Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.Chuck Berry in 1955. Originally released as the B-side of Berry's first single "Maybellene", it went on to become a hit, reaching #10 in the Billboard R&B chart.
The song is a twelve-bar blues that has been described as "a slow, sensuous blues featuring some exceptional piano from Johnnie Johnson". "Wee Wee Hours" was on Berry's original audition tape submitted to Leonard Chess in hope of landing a recording contract with the Chess label. Although it seemed like a good fit with the record company's blues roster, Chess was even more interested in the song that became "Maybellene", the song that launched Berry's career as a rock 'n' roll star.
Berry often performed the song live and it is included on the 1969 Chuck Berry Live in Concert album and in the 1987 film Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll with Eric Clapton.