Carol (Chuck Berry song)

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Single by Chuck Berry
B-side"Hey Pedro"
ReleasedAugust 1958 (1958-08)
Format45 rpm record
GenreRock and roll
Songwriter(s)Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry singles chronology
"Beautiful Delilah"
"Jo Jo Gunne"

"Carol" is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry, first released by Chess Records in 1958, with "Hey Pedro" as the B-side. The single reached number 18 on Billboard's Hot 100 and number nine on the magazine's R&B chart.[1] In 1959, it was included on his first compilation album, Chuck Berry Is on Top.

Berry employs his well-known guitar figure, which AllMusic critic Matthew Greenwald describes as "a guitar lick that indeed propelled not just Berry's greatest works, but the rock & roll genre itself."[2] The Rolling Stones recorded it in 1964 for their debut album and a live version was released on Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! (1969).[2] A live recording from Oakland in November 1969 is included in the bootleg Live'r Than You'll Ever Be. Their recordings were preceded by a performance by the Beatles in 1963, later included on Live at the BBC (1994). Several other artists have also recorded the song.[3]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. p. 42. ISBN 0-89820-068-7.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ a b Greenwald, Matthew. "Chuck Berry: Carol – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved May 12, 2018.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. ^ "Carol – Also Performed By". AllMusic. Retrieved May 12, 2018.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)