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.

Too Pooped To Pop

“Too Pooped To Pop” backed with “Let It Rock” by Chuck Berry is one of the last rock and roll songs issued on the 78 rpm speed.  Most of the later 78s were blues.  This is a January 1960 release, and you can see here how Chess records was trying to use up their different labels – one with the chess pieces and one with the vertical lines.