Chuck Berry and Etta James, "Rock and Roll Music" (1986)
Etta James launched her career at Chess Records alongside Berry, so naturally his old comrade from the days of the Ecuadors and "Back in the U.S.A." was on hand to help him celebrate his 60th. The high point of Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, her and Berry's fiery rendition of "Rock and Roll Music" is a revelation, a heated conversation between Berry's immortal guitar licks and James' equally indomitable voice. Not only is it a tour de force performance that proves just how enduring his songwriting has remained, it shows that, given the right environment, even the prickly Berry was capable of putting down his dukes long enough to craft a truly reciprocal and mutually game-upping collaboration.
Chuck Berry, rock & roll Innovator, dead at 90. Watch here.