News of the passing of Chuck Berry should not have come as a shock: after all, he was 90.
What we didn’t know back in the 50s and 60s, but know now, was that his music was set to capture a generation of teenagers, some of whom were to kick start their professional careers by playing and recording their versions of his songs.
And through them his music has become as much of part of our cultural DNA as Beethoven’s ever was.
No, roll on …
Here’s a selection from my archives of cover versions of his songs by 60s British groups.
Note: The Wilde Flowers were the predecessor to Soft Machine, Caravan and Gong. You may have heard of the other groups.