Back In The U.S.A.

“Back In The U.S.A.” by Chuck Berry on Chess 1729 was issued in June 1959, and was a minor Top 40 hit for Berry.  The “B” side was “Memphis, Tennessee.”  I once was a proud owner of this 78.

usa on charts june 59


Childhood Sweetheart

Chuck Berry’s “Childhood Sweetheart” backed with “Broken Arrow” was released on Chess 1737 in September 1959.  This wasn’t as big of a hit as previous Berry releases.  Again, we can see how Chess was using up different kinds of labels toward the end of 78 production.  Some have the chess pieces, and others have the vertical “Chess” text.