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Rock and Roll King, Chuck Berry
As a songwriter, guitarist and performer, Chuck Berry shaped rock and roll.
Inside this tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, find his most classic music videos, Chuck Berry quotes and little known facts about the man and his life.
It was Chuck Berry who fused many elements of blues, jazz and country into this unique sound he created that became the roots of rock music from that time forward.
Chuck took the guitar from a supporting instrument to flat out front stage serious lead guitar musical entertainment!
image: adapted from Amazon "Hail Hail Rock and Roll" CD set (link below).
Chuck Berry Dies at age 90
Still rocking and rolling til the end, Chuck Berry died in his home on March 18, 2017. First responders came to his home near St, Louis, MO on a medical emergency call. They found an unresponsive man and administered lifesaving techniques, but the King of Rock and Roll was pronounced deceased at 1:26 PM.
- Rock 'n Roll legend Chuck Berry has died at 90 | KSDK.com
According to the St. Charles County Police Department, legendary musician Chuck Berry has died.
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Rolling Stone Magazine Hails Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry has definitely earned his place in the Top 5 of the Rolling Stone list of The Immortals.
In 2004 six of his songs found their way onto their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, though these are only small number of the total which have been popular over the last 50 years.
In 2004 these top six included: Johnny B. Goode, Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven and Sweet Little Sixteen.
Chuck Berry Became Wildly Popular during the 1960s
"The Eternal Teenager"
Much of Chuck Berry's incredible success was due to his ability to relate to the concerns and attitudes of his audience in his music. At the height of his success, Berry was a 30-year-old black man singing to a mostly white, teenage audience - earning him the nickname the 'Eternal Teenager' from fans.
Berry's knowledge of the pop market made it possible for him to break color barriers and play to an integrated audience. Chuck Berry mixed blues and country with a witty defiant teen outlook into sounds and rebellious lyrics that vitally influenced every rock musician in his wake.
Berry's music was the inspiration in the 1960s and 1970s for such groups as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Berry had a number of wildly successful recordings, but surprisingly only one "My Ding-A-Ling" made it to the top of the pop music charts in 1972.
The time came when no other rock guitarist was taken seriously unless he could play Chuck Berry tunes. From his infamous 'duck walk' to other crowd pleasing stage antics, Chuck didn't just play music, he performed on stage and the crowd LOVED it!
As a stage performer, no one could out-rock Chuck Berry. Hail Hail Rock and Roll!
ROCKIN the House to Johnny B. Goode !!!
Chuck Berry on stage with Bruce Springstein and Clarence Clemmons
ALL on stage at the same time -->> Priceless!!!
One HOT performance with Springsteen at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995!!!
This one is this author's all time personal favorite Chuck Berry stage performance! Chuck was nearly 70 years old at that time, hard to believe. HIGH energy.
More Classic Chuck Berry on Stage Videos
Just a few of MANY
Chuck Berry concert classics.
- Roll Over Beethovan ==>
- Sweet Little Sixteen
- Hail Hail Rock and Roll
- Reelin Rockin & Rollin til the Break of Dawn
Sweet Little Sixteen
"Nadine" Chuck Berry with Keith Richards
Reelin Rockin ROLLIN Til the Break of Dawn
Chuck Berry Career Highlights
- First singer/songwriter of 1955
- First guitarist/singer to get on Billboard charts
- Directly inspired great rock icons The Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley
- United blacks and whites by producing music that appealed to everyone
- His single "Johnny B. Goode" made the top 10 in 1958
- Had the number one single in 1972 with "My Ding-a-ling"
- Performed for President Jimmy Carter at the White House in 1975
- Was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
- Released his autobiography in 1987
- "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" made its debut in 1987
- Berry performed "Johnny B. Goode" with Bruce Springsteen at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995
- No individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, however Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together.
HAIL HAIL Rock and ROLL!
Amen Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry Quotes
What has been said about the KING of rock and roll?
"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.— John Lennon
"[My mama] said you and Elvis are pretty good, but you're no Chuck Berry.'"— Jerry Lee Lewis
"All of Chuck's children are out there playing his licks."— Bob Seger 'Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets' (lyrics)
"There's only one true king of rock 'n' roll. His name is Chuck Berry."— Stevie Wonder
"Elvis might still reign as the king of rock'n' roll, but Chuck Berry clearly invented the form."— Library Journal
Chuck Berry ...LATER in LIFE
Chuck Berry is still rockin' after all these years.
A businessman as well as a musician, Chuck also was owner of a restaurant called The Southern Air. It was just west of St. Louis in in the suburb of Wentzville, Missouri.
Unfortunately, Chuck's later life was marked with some controversy including a couple of jail terms, one for tax evasion and the other...well it had to do with illegal activity with a young girl.
Saint Louis, Missouri remains his home and even though he is now in his 80s (born in 1926), he still performs in St. Louis regularly at 'Blueberry Hill'.
Chuck has remained lifelong friends with Jim Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill, and plays there in a venue named for him called The Duck Room. He also plays now and then at The Pageant, which is a larger concert venue just down the street from Blueberry Hill in the University City Loop. The Pageant is also owned by Jim Edwards.
image: CrossCreations - Blueberry Hill 2009
Chuck in 2012 Johnny Be Goode - Still performing at age 85!
On the Cover of Rolling Stone
CHUCK Concert DVD Collection - HAIL HAIL Rock and Roll!
The unforgettable life and music of pioneering legend Chuck Berry are celebrated in this landmark feature film, capturing a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of rock and roll's finest!
In 1986, Keith Richards invited a roster of musicians to honor Berry for an evening of music to commemorate his 60th birthday.
This outstanding event includes performances by:
Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Rondstadt, Etta James and Julian Lennon, along with footage of an unforgettable duet by Chuck and John Lennon! Also featuring interviews with many of the original creators of rock and roll: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Bo Diddley, The Everly Bros, and Willy Dixon.
ROCKING EXTRAS! 54 minutes of never-before-seen Chuck Berry rehearsals in DTS and 5.1 audio, featuring Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Johnnie Johnson, Chuck Lavell and Etta James! "Witness to History," featuring Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry together for the first time.
"The Burnt Scrapbook," with Chuck Berry and Robbie Robertson revealing the remains of Chuck's collection of musical memories; "Chuckisms," a collection of classic Chuck Berry remarks; "Witness to History 2," an amazing 3-and-a-half hour look at the birth of rock music with Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and more!
This dynamite crowd pleaser from director Taylor Hackford (Ray) will keep your toes tapping and your soul rocking all night long!
Chuck Berry Biography
The ONLY biography on Chuck Berry in print!
This author put a staggering amount of research into this detailed account of Chuck Berry's life in St. Louis as a youth as well as concert tours and other ventures later in life.
Beyond being well-known as a gifted guitarist, Berry was also a serious businessman in his younger years. Interviews with friends and associates shed light on a few shadows that Berry was reluctant to reveal, including some jail time.
The author also examines each of Berry's records in depth, tracing the development of his groundbreaking blend of blues, hillbilly, and jazz.
The Chuck Berry Autobiography - The king of rock and roll tells his own story.
Chuck Berry Autobiography
Another story of Chuck Berry's life, this one written by the man himself, the founder of Rock and Roll.
The story takes us through everything from his invention of the "Duck Walk" to his inspiration for "Johny Be Good".
He is not only a wild man on stage but off the stage as well.
This book gives the reader a first hand look into the life of a complicated man.
He could play a guitar just like ringing a bell.
Says Kieth Richards about Chuck Berry...
One more quote about Chuck Berry...
"Chuck Berry was always the epitome of rhythm and blues playing, rock and roll playing. It was beautiful, effortless and his timing was perfection. He is rythym supreme.
He plays that lovely double-stringed stuff... which I'm still getting the hang of. Later I realized why he played that way, it was because of the sheer size of the man. I mean, he makes one of those huge Gibsons look like it was a ukulele!"
~ Kieth Richards of the Rolling Stones
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