The songs chosen for Rock 'N' Roll are all about John Lennon’s musical roots, dating from his pre-Beatles days
On 20 June 1957, the great rock 'n' roll pioneer released the single 'Words Of Love,' which struck a real chord far away on Merseyside.
In June 1972, 'The Killer' was covering both rock 'n' roll and R&B originals.
He was never a household name himself, but Gallup's pioneering work with Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps made him a guitar god for Clapton, Page, Beck et al.
The celebrated Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer played on classics such as ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, 'Jailhouse Rock' and ‘Hound Dog’.
The LP marked the star's debut at his new home of Decca Records.
He wasn't an instant top UK ten artist, but this single was an important step on that road.
'Mystery Train', recorded by Little Junior Parker at Sun Studios in late 1953 has become a blues standard and has been covered by countless artists.
The recording of a bona fide rock 'n' roll classic.
In 1970, Chuck Berry was back at Chess, where he helped create the very fabric of rock 'n' roll, announcing his return in April with the great single 'Tulane.'
On 7 April 1972, Roy Orbison cut the opening song on his next album, with a full and strident version of Chuck Berry's immortal 'Memphis, Tennessee.'
A Chuck Berry interview to the punk fanzine Jet Lag in 1980 reveals his views on the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Ramones.
'Almost Grown' hit the US chart on 30 March 1959 for Chuck Berry and reiterated that no one could write about the joy and pain of growing up as he could.
On the chart of 18 March 1965, Joe Meek's protege Heinz appeared on the UK bestsellers for one last week, with 'Diggin' My Potatoes' - featuring Jimmy Page.
Hailed as the birthplace of both the blues and rock'n'roll, Memphis, Tennessee, is a must-visit city for music lovers around the world.
uDiscover Music’s Chess Records mini-documentary will whet your appetite to learn more about the Chicago indie that gave rock’n’roll to the world.