Album of the Day
Chuck Berry was part of the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thanks to a string of classic singles for Chess in the 1950s, but his '70s output was pretty “goode” as well. Case in point: ROCK IT, cut for Atco in 1979. As you'd guess from the cover art, there's plenty of great guitar work here (along with some fine piano playing by Johnnie Johnson), but even more importantly, the man who practically invented rock 'n' roll songwriting has come up with several terrific originals. Highlights of the self-produced set include “California,” “Move It” and “Oh What A Thrill,” which was memorably covered by Rockpile a few years later. Until this year's posthumous CHUCK, ROCK IT was Berry's final studio album, and we'll give it another spin in honor of what would've been his 91st birthday.