All-Star 'Johnny B Goode' Cover Helping To Fund Documentary

(The Blues) Sales of a star-studded cover version of Chuck Berry classic Johnny B Goode will help fund a planned documentary about the song. Grammy winners Michael McDonald and David Sanborn joined forces with producer and drummer Mike Mesey and guitarist Steve Scorfina for their new version of the track which also features piano by the late Johnnie Johnson, who inspired the song.

The version was recorded in New York, St Louis and Los Angeles and the seeds were sown years ago when Mesey asked Johnson to play piano on a recording of Johnny B. Goode. Johnson ended up providing the only studio recording of him ever playing the song.

Years after Johnson's death in 2005, Mesey heard a lap steel guitar performance by Scorfina, formerly of Pavlov's Dog and REO Speedwagon, and immediately thought of Johnson's piano tracks. They roped in McDonald, Sanborn and Jimmy Vivino to help complete the song. Read more here.

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