Reelin' and Rockin'

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"Reelin' and Rockin'"
Reelin' and Rockin' - Chuck Berry.jpg
Single by Chuck Berry
from the album The London Chuck Berry Sessions
B-side"Let's Boogie" (US)
ReleasedNovember 1972 (1972-11)
Format7" 45 rpm
RecordedFebruary 3, 1972 at the Lanchester Arts Festival in Coventry, England
LabelChess 2136
Songwriter(s)Chuck Berry
Producer(s)Esmond Edwards
Chuck Berry singles chronology
"My Ding-a-Ling"
"Reelin' and Rockin'"

"Reelin' and Rockin'" is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry. It was originally recorded in 1957 and released as the B-side of "Sweet Little Sixteen."


The song was recorded on December 29-30, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois.

The session was produced by the Chess brothers, Leonard and Phil.

The song was released as Chess single 1683.[1]

A live version of the song was released in late 1972, peaking at number 27 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1973. It reached number 21 in Canada and number 18 in the UK.[2]


Chart (1972-73) Peak
Canadian Top Singles (RPM) 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 27
US Cash Box Top 100[5] 30

Dave Clark Five cover[edit]

"Reelin' and Rockin'"
Reelin' and Rockin' - Dave Clark 5.jpg
Single by The Dave Clark Five
from the album Weekend in London
B-side"I'm Thinking" (US) "Little Bitty Pretty One" (UK)
Released2 April 1965
Format7" single
Songwriter(s)Chuck Berry
The Dave Clark Five singles chronology
"Come Home"
"Reelin' and Rockin'"
"I Like It Like That"

The Dave Clark Five covered "Reelin' and Rockin'" in early 1965. The single peaked at number 24 in the UK,[6] number 23 in the US,[7] and number 12 in Australia. Their rendition became the first and overall highest-charting version of the song.


Chart (1965) Peak
Australia KMR 12
Sweden 7
UK (OCC) [6] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 23
US Cash Box Top 100[8] 15

Other cover versions[edit]

"Reelin' and Rockin'" was also covered by Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Rolling Stones, George Thorogood, Conway Twitty, Alex Harvey, and many others.[9]


  1. ^ Berry, Chuck, Chuck Berry: The Anthology, CD, 088 1120304-2, MCA Records, Chess, 2000, liner notes
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 50 - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  4. ^ "Chuck Berry: Charts & Awards – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 2/10/73". Retrieved 3 August 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "UK Official Charts: Dave Clark Five". Official Charts Company. 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  8. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 5/29/65". Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  9. ^ Reelin' and Rockin' at AllMusic. Retrieved February 3, 2019.

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