New Juke Box Hits is the fifth studio album by rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, released in March 1961 by Chess Records. Unlike his previous four LPs, only two songs, "Little Star" backed with "I'm Talking About You", had been previously released on a 45 rpm single.

New Juke Box Hits
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1961 (1961-03)
GenreRock and roll
ProducerLeonard Chess, Philip Chess
Chuck Berry chronology
Rockin' at the Hops
New Juke Box Hits
Chuck Berry Twist
Singles from New Juke Box Hits
  1. "I'm Talking About You"
    Released: February 1961
  2. "Diploma for Two"
    Released: May 1963

The album was recorded and released while Berry was in the midst of legal difficulties, which led to his imprisonment in 1962. The adverse publicity from these legal problems affected sales of his records, and the previous single failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] Berry did not release another album of songs for over three years.

Legacy edit

William Ruhlmann in a retrospective review for AllMusic, feels that the distractions of his legal problems inhibited Berry, so the songs on this album compare unfavourably with his earlier albums.[1]

Track listing edit

All tracks composed by Chuck Berry except as noted.

Side one edit

  1. "I'm Talking About You" – 1:46
  2. "Diploma for Two" – 2:28
  3. "Thirteen Question Method" – 2:12
  4. "Away from You" – 2:38
  5. "Don't You Lie to Me" (Hudson Whittaker) – 2:02
  6. "The Way It Was Before" – 2:52

Side two edit

  1. "Little Star" – 2:45
  2. "Route 66" (Bobby Troup) – 2:45
  3. "Sweet Sixteen" (Joe Josea, B.B. King) – 2:45
  4. "Run Around" – 2:31
  5. "Stop and Listen" – 2:26
  6. "Rip It Up" (John Marascalco, Robert Blackwell) – 1:57

Personnel edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b William Ruhlmann. "Chuck Berry New Juke Box Hits".

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