And even more strange, I remember seeing this live on TV, because I clearly remember the camera panning the Beethoven busts, and hearing Beethoven where I least expected it. Of course it was setting up a rockin’ version of Roll Over Beethoven, but check out Leon with the rockabilly hair and no facial hair. That’s him, though. Unmistakable voice. But not a bit, zero, nada, stage presence. None. Not even trying. But he sure sounded good. Check out a young, rockin’ Leon Russell complete with go go dancers.
What a great song. Can’t stop now. How bout the original by Chuck Berry on Chess Records.
And the Electric Light Orchestra with Jeff Lynne, did the classical treatment with strings and a bit of the 5th.
The Flaming Groovies are cool.
And She & Him rocked out with it this spring at Coachella.
But let’s close with the great Beethoven piece that inspired so many imitators….the first movement of the 5th Symphony, performed here for television by our own Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1961, five years after Chuck Berry released Roll Over Beethoven.
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