Chuck Berry


Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B.

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1926 Birth Born on October 18, 1926.


1941 14 Years Old His middle class upbringing allowed him to pursue his interest in music from an early age and he gave his first public performance in 1941 while still at Sumner High School.
1944 17 Years Old Just three years later, in 1944, while still at Sumner High School, he was arrested and convicted of armed robbery after robbing three shops in Kansas City and then stealing a car at gunpoint with some friends. … Read More


1947 - 1950 2 More Events
1953 26 Years Old By early 1953 Berry was performing with Johnnie Johnson's trio, starting a long-time collaboration with the pianist. … Read More
1955 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1955, Berry traveled to Chicago where he met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records. … Read More
1956 29 Years Old At the end of June 1956, his song "Roll Over Beethoven" reached number 29 on the Billboard Top 100 chart, and Berry toured as one of the "Top Acts of '56." … Read More


1957 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 1957, Berry took part in Alan Freed's "Biggest Show of Stars for 1957" United States tour with the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and others. … Read More
1958 - 1959 2 More Events
1960 33 Years Old After an initial two-week trial in March 1960, Berry was convicted, fined $5,000, and sentenced to five years in prison.
1961 34 Years Old Berry's appeal that the judge's comments and attitude were racist and prejudiced the jury against him was upheld, and a second trial was heard in May and June 1961, which resulted in Berry being given a three-year prison sentence.
1962 35 Years Old After another appeal failed, Berry served one and one half years in prison from February 1962 to October 1963. … Read More
1963 36 Years Old When Berry was released from prison in 1963, he was able to return to recording and performing due to the British invasion acts of the 1960s—most notably the Beatles and the Rolling Stones—having kept up an interest in his music by releasing cover versions of his songs; along with other bands reworking his songs, such as the Beach Boys 1963 hit "Surfin' U.S.A." based on Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen".
1964 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964–65 Berry released eight singles, including three, "No Particular Place to Go" (a humorous reworking of "School Days" concerning the introduction of car seat belts), "You Never Can Tell", and the rocking "Nadine," which achieved commercial success, reaching the top 20 of the Billboard 100. … Read More


1969 42 Years Old He also played at large events in North America, such as the Schaefer Music Festival in New York City's Central Park in July 1969, and the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival in October.
1970 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Berry returned to Chess from 1970 to 1973.
1975 48 Years Old Berry's second tenure with Chess ended with the 1975 album Chuck Berry, after which he did not make a studio record until 1979's Rock It for Atco Records, his last studio album to date. … Read More


1979 52 Years Old 1 More Event
At the request of Jimmy Carter, Berry performed at the White House on June 1, 1979. … Read More
1984 57 Years Old Among the honors Berry has received, have been the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000, and being named seventh on Time magazine's 2009 list of the 10 best electric guitar players of all-time.


1990 - 2002 3 More Events
2004 77 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The following year, in March 2004, Berry was ranked fifth out of "The Immortals – The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
In 2008, Berry toured Europe, with stops in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland and Spain.
2011 84 Years Old During a New Year's Day 2011 concert in Chicago, Berry, suffering from exhaustion, passed out and had to be helped off stage. … Read More
2014 87 Years Old In August 2014, Berry was made a laureate of the Polar Music Prize.
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