Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell 1964
“You Never Can Tell”, also known as “C’est La Vie” or “Teenage Wedding”, is a song written by Chuck Berry. It was composed in federal prison.
Released in 1964 on the album St. Louis to Liverpool and the single “You Never Can Tell” reached number 1 in October 1972.
The song briefly became popular again after the 1994 release of the film Pulp Fiction, directed and co-written by Quentin Tarantino. The music was played for a “Twist contest” in which Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) competed (and were the only contestants shown in the film). The music added an evocative element of sound to the narrative and Tarantino said that the song’s lyrics of “Pierre” and “Mademoiselle” gave the scene a “uniquely ’50s French New Wave dance sequence feel”.
Songwriter Chuck Berry
Producers Leonard Chess, Philip Chess