Chuck Berry - SWEET LITTLE ROCK AND ROLLER

First performance: 31/07/1982


Coverinfo

1982-07-31 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK, NJ (Sonny Kenn)
Bruce covered the song only once : performed in the midsection of "Around And Around". With Sonny Kenn & The Wild Ideas. Sonny Kenn is a Jersey-shore musician with a career spanning over 40 years. His first band Sonny & The Starfires featured Springsteen's future drummer Vini Lopez.
 

Songinfo

Sweet Little Rock And Roller is a song written en recordered by Chuck Berry in 1959. It appears on the album “Chuck Berry Is On Top”.
 
 

Other cover versions

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.
 

Lyrics

She's 9 years old and sweet as she can be
All dressed up like a downtown christmas tree
Dancin' and hummin' a rock-roll melody

She's the daughter of a well-respected man
Who taught her how to judge and understand
Since she became a rock-roll music fan

Sweet little rock and roller, sweet little rock and roller
Her daddy don't have to scold her, her mother can't hardly hold her
She never gets any older, sweet little rock and roller

Should've seen her eyes when the band began to play
And the famous singers sang and barred away
When the stars performed, she screamed and yelled "hooray!"

Ten thousand eyes were watching them leave the floor
Five thousand tongues were screaming "more! more!"
And about 15 hundred waitin' outside the door

Sweet little rock and roller, sweet little rock and roller
Sweet little rock and roller, sweet little rock and roller
Sweet little rock and roller, sweet little rock and roller
Sweet little rock and roller, sweet little rock and roller...