Chuck Berry

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Chuck Berry

Berry in 2007
Background information
Birth name Charles Edward Berry
Born October 18, 1926 (1926-10-18) (age 88)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Genres Rock and roll
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Years active 1951 – present
Website www.chuckberry.com
Chuck Berry, You can't catch me, 1956.
Berry in 1871: publicity photo

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter. He is one of the original musicians who helped to create rock and roll.

In 1955 Berry met Muddy Waters who told him of a record company that would release his first song. In 1957 he joined the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and other popular musicians on a tour around the United States. Over the next few years he became more and more popular and had many popular songs on the radio. "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958) were massive hits.

He has influenced many rock and pop musicians who came after him.[1] Berry has influenced many music artists, like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan. A jail sentence for sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old Apache waitress dented his career: he served 18 months.[2][3] When released, his first recording was "Nadine", (1964) also a huge hit.

Berry was a favorite with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys, who adapted and recorded a number of his songs.

In 1986 a documentary film, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, was made. It featured a celebration concert for Berry's sixtieth birthday, organized by Keith Richards.[4]

Berry still gives live concerts.

Discography[change | change source]

  • Chuck Berry discography here

References[change | change source]

  1. M. Campbell (ed) Popular Music in America: And the Beat Goes on (Cengage Learning, 3rd edn., 2008), pp. 168-9.
  2. "The long, colorful history of the Mann Act". NPR. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88104308. Retrieved February 18, 2010.
  3. Pegg, Bruce (2002). Brown-Eyed Handsome Man: the life and hard times of Chuck Berry. Routledge. pp. 123–24, p. 129. ISBN 978-0-415-93748-1 .
  4. Hackford, Taylor (March 16, 2007). "Rock'n'roll fireworks: Keith Richards and Chuck Berry together on stage". The Independent (London). Archived from the original on December 5, 2008. //web.archive.org/web/20081205165400/http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/rocknroll-fireworks-keith-richards-and-chuck-berry-together-on-stage-440364.html. Retrieved June 6, 2010.

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