Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry



Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, 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. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.[1]

Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947. After his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of the blues musician T-Bone Walker, Berry began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio.[2] His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess, of Chess Records. With Chess, he recorded "Maybellene"—Berry's adaptation of the country song "Ida Red"—which sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard magazine's rhythm and blues chart.[3] By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star, with several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis nightclub, Berry's Club Bandstand.[4] But in January 1962, he was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines.[2][5][6] After his release in 1963, Berry had several more hits, including "No Particular Place to Go", "You Never Can Tell", and "Nadine". But these did not achieve the same success, or lasting impact, of his 1950s songs, and by the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgic performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality.[2] His insistence on being paid in cash led in 1979 to a four-month jail sentence and community service, for tax evasion.

Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having "laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance."[7] Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine's "greatest of all time" lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 and 2011 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[8] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry's: "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", and "Rock and Roll Music".[9] Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.[10]



Berry Christmas
Berry Christmas is an album by musical artist Chuck Berry, released on December 15, 2017.
BD Music Presents Chuck Berry
BD Music Presents Chuck Berry is an album by musical artist Chuck Berry, released on September 29, 2017.
Lady B. Goode
Lady B. Goode is a song by musical artist Chuck Berry, released on May 24, 2017.
Wonderful Woman
Wonderful Woman is a song by musical artist Chuck Berry, released on April 26, 2017.

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Grammys 2018: Watch Highlight Performances Including Tributes to Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino
  –  January 29, 2018
The night featured a number of performances from nominees and more, including a touching tribute to Tom Petty, a barn-burning homage to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino ... own "Terrified" (with impressive young singer JD McCrary) and Taj Mahal and Keb ...
Chuck Berry-Fats Domino tribute at the Grammys misses the boat
  –  January 29, 2018
(Kevin Winter) On the surface it must have seemed logical to the Grammy show producers to serve up a combined posthumous salute to early rockers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. But the minimalist segment with guitarist-singer Gary Clark Jr. and New Orleans ...
The Latest: Chuck Berry's son reflects on Grammys tribute
  –  January 28, 2018
He says, "I don't think there's a guitarist on the planet who hasn't stolen or interpreted something from Chuck Berry." — Mark Kennedy (@KennedyTwits ... the minds of many entering the Grammy Awards. Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb calls Petty's music ...
Cardinal Releasing to produce Chuck Berry doc
  –  January 30, 2018
Goode” (1958). The feature documentary is made in collaboration with the musician’s widow, Thelmetta Berry, and the estate of Chuck Berry. Berry passed away at age 90 on March 18, 2017, in his St. Charles County, Missouri home as a result of cardiac ...
Chuck Berry's widow authorises biopic and documentary
  –  January 30, 2018
CHUCK BERRY'S widow has signed a deal to bring the iconic musician's life story to the screen in a documentary and biopic, music-news reports. Themetta Berry, who lost her husband of 68 years at the age of 90 in March last year (17) has signed a deal with ...
The Latest: Chuck Berry's son reflects on Grammys tribute
  –  January 28, 2018
30 p.m. Chuck Berry's son heartily endorsed the guitarist Gary Clark Jr. honoring his late father at the Grammys. Clark along with musician Jon Batiste will pay tribute to the late rock pioneers Berry and Fats Domino. Charles Berry Jr. says Clark is ...


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