Chuck Berry With Gerry and the Pacemakers, "Maybellene" (1964)
The T.A.M.I. Show, filmed in 1964, showcased many rock, pop and R&B greats of the era – and that documentary also sported a symbolic exchange between a rock & roll pioneer and a British Invasion upstart. In the film, Chuck Berry erupts with a searing, twangy take on his 1955 hit "Maybellene." But halfway through his rendition, a curious thing happens: A band starts setting up next to him onstage. They're introduced, without a break in the backbeat, as Gerry and the Pacemakers; after a smooth modulation to a different key, the up-and-coming Merseybeat combo seamlessly picks up the song, finishing out "Maybellene" with a decidedly smoother, more pop-friendly polish. Not only is the segue a sterling display of showmanship, it perfectly encapsulates just how much Chuck Berry's rock innovations were borrowed by others in the Sixties and beyond.