Sweet Little Sixteen
|"Sweet Little Sixteen"|
|Single by Chuck Berry|
|from the album One Dozen Berrys|
|B-side||"Reelin' and Rockin'"|
|Recorded||December 29–30, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Producer(s)||Leonard and Phil Chess|
|Chuck Berry singles chronology|
"Sweet Little Sixteen" is a rock and roll song written and first recorded by Chuck Berry, who released it as a single in January 1958. His performance of it is that year at the Newport Jazz Festival was included in the documentary film "Jazz on a Summer's Day". It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, Berry's second-highest position ever on that chart (surpassed only by his suggestive hit "My Ding-A-Ling", which reached number one in 1972). "Sweet Little Sixteen" also reached number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song number 272 on its list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2004.
Recorded December 29–30, 1957
The Beach Boys' 1963 song "Surfin' U.S.A." features lyrics by Brian Wilson set to the music of "Sweet Little Sixteen." Under pressure from Berry's publisher, Wilson's father and manager, Murry Wilson, gave the copyright, including Brian Wilson's lyrics, to Arc Music.
The Beatles' version
Recorded live at the BBC on July 10, 1963
- John Lennon, vocals, rhythm guitar
- George Harrison, lead guitar
- Paul McCartney, bass
- Ringo Starr, drums
- 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chuck Berry (CD). Chuck Berry. MCA Records. 1999. MCAD-11944.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 55.
- Pegg, Bruce (2002). Brown Eyed Handsome Man. pp. 162–163.
"Get a Job" by The Silhouettes
|Billboard R&B Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
March 10, 1958 - March 21, 1958 (three weeks)
"Tequila" by The Champs