Chuck Berry With Robbie McIntosh and Onnie McIntyre of Average White Band, "Reelin' and Rockin'" (1972)
It was routine in the early days of rock for American stars to use local pickup bands while on tour rather than foot the expense of bringing their own backing group with them overseas. Such was the case when Berry toured the U.K. in 1972, when he picked a small band that featured two Scottish musicians, drummer Robbie McIntosh and guitarist Owen "Onnie" McIntyre, who had just formed their own outfit called Average White Band. Some of the performances from that tour were captured on the part-studio, part-live LP The London Chuck Berry Sessions. The recording of Berry's 1957 song "Reelin' and Rockin'" is particularly spirited, showcasing the rhythmic chops that McIntosh and McIntyre were about to bring to AWB hits like 1974's "Pick Up the Pieces."