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  • Mar 5, 1951
    Ike Turner's band, featuring vocalist Jackie Brenston, records "Rocket 88" in Memphis. Hailed by some as the first rock & roll record, it's also the first hit produced by Country Music Hall of Famer Sam Phillips
    May 21, 1955
    Chuck Berry records "Maybellene," a song inspired by Bob Wills' "Ida Red," at Chicago's Chess Recording Studio, with Willie Dixon on bass. George Jones & Johnny Paycheck have a country hit with the song--with the spelling changed to "Mabellene"--in 1979
    Jul 23, 1955
    Chess releases Chuck Berry's R&B classic "Maybellene," hailed in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number" among the 500 greatest country singles ever made
    Oct 15, 1955
    Chess releases Chuck Berry's R&B single "Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)." Just 11 days later, Ernest Tubb records a country version
    Apr 16, 1956
    Chuck Berry records the rock classic "Roll Over Beethoven," with a reference to Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" in the lyrics. In the same Chicago session, he records "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," which Waylon Jennings turns into a country hit; and "Too Much Monkey Business," a future Freddy Weller hit
    May 19, 1956
    Chess releases Chuck Berry's rock & roll hit "Roll Over Beethoven," which namechecks Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes"
    Jan 6, 1958
    Chuck Berry records "Johnny B. Goode" at the Chess Recording Studio in Chicago. The song has a future as a country hit, when Buck Owens remakes it in 1969
    Mar 31, 1958
    Chess releases Chuck Berry's pop classic "Johnny B. Goode." The song is resurrected as a country hit by Buck Owens in 1969
    Jan 14, 1964
    Chuck Berry records the original version of "You Never Can Tell." Thirteen years later, Emmylou Harris re-tools the song as a country hit
    Feb 20, 1964
    Chuck Berry records "Promised Land," with Willie Dixon sitting in, at the Chess Recording Studio in Chicago. The song is destined to climb the country charts after a re-recording by Elvis Presley

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