No Particular Place to Go

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"No Particular Place to Go"
Single by Chuck Berry
from the album St. Louis to Liverpool
B-side "You Two"
Released May 1964 (1964-05)[1]
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded March 25, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois[2]
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:37
Label Chess
Writer(s) Chuck Berry
Producer(s) Leonard Chess, Phil Chess[2]
Chuck Berry singles chronology
"No Particular Place to Go"
"You Never Can Tell"

"No Particular Place to Go" is a song by Chuck Berry, released as a single by Chess Records in May 1964[1] and released on the album St. Louis to Liverpool in November 1964 (see 1964 in music).[3]

"No Particular Place to Go" was recorded on March 25, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois[2] and features the same music as Berry's earlier hit "School Days".[1]


The song is comical four verse story. In the first verse the narrator is cruising in his car with his girlfriend, and they kiss. In the second they start to cuddle, and drive slow. In the third they decide to park (on the Kokomo) and take a walk, but are unable to release the seat-belt. In the last verse they drive home, defeated by the recalcitrant seat-belt.


The session(s) during which "No Particular Place to Go" was recorded were produced by Leonard and Phil Chess, and backing Berry were pianist Paul Williams, drummer Odie Payne, and an unknown bassist.[2]


Chart (1964) Peak
Canada (RPM Top Forty-5's)[4] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 10
US Billboard R&B Singles[6] 10



  1. ^ a b c "Hot Pop Spotlights". Billboard: 36. May 16, 1964. 
  2. ^ a b c d Gold (CD liner). Chuck Berry. United States: Geffen Records/Chess Records. 2005. pp. 24, 27. 0602498805589 |url= missing title (help). 
  3. ^ Rudolph, Dietmar. "A Collector's Guide to the Music of Chuck Berry: The Chess Era (1955-1966)". Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "RPM - Item Display: Top Singles - Volume 1, No. 21, July 13, 1964" (.Php). Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. 
  5. ^ "Archive Chart: 1964-06-13" UK Singles Chart.
  6. ^ a b "Chuck Berry - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 

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