Cam, Lindsay Ell, Melissa Etheridge and More Honor Chuck Berry [WATCH]
During Monday night's (March 20) episode of Skyville Live, the recurring livestreaming concert series, Melissa Etheridge, Orianthi, Lindsay Ell, Cam and Troi Irons closed the evening with a tribute to the late Chuck Berry, who died on Saturday (March 18). The five women, along with a backing band, performed a cover of Berry's iconic "Johnny B. Goode."
Readers can press play above to watch Etheridge, Orianthi, Ell, Cam and Irons perform "Johnny B. Goode." Originally released by Berry in 1958, “Johnny B. Goode” became a Top 10 hit on both the Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart (No. 2) and the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 8). The song has been included on a number of lists of the greatest songs of all time (Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock, for example) and was entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. “Johnny B. Goode” has also been covered by a number of other artists, including Buck Owens, who took the song to the top of Billboard‘s Hot Country Sides chart in 1969.
Berry, born on Oct. 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., died on Saturday of natural causes. Ultimate Classic Rock reports that St. Charles (Mo.) County police responded to a medical emergency around 12:40PM on Saturday, where they found Berry unresponsive. Although they “immediately administered lifesaving techniques,” they could not revive the 90-year-old Berry; he was pronounced dead at 1:26PM.
Berry was a Grammy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner, a member of the Blues Hall of Fame and one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His influence on rock music — and, really, music in general — can be summed up by a quip from the late John Lennon: “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’”
Skyville Live‘s Monday night show was a female-focused concert in honor of Women's History Month. The night featured a number of collaborations between the five artists, including Cam and Etheridge performing Etheridge's "Come to My Window."
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