- Twenty Flight Rock
Name = Twenty Flight Rock
B-side = "
Cradle Baby" ( Terry Fell)
from Album =
Released = 1957
Recorded = July 1956,
Gold Star Studios
Length = 01:38
Label = Liberty 55112
Writer = Eddie Cochran and
Chart position =
Last single ="
Drive In Show"
This single ="Twenty Flight Rock"
Next single ="
Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie"
"Twenty Flight Rock" is the name of a song originally performed and released in 1957 by
Eddie Cochran. Cochran's biographer notes Cochran was granted a co-writer credit, but no royalties, a standard ego-salving arrangement between publishers and performers who popularize other writers' songs. The writer and sole royalty recipient, Ned Fairchild, is Nelda Fairchild, a pioneering female songwriter for whom "Twenty Flight Rock" is just one of a hundred songwriter credits, BMI records show. Fairchild continues to perform and write in her 70s. She is the subject of a documentary due for 2008 release. Cochran's version was rockabilly-flavored, but artists of all genres would cover the song, including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Heinz, Montrose, psychobillygroups Tiger Armyand Zombie Ghost Trainand Brazilians Coke Luxe version, "Vigesimo Andar"
"Twenty Flight Rock" was recorded by Cochran in July 1956 at Goldstar Studio, with
Connie Smithon the bull fiddle and Jerry Capehart thumping a soup carton. Released in the United States (Liberty 55112) with " Cradle Baby" as a flipside, it was a moderate seller, but was more popular in Europe and had steady sales for a long period.
The song follows the
twelve-bar bluesformat, using the device of counting upwards "("One flight, two flight, three flight, four/six flight, seven flight, eight flight, more")" in the refrainin a manner similar to Rock Around the Clock. The lyrics end on a surprisingly morbid note relative to other pop musicsongs of the time.
The song triggered a significant moment in music history when in July
1957in Liverpool, Englanda nearly 17-year-old John Lennonwas impressed by the just 15-years-old Paul McCartney's ability to play the song on the guitar when they met at a church garden fete. The good impression that McCartney's performance of the song made on Lennon, led to him inviting McCartney to join The Quarrymen, the band that eventually evolved into The Beatles. On The Beatles Anthology, McCartney noted that: "I think what impressed him most was that I knew all the words."
Cochran performing "Twenty Flight Rock" appeared in the film "
The Girl Can't Help It", as a tongue-in-cheek example of the supposed lack of talent required to perform rock and roll.
Although the title of the song implies that the singer must climb 20 flights of stairs, in actuality he would only need to climb eighteen or nineteen flights (depending on whether or not the building has a 13th floor) to reach the stated 20th floor.
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