RICHARD: I’m a Chuck Berry man myself.
LORELAI: … Chuck Berry?
RICHARD: Yes, Chuck Berry. He was all the rage when I was in school.
LORELAI: So we’re talking pre-My Ding-a-ling?
Charles “Chuck” Berry (1926-2017) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician who was one of the pioneers of rock and roll, most famous for 1950s songs such as Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music, and Johnny B. Goode. Chuck Berry was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it opened in 1986, with his lyric structures, guitar riffs, and showmanship seen as laying the groundwork for modern rock and roll. He won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, and is regarded as one of the greatest rock musicians of all time.
My Ding-a-ling is a novelty song that was first written written and recorded by Dave Bartholomew in 1952, and covered by Chuck Berry in 1972. The song is about a child’s toy covered in silver bells – the “ding-a-ling” – which is constantly held and played with, but the song uses double entendre as most of the lyrics would still make sense if the “ding-a-ling” was actually a penis. It was Chuck Berry’s only single to get to #1.
Richard says he became of a fan of Chuck Berry because his songs were popular when he was at school: Richard would have been aged 12-15 when Berry became famous in the 1950s. Richard being a fan of Chuck Berry continued to be a feature of the the show throughout its run.