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Chuck Berry

Berry in Örebro, Sweden on July 18, 2007.
Background information
Birth name Charles Edward Anderson Berry
Also known as Chuck berry
Born October 18, 1926 (1926-10-18) (age 81)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Genre(s) Rock and roll
Occupation(s) Guitarist, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Guitar, Vocals
Years active 1955 - present
Label(s) Chess
Mercury
Atco
Website http://www.chuckberry.com/
Notable instrument(s)
Gibson ES-335
Gibson ES-125

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Chuck Berry is an influential figure and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website, "While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together."[1] Cub Koda wrote, "Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none is more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers."[2] John Lennon was more succinct: "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."[3] Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the background The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum and institution in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated, as the name suggests, to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Michael Cub Koda (b. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...


Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 in a "class" with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plácido Domingo, Angela Lansbury, and Clint Eastwood. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Chuck Berry #5[4] on their list of The Immortals: The First Fifty.[5] He was also ranked 6th on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.[6] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... For the Russian athlete, see Aleksandr Baryshnikov. ... Plácido Domingo José Plácido Domingo Embil KBE (born January 21, 1941)[1] better known as Plácido Domingo, is a world-renowned operatic tenor. ... Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born October 16, 1925) is an English three-time Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-nominated, four-time Tony-winning and six-time Golden Globe-winning actress and singer best known for her work in film, her award-winning tenures on Broadway in such musicals as Mame, Gypsy... For other uses, see Clint Eastwood (disambiguation). ... This article is about the magazine. ...


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included three of Chuck Berry's songs (Johnny B. Goode, Maybellene, Rock & Roll Music), of the 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll.[7] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll is based on the permanent exhibit of the same name. ... Music sample Johnny B. Goode Problems? See media help. ... Maybellene is a song by Chuck Berry that tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. ...


He is one of the few performers besides Elvis Presley who is sometimes known as the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis redirects here. ... The King of Rock and Roll is a title many artists have tried to claim in the past. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life, and first arrest and conviction (1926-1947)

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA [8] Berry was the third child in a family of six. He grew up in the north St. Louis neighborhood known as "The Ville", an area where many middle class St. Louis blacks lived at the time. His father was a contractor and a deacon of a nearby Baptist church, his mother a qualified principal. His middle class upbringing allowed him to pursue his interest in music from an early age and he made his first public performance while still at Sumner High School.[9] St. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ...


In 1944, before he could graduate, he was arrested and convicted of armed robbery after taking a joy ride with his friends to Kansas City, Missouri. In his 1987 autobiography, Chuck Berry: The Autobiography, he retells the story that his car broke down on the side of a highway and, not having a way home, flagged down a passing car. Berry attempted to commandeer the man's car at gunpoint with a non functional pistol. The carjacked man called the police from a nearby pay phone who quickly pulled over Berry in the car and arrested him and his friends.[specify] Berry was released from the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men at Algoa, near Jefferson, Missouri on his 21st birthday in 1947.[10] Robbery is the crime of seizing property through violence or intimidation. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ...


Early career (1948-1955)

Chuck Berry had been playing the blues since his teens and according to the 1987 Taylor Hackford film "Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll,", and used both guitar riffs and grandstanding done earlier by jump blues player T. Bone Walker.[11] By early 1953 Berry was performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio, a band that played at a popular club called The Cosmopolitan, in East St. Louis, Illinois and whose namesake would become Berry's long-time collaborator. Although the band played mostly blues and ballads, the most popular music among whites in the area was hillbilly. Berry wrote, "Curiosity provoked me to lay a lot of our country stuff on our predominantly black audience and some of our black audience began whispering 'who is that black hillbilly at the Cosmo?' After they laughed at me a few times they began requesting the hillbilly stuff and enjoyed dancing to it." [12] Blues is a vocal and instrumental musical form which evolved from African American spirituals, shouts, work songs and chants and has its earliest stylistic roots in West Africa. ... Taylor Hackford (born December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American film director. ... Aaron Thibeaux Walker or T-Bone Walker (May 28, 1910 - March 16, 1975) was an American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and one of the most influential musicians of the early 20th century. ... East St. ...


Berry's calculated showmanship began luring larger white audiences to the club. He also began singing the songs of Nat "King" Cole and Muddy Waters. "Listening to Nat Cole prompted me to sing sentimental songs with distinct diction," he said at Blueberry Hill. "The songs of Muddy Waters impelled me to deliver the down-home blues in the language they came from. When I played hillbilly songs, I stressed my diction so that it was harder and whiter. All in all, it was my intention to hold both the black and the white clientele by voicing the different kinds of songs in their customary tongues." [13] Nat King Cole in The Blue Gardenia (1953) Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a hugely popular American singer and jazz musician. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ...


In May 1955, Berry traveled to Chicago where he met Waters himself, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records. Berry thought his blues material would be of most interest to Chess, but to his surprise it was an old country and western recording by Bob Wills, entitled "Ida Red" that got Chess's attention. In recent years, Chess had seen the blues market shrink and was looking to move beyond the rhythm and blues market, and he thought Berry might be that artist who could do it. So on May 21, 1955 Berry covered "Ida Red" (renamed "Maybellene") with Johnny Johnson, Jerome Green (from Bo Diddley's band) on the maracas, Jasper Thomas on the drums and blues legend Willie Dixon on the bass. "Maybellene" sold over a million copies, reaching #1 on Billboard's Rhythm and Blues chart and #5 on the Hot 100. [14][15] Leonard Chess (March 12, 1917 - October 16, 1969) was a record company executive, founder of Chess Records. ... The Chess Records logo, as featured on this Memphis Slim single. ... James Robert (Bob) Wills (March 6, 1905 – May 13, 1975) was an American country musician, songwriter, and big band leader. ... R&B redirects here. ... Maybellene is a song by Chuck Berry that tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. ... Bo Diddley (born December 30, 1928) aka The Originator, is an influential American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Willie Dixons style of blues was one of the inspirations for a new generation of music, rock and roll. ...


Ascent to stardom (1956-1959)

At the end of June 1956, his song "Roll Over Beethoven" reached #29 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. Roll Over Beethoven is a 1956 hit single by Chuck Berry // The song is notable as one of the earliest definitive rock and roll recordings. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ...


In 1956 Berry toured as one of the "Top Acts of '56". He and Carl Perkins became friends. Perkins said that "I knew when I first heard Chuck that he'd been affected by country music. I respected his writing; his records were very, very great." As they toured, Perkins discovered that Berry not only liked country music, but knew about as many songs, and Jimmie Rodgers was one of his favorites. "Chuck knew every Blue Yodel", and most of Bill Monroe's songs as well. Perkins remembered, "He told me about how he was raised very poor, very tough. He had a hard life. He was a good guy. I really liked him." [16] For other persons named Carl Perkins, see Carl Perkins (disambiguation). ... Jimmie Rodgers was the name of two singers: Jimmie Rodgers (country singer) Jimmie Rodgers (pop singer) Jimmie Rodgers (SPC Deputy Director General) Note that there was also a Jimmy Rogers (note the spelling), a blues singer born in 1924. ... For the retired NBC News correspondent of the same name, see Bill Monroe (journalist). ...


In the autumn of 1957 Berry joined the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and other rising stars of the new rock and roll to tour the United States. The hits continued from 1957 to 1959, with Berry scoring over a dozen chart singles during this period, including the top 10 U.S. hits "School Days," "Rock and Roll Music," "Sweet Little Sixteen," and "Johnny B. Goode." Author/producer Robert Palmer wrote that Berry’s songs tended to feature country and western inflected light blues melodies, along with plenty of guitar twang. He also had a taste for the "Spanish tinge", as in "La Juanda" and "Havana Moon". Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... For the Weezer song, see Buddy Holly (song). ... School Days is the title of several different works: School Days (song), a 1957 song by Chuck Berry School Days (1907 song), a popular song published in 1907 School Days (album), a 1976 album by Stanley Clarke School Days (game), an animation adventure game which spawned an anime adaptation. ... This article is about the song. ... Sweet Little Sixteen is the name of a Rock and Roll song written and sung by Chuck Berry. ... Music sample Johnny B. Goode Problems? See media help. ... Robert Franklin Palmer Jr. ... Country music, once known as Country and Western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... The phrase Spanish Tinge is a reference to the belief that a Latin American touch offers a reliable method of spicing the more conventional 4/4 rhythms commonly used in jazz and pop music. ...


Berry appeared in two early rock 'n' roll movies. The first was Rock Rock Rock, released in 1956. He is shown singing "You Can't Catch Me." [2] He had a speaking role as himself in the 1959 film Go, Johnny, Go! along with Alan Freed, and also shown performing his songs "Johnny B. Goode," "Memphis, Tennessee," and "Little Queenie." [17] This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


Second jail term (1959-1963)

Berry in Deauville France in 1987

By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star with several hit records and film appearances to his name, as well as a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis-based nightclub, called Berry's Club Bandstand. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 416 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2488 × 3580 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 416 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2488 × 3580 pixel, file size: 2. ...


But in December 1959, Berry encountered legal problems after he invited a 14-year-old Apache waitress whom he met in Mexico to work as a hat check girl at his club. After being fired from the club, the girl was arrested on a prostitution charge and Berry was arrested under the Mann Act. After a trial and retrial, Berry was convicted, fined $5,000, and sentenced to five years in prison. This event, coupled with other early rock and roll scandals such as Jerry Lee Lewis' marriage to his 13-year-old cousin and Alan Freed's payola conviction gave rock and roll an image problem that limited its acceptance into mainstream U.S. society. For other uses, see Apache (disambiguation). ... Whore redirects here. ... The United States White-Slave Traffic Act of 1910 prohibited so-called white slavery. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Payola, in the American music industry, is the illegal practice of payment or other inducement by record companies for the broadcast of recordings on music radio, in which the song is presented as being part of the normal days broadcast. ...


Career resurgence (1963-1965)

When Berry was released from prison in 1963, his musical career enjoyed a resurgence due to many of the British invasion acts of the 1960s — most notably the Beatles and the Rolling Stones — releasing cover versions of Berry's songs. Additionally, The Beach Boys' hit "Surfin' USA", while originally credited as composed by Brian Wilson, is in large part a direct copy of Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen". Berry has since been given full writer credit (both lyrics and music) on the track. For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... This article is about the rock band. ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of... Surfin U.S.A. is the title of a song written by Brian Wilson for The Beach Boys, set to the melody from Chuck Berrys Sweet Little Sixteen. ... For other persons named Brian Wilson, see Brian Wilson (disambiguation). ... Sweet Little Sixteen is the name of a Rock and Roll song written and sung by Chuck Berry. ...


In 1964–65 Berry resumed recording and placed six singles in the U.S. Hot 100, including "No Particular Place To Go" (#10), "You Never Can Tell" (#14), and "Nadine" (#23). No Particular Place To Go is a song by American singer-songwriter and guitarist Chuck Berry. ... You Never Can Tell is a rock song by Chuck Berry. ... Nadine may refer to: In literature and journalism: Nadine Gordimer (born 1923), Nobel and Booker Prize winning South African novelist and writer Nadine Baggott (born circa 1964), English journalist and beauty expert In music and the arts: Nádine (born 1982), South African singer Nadine Coyle (born 1985), singer in...


Exit and return to Chess (1966-1972)

In 1966 Berry left Chess Records, moving to the Mercury label.[18] During his brief time at Mercury, he recorded several albums, including an album of re-recordings of his Chess hits, and an album dominated by an 18-minute-long instrumental, "Concerto in B. Goode". For a variety of reasons—including changing musical tastes and different production techniques—the hits dried up for Chuck during the Mercury era. Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ...


He was still a top concert draw, however, and in July 1969 Berry was the headliner of the Schaefer Music Festival in New York City's Central Park, along with The Byrds, Miles Davis, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and Patti LaBelle. The Schaefer Music Festival was a music festival which had been held in the summers between 1967 and 1976 at the Trump Wollman Skating Rink in New York Citys Central Park. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres, 3. ... Not to be confused with The Birds (band). ... Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, widely considered to be one of the most influential of the 20th century. ... This article is about the band. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... The Beach Boys is an American rock and roll band. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... Patti LaBelle (born May 24, 1944) is an American R&B, soul singer and songwriter. ...


After a hitless four-year stint at Mercury, Berry returned to Chess from 1970 to 1973. Although his 1970 Chess effort Back Home yielded no hit singles, in 1972 Chess released a new live recording of "My Ding-a-Ling", a song Berry had initially recorded years earlier as a novelty track. The track became Berry's only No. 1 single, and it remains popular today. A live recording of "Reelin' And Rockin'" was also issued as a follow-up single that same year and would prove to be Berry's final top-40 hit in both the U.S. and the UK. Both singles were featured on the part-live/part-studio album "The London Chuck Berry Sessions" which was part of a series of several albums by that title which included other Chess mainstay artists Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. // My Ding-a-Ling was a 1972 novelty hit record for Chuck Berry, and his only U.S. number-one single on the pop charts. ... The London Chuck Berry Sessions is a Chuck Berry album which was released in 1972 under Chess Records. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin Wolf or sometimes, The Howlin Wolf, was an influential blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. ...


Berry's second tenure with Chess ended with the 1973 album Bio, after which he did not make a studio record for 6 years.


Touring as Chuck Berry, the legend (1970s)

In the 1970s Berry toured on the basis of his earlier successes. He was on the road for many years, carrying only his Gibson guitar, confident that he could hire a band that already knew his music no matter where he went. The All Music Guide has said that in this period his "live performances became increasingly erratic, [...] working with terrible backup bands and turning in sloppy, out-of-tune performances" which "tarnished his reputation with younger fans and oldtimers" alike. [3] The Gibson Guitar Corporation, of Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is a manufacturer of acoustic and electric guitars. ...


Among the many bandleaders performing this backup role were Bruce Springsteen and Steve Miller when each was just starting their careers. Springsteen related in the video Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll that Berry did not even give the band a set list and just expected the musicians to follow his lead after each guitar intro. Neither did he either speak to or thank the band after the show. Nevertheless, Springsteen backed Berry again when he appeared at the concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Springsteen redirects here. ... Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. ... Hail! Hail! Rock N Roll is a Chuck Berry live album which was released in 1987 under record label, MCA. The album was recorded live at The Fox Theatre, St Louis, Missouri and Berry Park, Wentzville, Missouri on October 6 and October 16, 1986. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...


Third jail term, White House performance and final studio album (1979)

Berry's type of touring style, traveling the "oldies" circuit in the 1970s — where he was often paid in cash by local promoters — added ammunition to the Internal Revenue Service's accusations that Berry was a chronic income tax evader. Facing criminal sanction for the third time, Berry pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to four months imprisonment and 1,000 hours of community service — doing benefit concerts — in 1979. Seal of the Internal Revenue Service Tax rates around the world Tax revenue as % of GDP Part of the Taxation series        IRS redirects here. ... Tax rates around the world Tax revenue as % of GDP Economic policy Monetary policy Central bank   Money supply Fiscal policy Spending   Deficit   Debt Trade policy Tariff   Trade agreement Finance Financial market Financial market participants Corporate   Personal Public   Banking   Regulation        An income tax is a tax levied on the financial income... This article contrasts tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax resistance and tax mitigation. ... A benefit concert is a concert featuring musicians, comedians, or other performers that is held for a charitable purpose, often directed at a specific and immediate humanitarian crisis. ...


At the request of Jimmy Carter, Chuck Berry performed at The White House on June 1, 1979. [18] Also in 1979, Berry released Rockit for Atco Records, his last studio album to date. For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... This page is about the official residence of the President of the USA. For other White Houses see White House (disambiguation). ... Atco Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, currently operating through WMGs Rhino Entertainment. ...


The post-studio era (1980-2000)

Berry continued to play 70 to 100 one-nighters per year in the 1980s, still travelling solo and requiring a local band to back him at each stop.

Berry performing live in 1997

In 1986, Taylor Hackford made a documentary film, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, of a celebration concert for Berry's sixtieth birthday. Keith Richards was the musical leader. Eric Clapton, Etta James, Julian Lennon, Robert Cray and Linda Ronstadt, among others, appeared with Berry on stage and film. During the concert, Berry played a Gibson ES-355, the luxury version of the ES-335 which he favored on his 1970s tours. Richards played a black Fender Telecaster Custom, Cray a Fender Stratocaster and Clapton a Gibson ES 350T, the same guitar Berry used on his early recordings. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 633 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1495 × 1416 pixel, file size: 151 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 633 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1495 × 1416 pixel, file size: 151 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Taylor Hackford (born December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American film director. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Hail! Hail! Rock N Roll is a Chuck Berry live album which was released in 1987 under record label, MCA. The album was recorded live at The Fox Theatre, St Louis, Missouri and Berry Park, Wentzville, Missouri on October 6 and October 16, 1986. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer, producer and founding member of The Rolling Stones. ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938) is an American blues, soul, R&B, and jazz singer and songwriter. ... John Charles Julian Lennon known universally as Julian Lennon, (born April 8, 1963 in Liverpool, England) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and first son of Beatle John Lennon and the only child of his first wife Cynthia Lennon. ... Robert Cray (foreground) Robert Cray (born 1 August 1953, in Columbus, Georgia) is a blues musician, guitarist and singer. ... Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American popular vocalist and entertainer who has earned multiple Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, numerous certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, and Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations. ... The Gibson ES-335 was the worlds first commercial semi-hollowbody electric guitar, released by Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1958. ... The Gibson ES-335 was the worlds first commercial semi-hollowbody electric guitar, released by Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1958. ... 1950s-style Telecaster with natural finish, with metal bridge cover removed. ... A Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard and three-tone sunburst finish. ...


One of the highlights in the film version was a testy exchange between Richards and Berry on how to set an amplifier for a guitar. Image Entertainment released a new version of the film in June 2006, which contains the original movie and bonus material such as rehearsals and documentaries. Image Entertainment is a major independent home entertainment distribution company. ...


Berry's business enterprises (1980s-1990s)

In the late 1980s, Berry owned a restaurant in Wentzville, Missouri, called The Southern Air.[19] He also owns a custom built estate in Wentzville, which he dubbed Berry Park. For many years, Berry hosted rock concerts throughout the summer at Berry Park. However, he eventually closed the estate to the public due to the riotous behaviour of many of the guests. Wentzville is a city located in St. ...


In 1990 Berry was sued by several women who claimed that he had installed a video camera in the ladies' bathrooms at two of his St. Louis restaurants. A class action settlement was eventually reached with 59 women on the complaint. Berry's biographer, Bruce Pegg, estimated that it cost Berry over $1.2 million plus legal fees. It was during this time that he began using Wayne T. Schoeneberg as his legal counsel. Video cameras are used primarily in two modes. ... St. ...


Writing credit dispute (2000)

In November 2000, Berry was sued by his former pianist Johnnie Johnson, who claimed that he co-wrote over 50 songs, including "No Particular Place to Go", "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven", that credit Berry alone. The case was dismissed when the judge ruled that too much time had passed since the songs were written. [20] Cover of Johnnie . ...


Current activities

Currently, Berry usually performs one Wednesday each month at Blueberry Hill, a restaurant and bar located in the Delmar Loop neighborhood in St. Louis. In the spring of 2008, Berry toured Europe, with stops in Sweden, England, Ireland, Switzerland and Spain. It was recently announced that he will play in the Virgin Mobile Music Festival 2008 in Baltimore, MD. Blueberry Hill, also called Blue Hill among regulars, is a restaurant and bar located in the Delmar Loop neighborhood in St. ... The Delmar Loop is an entertainment, cultural and restaurant district located on the western edge of Saint Louis, Missouri in the small city of University City, Missouri. ... St. ...


Influence

A pioneer of rock and roll, Chuck Berry was a significant influence on the development of early rock and roll guitar techniques and a major catalyst in the rhythm and blues to rock and roll transition. He was the first to define the classic subjects of rock and roll in his songwriting; cars, girls and school. His guitar style is legendary and many later guitar musicians acknowledge him as a major influence in their own style. When Keith Richards inducted Berry into the Hall of Fame he said, "It's hard for me to induct Chuck Berry, because I lifted every lick he ever played!". Richard Berry (no relation) drew on Chuck Berry's "Havana Moon" as an inspiration for his own song, the now classic "Louie Louie". John Lennon borrowed a line from Berry's "You Can't Catch Me" for his song "Come Together", and was subsequently sued by Berry's music publisher Morris Levy. Nevertheless, they became good friends and played together on more than one occasion, famously on the Mike Douglas Show. R&B redirects here. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Richard Berry (April 11, 1935–January 23, 1997) was an American singer and songwriter. ... Featuring covers of Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry songs and performances by Booker T & the MGs, Willie Nelson, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and also Carlos father Jose singing Vereda Tropical — a song Carlos had first heard when his father was serenading his mother following an argument. ... For the American singer, see Louie Louie (musician). ... You Cant Catch Me is a song written and performed by Chuck Berry, released as a single in 1956. ... For other uses, see Come Together (disambiguation). ... This article deals with contemporary popular music publishing. ... Morris Levy (August 27, 1927 - May 21, 1990) was an American music industry executive, who is best known as the owner of the record label Roulette Records. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Jerry Garcia, of The Grateful Dead, cited Chuck Berry as a major influence along with other musicians such as Wes Montgomery and Bill Monroe. The Grateful Dead have played and recorded "Johnny B. Goode", "Around and Around" - AKA - Reelin' and Rockin' and "Promised Land", at least and possibly others. Jerry Garcia performed "Let It Rock" on his **Compliments** - 1974. Both his and the Dead's efforts may have been a little more laid-back, because of the nature of their improvisational approach, but musically they were pretty much bang on the head of the nail. Jerome John Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American musician, songwriter, and artist best known for being the lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. ... Jerry Garcia later in life The Grateful Dead was an American rock band, which was formed in 1965 in San Francisco from the remnants of another band, Mother McCrees Uptown Jug Champions. ... John Leslie Wes Montgomery (6 March 1923 - 15 June 1968) was an American jazz guitarist and the grandfather of actor Anthony Montgomery. ... For the retired NBC News correspondent of the same name, see Bill Monroe (journalist). ... Jerry Garcia later in life The Grateful Dead was an American rock band, which was formed in 1965 in San Francisco from the remnants of another band, Mother McCrees Uptown Jug Champions. ... Music sample Johnny B. Goode Problems? See media help. ... Around and Around is a rock song written by Chuck Berry. ... Map of the Land of Israel as defined in the Bible The Promised Land (Hebrew: הארץ המובטחת, translit. ... Jerome John Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American musician, songwriter, and artist best known for being the lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. ... Garcias second solo LP. Includes one song by John Kahn and Robert Hunter but is otherwise covers. ...


Angus Young, of AC/DC, who has cited Berry as one of his biggest influences, is famous for using Berry's duck walk as one of his gimmicks. Angus Young (born on 31 March 1955) is a guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, known for his wild stage energy and schoolboy-uniform stage outfits. ... This article is about the band. ... Image:Duckwalking1. ...


Berry was also a large influence on such second generation rockers as The Who and Bob Dylan. The Beach Boys' hit "Surfin' USA" resembled Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" so closely that they were forced to give Berry a co-writing credit in order to avoid a lawsuit. In the 1980s, George Thorogood created a reasonable career out of what was essentially a Chuck Berry tribute show. Covering a number of Chuck Berry songs and appropriating the duckwalk, Thorogood toured relentlessly as a high-energy, rock and roll revival act. The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... The Beach Boys is an American rock and roll band. ... Surfin U.S.A. is the title of a song written by Brian Wilson for The Beach Boys, set to the melody from Chuck Berrys Sweet Little Sixteen. ... Sweet Little Sixteen is the name of a Rock and Roll song written and sung by Chuck Berry. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


While there is debate about who recorded the first rock and roll record, Chuck Berry's early recordings, including his cover of the 1938 country hit "Ida Red", entitled "Maybellene" (1955), are among the first fully synthesized rockabilly singles, combining blues and country music with lyrics about girls and cars. There are many candidates for the title of the first rock and roll record. ... Maybellene is a song by Chuck Berry that tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, and emerged in the early-1950s. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ...


Most of his famous recordings were on Chess Records with pianist Johnnie Johnson from Berry's own band and legendary record producer Willie Dixon on bass, Fred Below on drums, and Berry's guitar. It should be noted, however, that Lafayette Leake, not Johnnie Johnson, played the piano on "Johnny B. Goode", "Reelin' and Rockin'", "Sweet Little Sixteen", and "Rock and Roll Music". Additionally, Otis Spann played the piano on "You Can't Catch Me" and "No Money Down". Cover of Johnnie . ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Fred Below (September 6, 1926 - August 13, 1988) was a leading American rhythm and blues drummer, best known for his innovative work with Little Walter and Chess Records in the 1950s. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Music sample Johnny B. Goode Problems? See media help. ... Sweet Little Sixteen is the name of a Rock and Roll song written and sung by Chuck Berry. ... This article is about the song. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... You Cant Catch Me is a song written and performed by Chuck Berry, released as a single in 1956. ...


As quoted in the liner notes of Berry's album 28 Greatest hits, Leonard Chess recalled: Leonard Chess (March 12, 1917 - October 16, 1969) was a record company executive, founder of Chess Records. ...

"I told Chuck to give it a bigger beat. History, the rest, you know? The kids wanted the big beat, cars and young love. It was a trend and we jumped on it."

Clive Anderson wrote for the compilation Chuck Berry — Poet of Rock 'n' Roll: Clive Anderson (born 10 December 1952) is a former practising barrister turned successful comedy writer as well as a television and radio presenter in the United Kingdom. ...

While Elvis was a country boy who sang "black" to some degree ... Chuck Berry provided the mirror image where country music was filtered through an R&B sensibility.

Throughout his career Berry recorded both smooth ballads like "Havana Moon" and blues tunes like "Wee Wee Hours". He recorded more than a dozen Top Ten R&B chart hits, crossed over to have a strong impact on the pop charts with seven top ten U.S. pop hits and four top ten pop hits in the UK and he found his songs being covered by hundreds of blues, country and rock and roll performers. Featuring covers of Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry songs and performances by Booker T & the MGs, Willie Nelson, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and also Carlos father Jose singing Vereda Tropical — a song Carlos had first heard when his father was serenading his mother following an argument. ...


Berry was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording [1]. This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and...


In 2003, Rolling Stone named him number six on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. [21] Jimi Hendrix ranked #1 and appeared on the cover The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine, published in August 2003. ...


His compilation album The Great Twenty-Eight was also named 21st on the magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. [22]. The Great Twenty-Eight is the definitive Greatest Hits album by classic rock and roller Chuck Berry. ... Promotional Book Cover The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...


In 2004 six of his songs were included in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list, namely "Johnny B. Goode" (# 7), "Maybellene" (# 18), "Roll Over Beethoven" (# 97), "Rock and Roll Music" (#128), "Sweet Little Sixteen" (# 272) and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" (# 374). [23] This article is about the magazine. ... The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. ... Music sample Johnny B. Goode Problems? See media help. ... Maybellene is a song by Chuck Berry that tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. ... Roll Over Beethoven is a 1956 hit single by Chuck Berry // The song is notable as one of the earliest definitive rock and roll recordings. ... This article is about the song. ... Sweet Little Sixteen is the name of a Rock and Roll song written and sung by Chuck Berry. ...


Also in 2004, Berry was rated #5 in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and in 2008 his song Johnny B. Goode won first place in the 100 greatest guitar songs according to Rolling Stone Magazine.[24]


Chuck Berry songs

Many of his songs are among the leading rock and roll anthems:

  • "Johnny B. Goode" - the autobiographical saga of a country boy ("colored boy" in the original lyrics) who could "play a guitar just like ringing a bell". It was chosen as one of the greatest achievements of humanity for the Voyager I collection of artifacts. The song was also featured in the feature film Back to the Future; during the song, "Marvin Berry" calls his cousin "Chuck" and has him listen to Marty singing this song, telling him to listen to this "new sound". The band The Grateful Dead recorded this song in the 1970s. Judas Priest did so as well in the 80's. (Johnny Winter's version boasts "he could play a guitar like a bat out of Hell".) The song was also covered, under the name Bye Bye Johnny on the 1975 album On the Level by Status Quo
  • "Rock and Roll Music" - recorded by The Beatles on their 1964 album Beatles for Sale and by the Beach Boys on their 1976 album 15 Big Ones.
  • "Sweet Little Sixteen" - with new lyrics, became a hit for The Beach Boys as "Surfin' USA"
  • "Roll Over Beethoven" - and "tell Tchaikovsky the news" a battle yell for rock and roll. In 1973, new owners of New York City classical music station WNCN announced a change of format to rock and roll by interrupting a performance of the Mozart Requiem with "Roll Over Beethoven". The station's classical audience was so outraged they successfully petitioned the FCC to force a return to the previous format. [4]. The song is referred to in AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock"; the Beatles recorded it on their 1963 album With the Beatles with George Harrison singing the lead; Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra made an 8-minute version of this song for their 1973 album's ELO 2. The Sonics also covered the song on their album Here Are the Sonics.
  • "School Days" - its chorus, "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll", was chosen as the title of the documentary concert film organized by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones as his tribute to Chuck, who appears in the film with many others. It was also recorded by "hard" rock & roll band AC/DC on their second album, T.N.T. (Australia). Also, on an album by Matt Groenings "The Simpsons" called "The Simpsons Sing the Blues", a cover is made of this song as Bart Sing/Rapping.
  • "Let It Rock" - fantasia of gambling railroad workers that lives up to the title, written under the pseudonym E. Anderson. It is a rare performer who can turn a line like "There's an off-schedule train comin’ two miles out" into a Dionysian cry. It was famously covered by the Rolling Stones during their 1971 UK Tour and by Yardbirds on their Live at Craw Daddy Club album. Motorhead and the Jerry Garcia Band have also performed it.
  • "Around and Around" - describes how "the joint was rockin', goin' 'round and 'round." This song has been recorded by David Bowie, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, and Maureen Tucker of The Velvet Underground.
  • "Little Queenie" - covered by many artists, notably the Rolling Stones on the live album Get Yer Ya-Yas Out and in 2007 as a duet with Jerry Lee Lewis and Kid Rock on the Lewis DVD Last Man Standing Live. T. Rex borrows the line, "Meanwhile I'm still thinkin", at the conclusion of "Bang A Gong". David Bowie paraphrases the song in his tune The Jean Genie - Go, Go, Go, Little Genie. The British rock supergroup Queen references the song (and themselves) in the song "Now I'm Here" with the line "Go! Go! Go! Little Queenie!"

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  • The Great Twenty-Eight is Berry's definitive greatest hits album, but the two-CD Anthology set has better sound and provides a much more complete overview of his musical output.

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References in popular culture

  • In the 1985 film Back to the Future, One of the band members (Marvin Berry) is a cousin of Chuck Berry and Marty McFly anachronistically performs "Johnny B. Goode" at a 1955 school concert. Marty also uses the same guitar as Berry, a cherry red Gibson ES-345, even though the Gibson ES-335, 345 and 355 were not produced until 1958.
  • In the Saturday Night Live broadcast of April 22, 1978, Steve Martin appeared as a psychic in a mock news show entitled "Next Week in Review." His psychic character revealed that next week, Earth will receive the first official message from extraterrestrials (responding to the Voyager Golden Records). The message: "Send more Chuck Berry."
  • In the ABC mini-series Kingdom Hospital, the head maintenance person is named "Johnny B. Goode."
  • Dar Williams references Chuck Berry in her song "I Won't Be Your Yoko Ono," singing "and when he whispered old Chuck Berry only then would Yoko set him free."
  • The Toasters have a song called Chuck Berry about the musical genre ska. The lyrics say, "In their eyes where does Chuck Berry fit? Well he influences the Ska, that's the long and the short of it. He played his guitar and they heard it on the radio. And the rest is history, just as everybody knows...."
  • Gilberto Gil created a song Chuck Berry Fields Forever about the creation of rock and roll.
  • On the Match Game, as a tiebreaker, the contestants had to fill in the blank: "_____ Berry." One answer was "Chuck."
  • In a Proud Family episode, Sticky claims he was "going for the 'Chuck Berry' look."
  • The first line from "Come Together" by The Beatles is based on a line from Berry's

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Discography

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions
US Hot 100 US R&B UK
1955 "Maybellene" (A-Side) #5 #1
→ "Wee Wee Hours" (B-Side) #10
1955 "Thirty Days" #2
1955 "No Money Down" #8
1956 "Roll Over Beethoven" #29 #2
1956 "Too Much Monkey Business" #4
→ "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" (B-Side) #5
1956 "You Can't Catch Me"
1957 "School Days" #3 #1 #24
1957 "Oh Baby Doll" #57 #12
1957 "Rock and Roll Music" #8 #6
1958 "Sweet Little Sixteen" #2 #1 #16
1958 "Johnny B. Goode" #8 #2
1958 "Beautiful Delilah" #81
1958 "Carol" #18 #9
1958 "Sweet Little Rock and Roller" (A-Side) #47 #13
→ "Jo Jo Gunne" (B-Side) #83
1958 "Merry Christmas Baby" (A-Side) #71
→ "Run Rudolph Run" (B-Side) #69 #36
1959 "Anthony Boy" #60
1959 "Almost Grown" (A-Side) #32 #3
→ "Little Queenie" (B-Side) #80
1959 "Back in the U.S.A." (A-Side) #37 #16
→ "Memphis, Tennessee" (B-Side) #6
1959 "Broken Arrow" #108
1960 "Too Pooped To Pop (Casey)" (A-Side) #42 #18
→ "Let It Rock" (B-Side) #64 #6
1960 "Bye Bye Johnny"
1960 "I Got To Find My Baby"
1960 "Jaguar and Thunderbird" #109
1961 "I'm Talking About You"
1961 "Come On" (A-Side)
→"Go Go Go" (B-Side) #38
1963 "Diploma For Two"
1964 "Nadine (Is It You?)" #23 #7 #27
1964 "No Particular Place To Go" #10 #2 #3
1964 "You Never Can Tell" #14 #23
1964 "Little Marie" #54 #30
1964 "Promised Land" #41 #16 #26
1965 "Dear Dad" #95
1965 "It Wasn't Me"
1966 "Ramona Say Yes"
1967 "Laugh and Cry"
1967 "Back to Memphis"
1967 "Feelin' It"
1968 "Louie to Frisco"
1969 "Good Looking Woman"
1970 "Tulane"
1972 "My Ding-A-Ling" (live) #1 #42 #1
1972 "Reelin' and Rockin'" (live) #27 #18
1973 "Bio"
1975 "Shake, Rattle and Roll"
1979 "California"

Note that not all of Berry's UK singles were released in the same year as the initial US release, and not all of Berry's UK singles featured the same A-Side/B-Side configurations as in the US. “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... Maybellene is a song by Chuck Berry that tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. ... Roll Over Beethoven is a 1956 hit single by Chuck Berry // The song is notable as one of the earliest definitive rock and roll recordings. ... Too Much Monkey Business is a song by Chuck Berry. ... You Cant Catch Me is a song written and performed by Chuck Berry, released as a single in 1956. ... School Days is a song written by Chuck Berry. ... This article is about the song. ... Sweet Little Sixteen is the name of a Rock and Roll song written and sung by Chuck Berry. ... Music sample Johnny B. Goode Problems? See media help. ... Back in the U.S.A. is a song by Chuck Berry. ... Memphis, Tennessee is a song by legendary rock & roll singer-songwriter Chuck Berry. ... Come On is a song written and first released by Chuck Berry. ... No Particular Place To Go is a song by American singer-songwriter and guitarist Chuck Berry. ... You Never Can Tell is a rock song by Chuck Berry. ... Promised Land is a song originally recorded by Chuck Berry in 1965 (called The Promised Land) and covered by Elvis Presley on December 15 and December 16, 1973. ... // My Ding-a-Ling was a 1972 novelty hit record for Chuck Berry, and his only U.S. number-one single on the pop charts. ...


Billboard did not publish a separate R&B singles chart in 1964. For this year only, R&B chart positions are from Cashox magazine.


Studio albums

Now widely considered Chuck Berrys first album [1], Rock, Rock, Rock (Chess LP-1425) was originally marketed as a soundtrack album for the motion picture of the same name, which was not true. ... The Moonglows were an influental American R&B and doo wop group, featuring such legendary singers as Bobby Lester, Harvey Fuqua, Alexander Graves and Prentiss Barnes, along with guitarist Billy Johnson. ... This article is about the doo wop group. ... After School Session is a 1957 release by rock and roll legend Chuck Berry. ... One Dozen Berrys is Chuck Berrys second album. ... Chuck Berry Is on Top is a Chuck Berry album released in 1959 on Chess Records. ... Rockin At The Hops is a Chuck Berry album which was released in 1960 under Chess Records. ... New Juke-Box Hits is a Chuck Berry album which was released in 1961 under Chess Records. ... Chuck Berry Twist is a Chuck Berry album which was released in 1962 under Chess Records. ... Two Great Guitars - Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry is a Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry album which was released in 1964 under MCA Records. ... Bo Diddley (born December 30, 1928) aka The Originator, is an influential American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... St. ... Chuck Berry In London is a Chuck Berry live album which was released in 1965 under Chess Records. ... Fresh Berrys is a Chuck Berry album which was released in 1965 under Chess Records. ... From St. ... Concerto In B. Goode is a Chuck Berry live album which was released in 1969 under record label, Mercury Records. ... Back Home was released in 1970 under Chess Records. ... San Francisco Dues is a Chuck Berry album which was released in 1971 under Chess Records. ... The London Chuck Berry Sessions is a Chuck Berry album which was released in 1972 under Chess Records. ... Bio is a Chuck Berry album released in 1973 under Chess Records. ... Chuck Berry is a Chuck Berry album which was released in 1975 under Chess Records. ... A promotion poster for Rock-It 2005 Rock-It is an Australian music festival usually held twice every year at the Arena in Joondalup in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. ...

Live albums

Chuck Berry On Stage is a Chuck Berry live album which was released in 1963 under Chess Records. ... Live At The Fillmore Auditorium is a Chuck Berry live album which was released in 1967 under Mercury Records. ... The London Chuck Berry Sessions is a Chuck Berry album which was released in 1972 under Chess Records. ... Chuck Berry Live In Concert is a Chuck Berry live album which was released in 1978 . ... Live! is a Chuck Berry live album which was released in 2000 under Columbia Records. ... Live On Stage is a Chuck Berry album released in 2000 under Magnum Records. ...

Anthologies

  • Chuck Berry's Golden Decade (1967)
  • Chuck Berry's Golden Decade Vol. 2 (1973)
  • Chuck Berry's Golden Decade Vol. 3 (1974)
  • Chuck and His Friends (1974) (Disc 1 w/ 2 discs other artists)
  • Chuck Berry's Greatest Hits (1976)
  • The Best of the Best of Chuck Berry (1978)
  • Chuck Berry's 16 Greatest Hits (1978)
  • Chuck Berry All-Time Hits (1979)
  • The Great Twenty-Eight (1982)
  • 20 Hits (1983)
  • Reelin' Rockin' Rollin' (1983)
  • The Great Twenty-Eight (1984)
  • Rock 'N' Roll Rarities (1986)
  • The Chess Box (Box Set) (1988)
  • On the Blues Side (1994)
  • Roll Over Beethoven (1996)
  • Let It Rock (1996)
  • The Best of Chuck Berry (1996)
  • Guitar Legends (1997)
  • Chuck Berry - His Best, Vol. 1 (1997)
  • Chuck Berry - His Best, Vol. 2 (1997)
  • The Latest & The Greatest / You Can Never Tell (1998)
  • Live: Roots of Rock 'N' Roll (1998)
  • Rock & Roll Music (1998)
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chuck Berry (1999)
  • Johnny B. Goode (Legacy) (2000)
  • Anthology (2000)
  • Blast from the Past: Chuck Berry (2001)
  • Johnny B. Goode (Columbia River) (2001)
  • Crown Prince of Rock N Roll (2003)
  • Gold (2005) - Simply 2000's Anthology Repackaged
  • Volume 2 (Chuck Berry)

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See also

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References

  1. ^ Chuck Berry. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
  2. ^ Chuck Berry biography. allmusic. Retrieved on 2006-10-05.
  3. ^ Brainy Quote - John Lennon. Retrieved on 2006-10-05.
  4. ^ Chuck Berry. Joe Perry. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ The Immortals: The First Fifty. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  6. ^ The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Rolling Stone Issue 931. Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ The 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll
  8. ^ Chuck Berry
  9. ^ Weinraub, Bernard. [1] "Sweet Tunes, Fast Beats and a Hard Edge", The New York Times, February 23, 2003. Accessed December 11, 2007. "A significant moment in his early life was a musical performance in 1941 at Sumner High School, which had a middle-class black student body."
  10. ^ Chuck Berry
  11. ^ Cohn, Lawrence; Aldin,Mary Katherine; Bastin,Bruce [September 1993]. Nothing but the Blues: The Music and the Musicians. Abbeville Press, 174. 
  12. ^ Chuck Berry
  13. ^ Chuck Berry News
  14. ^ Chuck Berry
  15. ^ Chuck 1955-56
  16. ^ Go, Cat, Go! by Carl Perkins and David McGee 1996 pages 215,216 Hyperion Press ISBN 0-7868-6073-1
  17. ^ Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)
  18. ^ a b Chuck Berry
  19. ^ Chuck Berry
  20. ^ Rock pioneer Johnson dies aged 80. BBC News Online (2005-04-14). Retrieved on 2007-11-27.
  21. ^ The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time : Rolling Stone
  22. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time : Rolling Stone
  23. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time : Rolling Stone
  24. ^ The Immortals: The First Fifty : Rolling Stone

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External links

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  • Chuck Berry Project at Western Historical Manuscript Collection (University of Missouri-St. Louis)[[Category:Living people]
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