* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Johnny B. Goode

Johnny B. Goode

by Chuck Berry

Calling Card

Once, Chuck Berry and fellow rocker Jerry Lee Lewis got into a fight over who was the true king of rock n' roll. Each one was, of course, advocating for himself. Chuck "whupped butt," in Lewis' words.

In need of some affirmation, Jerry Lee Lewis brought the dispute to his mother. She let him in on the secret: Chuck, not Jerry, took the cake. Johnny B. Goode is the archetype, and Chuck is the real thing. "He's the king of rock n' roll," said Jerry Lee. "My mama told me that." That's a pretty serious calling card.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement