500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Chuck Berry, 'Brown Eyed Handsome Man'
Producer: Leonard Chess, Phil Chess
Released: Sept. '56, Chess
Did Not Chart
Berry was inspired to write this song while he was touring through heavily black and Latino areas of California. As Berry put it, "I didn't see too many blue eyes." He did see a good-looking Chicano nabbed for loitering until "some woman came up shouting for the policeman to let him go." Over a manic guitar lick, the song spins a riotous tale about a dark-eyed loverman.
Appears on: The Anthology (Chess)