Roll Over BeethovenĀ 

lyrics by Chuck Berry (excerpt)

…Well, early in the mornin’ I’m a-givin’ you a warnin’

don’t you step on my blue suede shoes.

Hey diddle diddle, I’m playin’ my fiddle,

ain’t got nothin’ to lose.

Roll over Beethoven and tell Tschaikovsky the news.

Feel the joy here. (Where’s Ringo? Sick with tonsillitis. Jimmie Nicol sits in for him.) Gotta love the crazy dancin’ audience members (all men!) in this Dutch TV show the Beatles recorded on June 5, 1964.

Art: Todd Hanson, Haight Street, San Francisco (detail)