This was Berry's second single, after "Maybellene
." Officially titled "Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)," it is usually alluded to as simply "Thirty Days." According to Berry's piano player and collaborator Johnnie Johnson in Bruce Pegg's unauthorized biography Brown Eyed Handsome Man...
, like the B-Side "Together (We Will Always Be)," this track was written by Berry while they were on the road, and recorded in haste at Chicago.
"I don't think that it took more than an hour for each one," he said.
An attempt to reproduce "Maybellene," it was released on the Chess label, made #8 on the R&B chart, but never troubled the Hot 100, and was soon covered by Ernest Tubb on Decca.
Alexander Baron - London, England