Chuck Berry: 20 Essential Songs

"Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven" and other masterpieces that laid the groundwork for rock & roll as we know it

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"You Never Can Tell"

Chuck Berry wrote "You Never Can Tell," along with "No Particular Place to Go" and "Nadine," while doing time in Springfield, Missouri's Federal Medical Center prison for allegedly bringing a 14-year-old across state lines with unsavory notions in mind – which didn't seem to stop him from writing his ditty about a "teenage wedding" and skeptical old folks. But perhaps more interesting is the fact that rock's great guitar hero hardly plays guitar this 1964 single, which sports heaping helpings of boogie-woogie piano and sax solos.

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