With “Jaguar and Thunderbird” Charles Edward Anderson Berry, better known as Chuck Berry, invented rap music. Well, kinda. The verses sure sound like a rap. Of course Chuck B. wasn’t a b-boy in the Chuck D. kinda way. And “Jaguar and Thunderbird” is just a good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll song about a car race in the streets of Loudonville, NY. The coolness of the song was also noticed by a wide range of artists from The Troggs to Thee Headcoats and from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Mano Negra. They all covered it in their own unique way. But the semi-cool way Chuck Berry ‘raps’ the verses over a rollicking bar piano in the original version is unbeatable.
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