… the sincerest form of flattery… or not. Today in rock history, in 1963, "Surfin' U.S.A.," the Beach Boys' thinly veiled rewrite of "Sweet Little Sixteen," enters the Top 40 at a time when Chuck Berry is serving a term in a federal penitentiary for violating the Mann Act. Berry later sues for and receives a co-writing credit on "Surfin' U.S.A." Well, excuuuse me! It’s well known in rock and roll music (and just about everywhere else) that everybody steals from everybody else –for example, I have been known to lift all of my chord progressions for my tunes from Buddy Holly, but then again, I need all the help I can get! Let’s listen to the two back to back and you be the judge! Check out all that (what is now vintage) tweed Fender equipment used by the Beach Boys...and, Chuck Berry with a clarinet solo? Crazy, man! Thanks to http://rockhall.com/story-of-rock/today-in-rock/ for the info, and keep on rockin’!