Chuck Berry, "Tulane" (Greatest Song of All Time of the Day)

"Tulane" wasn't Chuck Berry's last great song -- that would be "Oh What a Thrill," from Rockit -- but it's awfully close. Recorded for Back Home, the 1970 album he recorded for his return to the Chess label after a few years at Mercury that we fans are still trying to forget, "Tulane" both sounds like classic Chuck (you have heard this guitar intro before) and completely up-to-date (it's about a head shop raid). On the album, Berry follows it with "Have Mercy Judge," one of his sharpest blues performances, the tale of what happened when Tulane got away from the cops but the singer didn't.


  1. The amazing Chris Smither does a great cover of Tulane on his 1991 album “Another Way to Find You.” Well worth finding and well worth the listen – although you may decide to chop your guitar into kindling after listening to Smither.

  2. Fantastic song, covered by a buddy for many years now, never got to hear the original, you tube is teh awesome.

  3. Backhome ( CHESS 1970 ) , c’est un des meilleurs lp de Chuck Berry , il est au niveau des faces Chess de 1963 .

  4. Absolutely LOVE this song, Chuck Berry’s original is great, but Joan Jett’s version had me at “Novelty Shop”. Also – and this is a tad crazy – I plan on naming any potential future daughter “Tulane”. Thanks CB and JJ!

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