Many movie aficionados acknowledge ‘Johnny B. Goode’ from Back To The Future as one of the all-time classic MovieSongs from a Hollywood comedy. Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly goes back in time and performs in front of a shocked high school crowd that’s never heard this kind of music before… but they kinda dig it. Until the end, that is, when Marty gets carried away.
Marvin Berry runs backstage and rings his cousin Chuck, holding the phone up for him to hear. And the rest, as they say, is rock n’ roll history.
Here’s some inside info about ‘Johnny B Goode’ from songfacts:
Chuck Berry lifted some guitar licks for this song: the intro came from the Louis Jordan song “Ain’t That Just Like A Woman,” and the guitar break came from a 1950 T-Bone Walker song called “Strollin’ With Bones.” Jordan was a very influential R&B singer and a huge influence on Berry; Walker was a famous guitarist in the ’40s and early ’50s who came up with an electric guitar sound and raucous stage act that Berry incorporated.
Berry got the name “Johnny” from Johnnie Johnson, a piano player who collaborated with Berry on many songs, including “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Sweet Little 16.”
Berry got the word “Goode” from the street in St. Louis where he grew up. He lived at 2520 Goode Avenue.