRock OnIsland
David Olney (69th birthday today)Barrymore RemembersHouse RulesPhilo
Chuck BerryTogether (We'll Always Be)After School SessionChess
Chuck BerryYou Can't Catch MeHis Best, Volume 2Chess / MCA
John LennonYou Can't Catch MeRoots (from box set)Capitol
The BeatlesCome TogetherAbbey RoadCapitol
Peter ToshJohnny B. GoodeChuck B. Covered: A Tribute to Chuck BerryHip-O
Geoff and Maria MuldaurHavana MoonSweet PotatoesWarner Bros. Reprise
William Shatner (born 24 March 1931)Transformed ManThe Transformed ManMedia Archives
The YardbirdsToo Much Monkey BusinessFive Live YardbirdsColumbia
Bob DylanSubterranean Homesick BluesBringing It All Back HomeColumbia
Rockpile (Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds)Oh What a ThrillSeconds of PleasureColumbia
Dave EdmundsI Knew the Bride (by Nick Lowe, born 24 March 1949)The Dave Edmunds Anthology (1968-90)Rhino
Emmylou HarrisYou Never Can Tell (C'est la Vie)Chuck B. Covered: A Tribute to Chuck BerryHip-O
Nina SimoneBrown-Eyed Handsome ManHigh Priestess of SoulPolydor
Chuck BerryDownbound TrainHis Best, Volume 1Chess / MCA
Elvis Presley and The Million Dollar QuartetBrown-Eyed Handsome ManThe Million Dollar QuartetSun
Richard Thompson with Fairport ConventionSweet Little Rock 'n' RollerGuitar, VocalHannial
Neko CaseBrown-Eyed Handsome ManHard-Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda JacksonBloodshot
M. WardRoll Over BeethovenPrimitive Girl single EPMerge
Jimi HendrixJohnny B. GoodeHendrix in the West (LP)Polydor
David BowieRound and RoundThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: 30th Anniversary EditionVirgin
Chuck BerrySweet Little SixteenHis Best, Volume 1Chess / MCA
The Beach BoysSurfin' USASurfin' SafariCapitol
Electric Light OrchestraRoll Over BeethovenELO IIEpic Legacy
  • James Kalomiris

    Many programs on KPFA have given tributes to Chuck Berry. Dirk, I have to tell you, your tribute to the late great Chuck Berry was the best of all of them. Keep up the good work.

  • Marshein

    Derk, this was a great tribute to Chuck! I especially loved Subterranean Homesick Blues coupled with Too Much Monkey Biz–I did the same thing on a homemade CD. We are in sync, which i knew before but now confirmed. Here’s another connexion: I put Born in the USSR after Born in the USA; possibly the Beatles did it in reaction/response?

    Maybe you remember me from SFBG. In any case, I love your show and think you’re the best DJ around these days.

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