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"No Money Down"
Single by Chuck Berry
from the album After School Session
B-side" Down Bound Train"
ReleasedJanuary 1956 [1]
RecordedDecember 1955 [2]
Studio Universal Recording Corp. (Chicago) [3]
Genre Rock and roll
Label Chess
Songwriter(s)Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry singles chronology
" Thirty Days"
"No Money Down"
" Roll Over Beethoven"

"No Money Down" is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry in December 1955. The recording session at Universal Recording Corporation was organized by Chess Records following the success of " Maybellene" and " Wee Wee Hours" singles the same year. [2] "No Money Down" was first released as a single in January 1956, [1] with " Down Bound Train" on the B-side, reaching number 8 in the Billboard R&B chart. The song was later included into Chuck Berry's 1957 album After School Session.

"No Money Down" features a repeating stop-time riff similar to the one that had previously appeared in Willie Dixon's " Hoochie Coochie Man", Bo Diddley's " I'm a Man" and Muddy Waters's " Mannish Boy". [4] It tells a story, in great detail, of a man who enters a Cadillac showroom to trade in his Ford. [5] [4]


  1. ^ a b "45cat - Chuck Berry - No Money Down / The Downbound Train - Chess - USA - 1615". 45cat. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  2. ^ a b Rudolph, Dietmar. "A Collector's Guide to the Music of Chuck Berry: The Chess Era (1955–1966)". Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  3. ^ "The Chuck Berry Database Details For Recording Session: 20. 12. 1955". A Collector's Guide to the Music of Chuck Berry. Dietmar Rudolph. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Chuck Berry – No Money Down". Broaden Your Horizons — News, Info and Reviews About Rock Legends. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  5. ^ Collins, Thomas (August 2015). "Chuck Berry — Not So Much a Poet as a Storyteller". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved 2017-05-27.