My wife and I went out tonight, and spent the last hour or so at a neighborhood restaurant that features live music on the weekends. And at some point the band leader took out a tiny recorder and said “We’re going to record it. It’s the only way we’ll get better. Not that I’m going to listen to this. But someday when the biographies are written…”
It was a pretty funny.
Then Rebecca said “Imagine if Chuck Berry had recorded his first shows!”
And it hit me.
Who’s the man who recorded “Memphis” at his office?
What did he take to Chicago?
Who wore the same $8 trousers at least 25 years?
Who’s the guy with the list of all the shows he’s ever played?
THE GUY WHO RECORDED SHOWS AT THE COSMOPOLITAN!
And he’s still got the tapes! (That's the speculation. Sheer and unadulterated.)
I’m betting he’s still got Ida Red—the one he played for Leonard Chess in 1955!
I'm betting there are shows recorded before "Maybellene," with blues and country and Louis Jordanesque material.)
Like an early draft of the Mona Lisa.
Oh, please let it be true!
And if it is-- oh please, let us hear it.