"Oh Baby Doll" (1957)
memory of a high-school romance that ends when summer vacation begins.
Perfect miniatures like this one were how Berry created the teen
of rock & roll: a teacher leaves the room, the kids turn on a
portable radio and dance in the halls, everyone’s back in their seat
when the teacher gets
back. His vocal carries the melody. Everything else is rhythm, chugging,
shimmying and shaking. As close to a drum circle as the pop charts got