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 He gave his first public performance in 1941 while still a student at Sumner High School.
1944 17 Years Old In 1944, while still a student at Sumner High School, he was arrested for armed robbery after robbing three shops in Kansas City, Missouri, and then stealing a car at gunpoint with some friends. … Read More


1947 - 1950 3 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 Billboards 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", touring the United States with the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and others. … Read More
1958 - 1962 4 More Events
1963 36 Years Old When Berry was released from prison in 1963, his return to recording and performing was made easier because British invasion bands—notably the Beatles and the Rolling Stones—had sustained interest in his music by releasing cover versions of his songs, and other bands had reworked some of them, such as the Beach Boys' 1963 hit "Surfin' U.S.A.", which used the melody of Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen".
1964 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964 and 1965 Berry released eight singles, including three that were commercially successful, reaching the top 20 of the Billboard 100: "No Particular Place to Go" (a humorous reworking of "School Days", concerning the introduction of seat belts in cars), "You Never Can Tell", and the rocking "Nadine". … 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 Rock It for Atco Records in 1979, 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 are the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000.


1990 - 1996 2 More Events
2002 75 Years Old On May 14, 2002, Berry was honored as one of the first BMI Icons at the 50th annual BMI Pop Awards. … Read More
2004 77 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In March 2004, Berry was ranked fifth on the list 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.
2009 82 Years Old He was ranked seventh on Time magazine's 2009 list of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time.
2011 84 Years Old During a concert on New Year's Day 2011 in Chicago, Berry, suffering from exhaustion, passed out and had to be helped off stage.
2014 87 Years Old In August 2014, Berry was made a laureate of the Polar Music Prize.
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