Chuck Berry

American musician 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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Elise LeGrow's 'Playing Chess' Honors Blues And R&B Greats
NPR - 6 days
The Canadian singer covers the Chess Records catalog, from Chuck Berry to Etta James, on her debut album. (Image credit: Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)
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Now available: same record we shipped to extraterrestrials in 1977
Fox News - 3 months
Somewhere out in the great abyss of space, an alien may be jamming to Chuck Berry this very moment.
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Congratulations To HuffPost Hill Editor Jared Kushner
The Huffington Post - 6 months
Steve Bannon’s departure will give him more time to do the things he loves: turning down invites to Matt Boyle’s LARP meetups and looking like Jabba the Hutt after gastric bypass surgery. So many awkward white dudes on the internet were enraged by Bannon’s dismissal you’d think a woman had offered an opinion about something. And a debate quickly ensued over whether Bannon resigned, was forced out or if Marty McFly so compellingly performed a Chuck Berry tune that Bannon’s presence in the White House dissolved completely. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, August 18th, 2017: BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - To quote the Facebook profile of virtually every irritating intern who only gets their quotes from “The West Wing,” ”When the fall’s all that’s left, it matters a great deal.″ More...
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What Chuck Berry's and Glen Campbell's final albums have to say about the end of the road
LATimes - 9 months
How should a legend be remembered? And whose decision should that be? These are a couple of the complicated questions raised by new albums out Friday from Chuck Berry and Glen Campbell, two important musical figures with long legacies to protect. “Chuck,” the first studio record in nearly four...
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The four-decade odyssey of Chuck Berry's swan-song album, 'Chuck'
LATimes - 9 months
It wasn’t supposed to take four decades to make what turned out to be Chuck Berry’s final album. In fact, very soon after the release of his 1979 work “Rock It,” one of the primary architects of the entire genre of rock ’n’ roll music started working on a follow-up at his home studio in his native...
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Months After His Death, Chuck Berry Gets His First Music Video
NPR - 9 months
A thrilling dance sequence unfolds at a high school sock hop to the gritty chug of Chuck Berry's "Big Boys." (Image credit: Courtesy of the artist )
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Chuck Berry Is Hailed as a Rock Trailblazer and a St. Louis Hero at His Funeral
New York Times - 11 months
The musician was honored in his hometown, with a service including letters from Paul McCartney and Bill Clinton and a rendition of “Johnny B. Goode.”
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Rock Hall inducts Pearl Jam, Tupac and Journey, pays tribute to Chuck Berry
Chicago Times - 11 months
Seattle rockers Pearl Jam, the late rapper Tupac Shakur and 1970s hitmaking band Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night. Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes were also part of the 2017 class inducted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which kicked...
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Before and After Chuck Berry
NYTimes - 11 months
An audio guide to Chuck Berry's influential hits — from what came before to what came after. Listen to the sound of rock ’n’ roll being made.
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Music News: Chuck Berry, SoundCloud, Kendrick Lamar
NPR - 11 months
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with NPR Music editors Jacob Ganz and Andrew Flanagan about the latest in music news — a new album by the late Chuck Berry, the streaming service SoundCloud survives bankruptcy, the curious case of a hoaxster and the latest from Kendrick Lamar.
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Chuck Berry wasn't just a god onstage — he was one onscreen too
LATimes - 11 months
When Chuck Berry died on March 18, plenty was written about the rock ’n’ roll icon’s musical achievements. But as profound an impact as Berry had on the music world — indeed, the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and pretty much every other rock musician credits him as an influence — it’s easy to overlook...
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Popcast: How Chuck Berry Became a Rock ’n’ Roll Mastermind
NYTimes - 11 months
He wrote the guitar licks, told the clever stories, duckwalked across the stage and forever changed popular music. A discussion of Mr. Berry’s evolution as an artist, on Popcast.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chuck Berry
  • 2014
    In August 2014, Berry was made a laureate of the Polar Music Prize.
  • 2011
    During a concert on New Year's Day 2011 in Chicago, Berry, suffering from exhaustion, passed out and had to be helped off stage.
  • 2009
    He was ranked seventh on Time magazine's 2009 list of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time.
  • 2008
    In June 2008, his song "Johnny B. Goode" ranked first in the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time".
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    In mid-2008, he played at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, Maryland.
    In 2008, Berry toured Europe, with stops in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland and Spain.
  • 2004
    In December 2004, six of his songs were included in "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time": "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).
    In March 2004, Berry was ranked fifth on the list of "The Immortals – The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
  • 2002
    On May 14, 2002, Berry was honored as one of the first BMI Icons at the 50th annual BMI Pop Awards.
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  • 1996
    Berry regularly performed one Wednesday each month at Blueberry Hill, a restaurant and bar located in the Delmar Loop neighborhood of St. Louis, from 1996 to 2014.
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  • 1990
    In 1990 he was sued by several women who claimed that he had installed a video camera in the ladies' bathroom.
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  • 1984
    Among the honors Berry has received are the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000.
  • 1979
    Facing criminal sanction for the third time, Berry pled guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to four months in prison and 1,000 hours of community service—performing benefit concerts—in 1979.
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    At the request of Jimmy Carter, Berry performed at the White House on June 1, 1979.
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  • 1975
    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.
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  • 1970
    There were no hit singles from the 1970 album Back Home, but in 1972 Chess released a live recording of "My Ding-a-Ling", a novelty song which he had recorded in a different version as "My Tambourine" on his 1968 LP From St. Louie to Frisco.
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    Berry returned to Chess from 1970 to 1973.
  • 1969
    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.
  • 1964
    While this was not a successful period for studio work, Berry was still a top concert draw. In May 1964, he had made a successful tour of the UK, but when he returned in January 1965 his behavior was erratic and moody, and his touring style of using unrehearsed local backing bands and a strict nonnegotiable contract was earning him a reputation as a difficult and unexciting performer.
    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".
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  • 1963
    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".
  • 1962
    After another appeal failed, Berry served one and one-half years in prison, from February 1962 to October 1963.
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  • 1960
    After a two-week trial in March 1960, he was convicted, fined $5,000, and sentenced to five years in prison.
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  • 1959
    But in December 1959, he was arrested under the Mann Act after allegations that he had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old Apache waitress, Janice Escalante, whom he had transported across state lines to work as a hatcheck girl at his club.
  • 1958
    His performance of "Sweet Little Sixteen" at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958 was captured in the motion picture Jazz on a Summer's Day.
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  • 1957
    The hits continued from 1957 to 1959, with Berry scoring over a dozen chart singles during this period, including the US Top 10 hits "School Days", "Rock and Roll Music,", "Sweet Little Sixteen", and "Johnny B. Goode".
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    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.
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  • 1956
    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".
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  • 1955
    On May 21, 1955, Berry recorded an adaptation of the "Ida Red", under the title "Maybellene", with Johnnie Johnson on the piano, Jerome Green (from Bo Diddley's band) on the maracas, Jasper Thomas on the drums and Willie Dixon on the bass. "Maybellene" sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard magazine's rhythm and blues chart and number five on its Best Sellers in Stores chart for September 10, 1955.
    In May 1955, Berry traveled to Chicago, where he met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess, of Chess Records.
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  • 1953
    By early 1953 Berry was performing with Johnnie Johnson's trio, starting a long-time collaboration with the pianist.
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  • 1950
    He was doing well enough by 1950 to buy a "small three room brick cottage with a bath" on Whittier Street, which is now listed as the Chuck Berry House on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • 1948
    Berry married Themetta "Toddy" Suggs on October 28, 1948, who gave birth to Darlin Ingrid Berry on October 3, 1950.
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  • 1947
    Berry was released from the reformatory on his 21st birthday in 1947.
  • 1944
    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.
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  • 1941
    He gave his first public performance in 1941 while still a student at Sumner High School.
  • 1926
    Born on October 18, 1926.
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