||22nd. November 1963 / First Issue
|SONG WRITER'S CREDIT
|WORDS AND MUSIC BY CHUCK BERRY
PUBLISHING CO. LTD.
||2/6 (two shillings and six
pence) (pasted on sticker "3/6")
|PRINT COMPANY'S NAME
Symphony Reproductions Ltd. 13, St. George Street, London,
|COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
|| With The Beatles
||"Roll Over Beethoven" is a 1956
hit song written by Chuck Berry, originally released on
Chess Records single, with "Drifting Heart" as the B-side.
The lyrics of the song mention rock and roll and the desire
for rhythm and blues to be as respected as classical music.
The title of the song is an imperative directed at the
composer Ludwig van Beethoven to roll over out of the way
and make room for the rock and roll music that Berry was
promoting. The song has been covered by many other artists,
including the Beatles and the Electric Light Orchestra.
"Roll Over Beethoven" was a favourite of John Lennon, Paul
McCartney, and George Harrison even before they chose "the
Beatles" as their name, and they continued to perform it
right into their American tours of 1964. Their version of
"Roll Over Beethoven" was recorded on July 30, 1963, for
their second British LP, With the Beatles, and features
Harrison on vocals and guitar. (from Wikipedia)