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Chuck Berry?
17 February 2014
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Mincer Ray
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Chuck Berry! Ok, the Beatles used the "chugga-chugaa" riff of Chuck for many group and solo songs. (Covers dont count  ) Let's try to list them. Here is what I have off top of head: 

Revolution
Back in USSR
Come Together
Get Back
New York City
Move Over Ms. L
Hi Hi Hi
Junior's Farm

Get Out of The Way?

Helen's Wheels

Starting Over?

 
Others?

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17 February 2014
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Still trying to wrap my head around "chugga-chugga" but I think I get it. What about 'One After 909' – does that count?

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17 February 2014
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Zig said

Still trying to wrap my head around "chugga-chugga" but I think I get it. What about 'One After 909' – does that count?

He's talking about a really standard guitar chord change in early rock music. Probably the clearest example I can think of, and maybe the easiest to hear, is right at the beginning of "Smile Away" on the Ram album.

Not a bit like Cagney.
17 February 2014
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PeterWeatherby
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"I'm Down" is another example, during the chorus.

Incidentally, I don't think "Back In The USSR" counts. I'd have to listen again to hear if there's a guitar buried in the mix playing those chord figures, but from what I remember, that song just uses straight chords in a repeated eighth-note pattern.

Not a bit like Cagney.
18 February 2014
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Well, Back In The USSR is a humorous re-writing of Chuck Berry's Back in the USA (with a bit of Beach Boys' Surfin' USA thrown in -- though I think that is mostly McCartney acknowledging the fact that the Beach Boys version was a direct descendent of Chuck's Back in the USA as well as Sweet Little Sixteen).

Not sure about the chugga-chugga, but I Saw Her Standing There steals (borrows? pays homage?) Chuck Berry's rhythm from I'm Talking About You.

18 February 2014
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I might also suggest that the riff that you are talking about (if I'm understanding you correctly) is not Chuck's but had been part of blues music for quite some time before Chuck.

18 February 2014
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PeterWeatherby
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ivaughan said

I might also suggest that the riff that you are talking about (if I'm understanding you correctly) is not Chuck's but had been part of blues music for quite some time before Chuck.

Oh, definitely. It's used in a bunch of standard blues/rock type songs – Bill Haley used it, Elvis used it, Gene Vincent, etc.

Not a bit like Cagney.
18 February 2014
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Mincer Ray
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Oh, it has been around for a long time. It is basis of most blues and rockabilly.  But Chuck Berry sped it up a bit and it became part of his sound.  And the fabs certainly cribbed it a-hard-days-night-george-10

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18 February 2014
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Look man, they all ripped off Marvin Berry (Chuck's cousin).

18 February 2014
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ivaughan said

Not sure about the chugga-chugga, but I Saw Her Standing There steals (borrows? pays homage?) Chuck Berry's rhythm from I'm Talking About You.

Yeah, Paul is quite clear about his bassline being taken directly from that track.

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21 February 2014
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OneCoolCat said
Look man, they all ripped off Marvin Berry (Chuck's cousin).

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