‘Idol’ Winner Laine Hardy Delivers ‘Johnny B. Goode’ During ‘A Capitol Fourth’
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One of the most “American” songs to ever exist is “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry.
The now-classic rock and roll song was originally released in 1958, and was a huge hit. It reached the 8th spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and claimed the second spot on the Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart.
Although “Johnny B. Goode” is by definition, a rock song, it has been covered by artists of all genres. It is a favorite of country artists, and has been covered by everyone from Elvis Presley, to Buck Owens, to Conway Twitty.
More recently, the song was covered by country rocker Laine Hardy, who won the 17th season of American Idol.
Hardy delivered a standout performance of the song during Idol‘s “Showstopper” week, and earned great praise for it. The YouTube video of his performance has since earned well over 600,000 views.
So when Hardy was invited to perform at the Capitol Fourth concert on the 4th of July, he knew “Johnny B. Goode” would be the perfect song to sing.
Standing just mere steps away from the U.S. Capitol, Hardy entertained the crowd with his red-hot rendition of Berry’s classic hit. The camera often drifted to show the large crowd that had gathered to watch him perform, and people could be seen singing and grooving along to the music.
It seems that Hardy made a good impression with his performance! If you weren’t one of the lucky people that was there to see it live, you can check it out in the video below.
Performances like these prove why America picked Hardy to be their newest “Idol!”