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Album: The Great Twenty-EightReleased: 1964Charted:
Chuck Berry was incarcerated in prison between October 1961 and October 1963 for bringing a 14-year-old Apache waitress across a state line. During his time in jail, Berry penned this along with other classic numbers such as "You Never Can Tell," "Promised Land" and "No Particular Place to Go." Marshall Chess, the son of Chess Records founder Leonard recalled to The Independent newspaper how Chuck Berry recorded this immediately after his release from jail: "I was his road manager in 1963 when he came out of prison and we were desperate because he was our biggest star. He came right from jail, looking raggedy. My dad gave me $100 and said, 'Take him down to State Street and get him some new clothes.' Then he came right back to our studio and recorded 'Nadine'."
The lyric tells of a man catching sight of a woman and spending the rest of the song trying to catch up with her. The narrative song structure, which featured a basic 4 verses with no bridge and the use of imagery ("coffee colored Cadillac") was an influence on many '60s songwriters.