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The lyrics of the song mention rock and roll and the desire for rhythm and blues to replace classical music. The title of the song is an imperative directed at the composer Ludwig van Beethoven to roll over in his grave in reaction to the new genre of music that Berry was promoting.
The song has been covered by many other artists, including the Beatles and the Electric Light Orchestra. According to Rolling Stone  and Cub Koda of AllMusic Berry wrote the song Roll Over Beethoven - Unknown Artist - Hot Rock response to his sister Lucy always using the family piano to play classical music when Berry wanted to play popular music.
It was, as biographer Bruce Pegg says, "inspired in part by the rivalry between his sister Lucy's classical music training and Berry's own self-taught, rough-and-ready Roll Over Beethoven - Unknown Artist - Hot Rock preference". In addition to the classical composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskythe lyrics mention or allude to several popular artists: " Sweetie Pie (Sweetie Mix) - Elgar - Sweetie Pie in the Mornin' " is the title of a Louis Jordan song; " Blue Suede Shoes " refers to the Carl Perkins song; and " hey diddle diddle ", from the nursery rhyme "The Cat and the Fiddle", is an indirect reference to the Chess recording artist Bo Diddleywho was an accomplished violin player.
Although the lyrics mention "rocking" and "rolling", the music that the classics are supposed to step aside for is referred to as "rhythm and blues". The lyric "a shot of rhythm and blues" was appropriated as the title of a song recorded by Arthur Alexander and others.
The session was produced by the Chess brothers, Leonard and Phil. The song was released as Chess single Berry's version was originally released as a single by Chess Records in Maywith "Drifting Heart" as the B-side.
Berry's single was one of 50 recordings chosen in by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. The opening guitar solo sounds similar to Berry's Roll Over Beethoven - Unknown Artist - Hot Rock famous hit, "Johnny B. The sheet music for the two songs is very similar. This release reached number 68 on the U.
Billboard Hot  and number 30 on the Cash Box Singles chart. The following year, a live version from an October performance at the Karlaplansstudion in Stockholm was released on Anthology 1. Electric Light Orchestra 's ELO elaborate eight-minute reworking of "Roll Over Beethoven", on the album ELO 2 inincluded an opening musical quote from Beethoven 's Fifth Symphony and clever interpolations of material from the symphony's first movement into Berry's song.
This became one of ELO's signature songs and has been used to close the majority of their concerts. Chicago radio superstation WLSwhich gave the song much airplay, ranked "Roll Over Beethoven" as the 89th most popular hit of It was released as the B-side of their single " From Here to Eternity ". Narvel Felts covered the song in His version went to number 64 on the Hot Country Singles chart in Inthe Flairs not to be confused with the doo-wop group recorded a version unsuccessfully.
Later that year, they changed their name to the Velaires and signed with Jamie Records, and released it again. It quickly reached number one in Los Angeles. They had also been given the opportunity to perform it on the television program American Bandstand. It was re-released in as part of the compilation Jimmy Page: Session Man. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Original song written and composed by Chuck Berry. Billboard Hot  42 U.
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