Chuck Berry - Carol

First performance: 26/07/1975


Bruce covered the song 36 times :
1987-12-05 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ

1987-11-20 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1987-11-06 Rumson Country Day School, Rumson, NJ

1987-04-12 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ

1984-10-07 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
Made a surprise re-appearance when Bruce guested with John Eddie & The Frontstreet Runners

1984-01-08 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
Dave Edmunds

1982-07-23 East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold, NJ

1982-06-12 Big Man's West, Red Bank, NJ
1982-05-23 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1982-04-11 Big Man's West, Red Bank, NJ
1982-01-12 Royal Manor North, North Brunswick, NJ
Nils Lofgren
Robbin Thompson
1979-04-00 Fast Lane (The), Asbury Park, NJ
1978-07-06 Sundance Saloon, Calabasas, CA

1977-10-13 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
Southside Johnny

1977-01-22 Jail (The), Hillsdale, NJ

1975-11-24 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
1975-11-23 Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1975-11-11 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL
1975-10-31 Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA
1975-10-26 Paramount Northwest Theatre, Seattle, WA
1975-10-19 Roxy Theatre (The), West Hollywood, CA
1975-10-18 Roxy Theatre (The), West Hollywood, CA (Early)
1975-10-11 Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ (Late)
1975-09-23 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
1975-09-16 Dallas Convention Center Theater, Dallas, TX
1975-09-13 Music Hall, Houston, TX
1975-08-08 Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, OH
1975-08-01 Mosque (The), Richmond, VA
1975-07-30 Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Washington, DC
1975-07-28 Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Washington, DC
1975-07-26 Keystone Hall, Kutztown, PA


"Carol" is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry released in 1958.

Bruce on the artist

When Chuck Berry died Bruce tweeted :

"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived. This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages."

Springsteen and Berry played together on at least two occasions. As back up at the University of Maryland in 1973. Springsteen asked what songs they were going to do. Berry said : " we're going to do some Chuck Berry songs." More than 20 years later, Springsteen again played backup for Berry, at a concert at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, celebrating the opening of the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.
Bruce had 3 performances together with Chuck Berry:

1995-09-02 Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH
The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inauguration concert
1987-01-21 Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY
The second annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony. 

1973-04-28 Cole Field House, University Of Maryland, College Park, MD
One show, triple bill, with Chuck Berry headlining, [Lee Lewis]] second billed and Bruce and the boys opening. A show now steeped in legend. Berry's contract stipulated that it was the promoter's responsibility to supply him with a backing band for this concert. Apparently Bruce learned about a week before the show that the promoter was seeking a group to support Berry and immediately volunteered his band's services for free, which the promoter gladly accepted. There was no rehearsal or soundcheck with Berry, so Bruce and the boys improvised as best they could. The show was Bruce's first known appearance in Maryland. Bruce and the boys opened their part of the show with a 50-minute set, followed by a 60-minute set by Jerry Lee Lewis and his band. Chuck Berry (with Springsteen's entire band backing him, including Bruce and Southside Johnny) closed the evening's festivities with a 70-minute performance. Springsteen recounts some hilarious details in the 1987 Chuck Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, but does not mention Southside Johnny’s appearance. Fearing that Berry might not want a harp player Bruce positioned Southside in the shadows at the extreme end of the stage. However Berry enjoyed the harp playing and near the end of the show he actually acknowledged Southside to the crowd saying "that white boy can blow, can’t he!" This almost sold out gig in the 15,000 seat Cole Field House was not without some controversy. Such was the demand to see the show that the school newspaper reported that twenty people were arrested when police spotted individuals sneaking into the concert via an open female lavatory window at the back of the building. Apparently 200-300 people made it in before the police caught wind of what was going on. 
Watch Bruce tells the story here  
List of songs co-credited to Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Berry:


Oh Carol, don't let him steal your heart away
I'm gonna learn to dance if it takes me all night and day

Climb into my machine so we can cruise on out
I know a swingin' little joint where we can jump and shout
It's not too far back off the highway, not so long a ride
You park your car out in the open, you can walk inside
A little cutie takes your hat and you can thank her, ma'am
Every time you make the scene you find the joint is jammed

Oh Carol, don't let him steal your heart away
I'm gonna learn to dance if it takes me all night and day

And if you want to hear some music like the boys are playin'
Hold tight, pat your foot, don't let 'em carry it away
Don't let the heat overcome you when they play so loud
Oh, don't the music intrigue you when they get a crowd
You can't dance, I know you wish you could
I got my eyes on you baby, 'cause you dance so good

Oh Carol, don't let him steal your heart away
I'm gonna learn to dance if it takes me all night and day

Don't let him steal your heart away
I've got to learn to dance if it takes you all night and day
Oh Carol