This R&B song was written by Chuck Berry and
issued as the first recorded by him after he had been released in 1963 from
serving an 18 month prison sentence.
It is basically the story of a man noticing a lady he
thinks is the titular Nadine, who he describes in the song as his
“future bride”. He
then sets out on chasing her everywhere on various modes of transport, but
the song doesn’t have the happy ending a listener may want as he
never achieves his goal of reaching her.
After the song was released in February 1964 it
achieved No. 7 on the Billboard R& B Chart and No. 23 on the Billboard
Top 100. Across the Atlantic
it made it to No. 27 in the UK
chart and re-entered that same year to reach No. 43.
The single was issued with “O Rangutang” as the flip side and became the first
of five songs to achieve chart status for Chuck Berry in 1964, with the
others being “No Particular Place To Go”, “You Never Can
Tell”, “Little Marie” and “Promised Land”
respectively. It was also the
last year he charted until 1972 when he topped the charts all over the
world with “My Ding-a-Ling”.
The song has been heard on many of Chuck Berry’s
compilation albums and appeared in the movies and TV on the soundtracks of Cadillac Records, Cheech
& Chong’s The Corsican Brothers, My
Best Friend’s Birthday and The