Chuck Berry Classic Oldies

From 1964 "You Never Can Tell"


Growing up in the 50s I listened to many Chuck Berry Songs. 

From the Rockabilly flavored "Maybellene" to my all-time favorite, "Johnny B. Goode," Berry produced some of the most imitated guitar licks of all time.

Another favorite is this classic hit from 1964, "You Never Can Tell."

Thirty years later the song became popular again as a unique 50's dance sequence in the movie "Pulp Fiction."  

The music was played in a fictional restaurant called "Jack Rabbit Slim's" where Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta and Mia Wallace, played by Uma Thurman, danced for the contest's main prize.

The song is about a couple that originally met in New Orleans and describes a fictional wedding and the events that followed.

They use their money to add to their music collection and then buy a souped-up Jitney in order to return to New Orleans to celebrate their anniversary.


Did Chuck Berry invent the word Coolerator?

I have read more than once that Berry invented the word Coolerator. Coolerator, another term for refrigerator, was used in the second verse of the song; "The coolerator was crammed with TV dinners and ginger ale."  

It's not likely he invented the word "coolerator." It was simply his way of using unique lyrics that fit much better in the song than refrigerator.

The Coolerator company was making ice boxes in Duluth Minn since 1904, later electric refrigerators, freezers and kitchen ranges.

Before Bob Dylan and the rash of great rock-n-roll songwriters to spring up in the wake of Beatlemania, Chuck Berry was hands down the finest rock songwriter, with the lone exception of his equal Buddy Holly. 

By any standards, Chuck Berry is one of the founding titans of rock.

Musically, he contributed more than any other of the original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elvis put rock-n-roll on the map, but some argue that Chuck is the one who drew it.

The song "You Never Can Tell" reached #14 becoming Berry's final Top 40 hit until 1971 when "My Ding-a-Ling" reached #1.

Sadly, Chuck Berry died on March 18, 2017, at the age of 90.


Enjoy both videos below, the first is the original and the second is from the movie "Pulp Fiction"


Chuck Berry oldies music
"You Never Can Tell"
Written and recorded by Chuck Berry

It was a teenage wedding, and the old folks wished them well
You could see that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle
And now the young monsieur and madame have rung the chapel bell,
"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They furnished off an apartment with a two room Roebuck sale
The coolerator was crammed with TV dinners and ginger ale,
But when Pierre found work, the little money comin' worked out well
"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They had a hi-fi phono, boy, did they let it blast
Seven hundred little records, all rock, rhythm and jazz
But when the sun went down, the rapid tempo of the music fell
"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They bought a souped-up jitney, 'twas a cherry red '53,
They drove it down to Orleans to celebrate the anniversary
It was there that Pierre was married to the lovely mademoiselle
"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell


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