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The Best Of Times : Remembering Chuck Berry : Written In Rhyming Fashion

Updated on March 23, 2017

Gone But Not Forgotten

Chuck Berry went to rockabilly heaven at the ripe old age of ninety

There to greet him will be the earthly greats and our heavenly Father ' The Almighty '

Chuck Berry was a jammin' guitar player, a true rock n roll pioneer who duck- walked across the stage and right into my teenage soul

Just like Elvis, he was one-of-a-kind with his knee squatting rock n roll

I'm sure Elvis will be there to welcome him, singing my favorite song, Kentucky Rain

My tears flowed the day Elvis died, never to hear his sweet voice again

I can envision Michael J. climbing down from a twinkling swinging star

Hugging Chuck, moon-walking, telling him how he learned to dance, watching him from afar

Marvin Gaye will greet him. He knew he was coming cos' He Heard It Through The Grapevine

Then Jimi Hendrix will be jammin', Will You Be Mine?




Janis Joplin will be singing, Me And Bobby Mcgee

Otis Redding is heard in the background singing, Bring It On Home To Me

John Denver's, Rocky Mountain High

Literally lit up the sky

Whitney will come a runnin' Singing, I will Always Love You

Soon the country greats will join in too

George Jones, Merle Haggart, Johnny Cash just to name a few

A heavenly reunion, clouds dancing to music, filling the heavens with music so beautifully

I sure do miss 'em all

But just knowing they're all together, jammin' and having a get-together ball

Makes losing them so much easier, and knowing they've joined the heavenly chorus

Makes my final Carriage ride much happier and a reason to smile and rejoice.

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      MizBejabbers 4 weeks ago

      What a wonderful walk down Memory Lane, Ruby. I loved 'em all, and even had the privilege of playing some of them during my days in radio. I miss them, too. (Telling my age here.) Chuck Berry was one of those who taught me to dance, along with Bill Haley, Fats Domino and Carl Perkins, and of course, Elvis. I love your last lines about making your carriage ride easier. I think they will make it easier for all of us. Don't you hope we meet up with them!

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      Louise Powles 4 weeks ago from Great Yarmouth

      That's a lovely tribute. RIP Chuck. I loved his music. I'm also a huge fan of Elvis. I cried when he died too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello MiZ. I think I told my age, but it was the best time! Dancing at the shack. ( A place where we hung out ) putting nickels in the jukebox. Girls dancing with girls, having a ball. I'm glad this piece was a walk down memory lane. Thank you for coming...

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Ruby - a slight tear in my eye, hair on end and goosebumps. You just exposed my life. Thanks I needed that.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Louise. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who cried when Elvis died. And I'm happy you liked Chuck Berry. He was what rock n roll was all about. I miss the greats who have left us. Thank you for coming....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. Wasn't that the best time? Everyone living their dream's. Living free, hurting no one. Thanks for telling me you had a tear in your eye, so did I. Thank you for coming....

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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

      Aw that was awesome Ruby! love the Marvin Gaye quote about hearing through the grapevine! what a wonderful poem to these all time greats!

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      manatita44 4 weeks ago from london

      I'm scared Ruby.

      So many of them gone! Excellent take and great imagination. Nice!

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      Gwenneth Leane 4 weeks ago from Glen Osmond, Adelaide, South Australia Australia

      I appreciate how you have illustrated your your rhyming tribute to Chuck Berry.

      You have produced a veritable Hall of Fame.

      Well done for an imaginative presentation

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell. I Heard It Through The Grapevine is one of my all time favorites. Marvin Gaye was one of the very best. So happy you enjoyed this piece. Thank you for coming...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita, I know, we're aging. I really didn't think Chuck was that old. Time flies. Don't be afraid, we have much more writing to do. Thanks for coming...Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gwenneth, So nice to meet you, and thank you for the compliment. Happy you came to read my piece. Cheers..

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      Maria Jordan 4 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh my heavens, this rendition of Johnny B. Goode is downright delicious, dear Ruby.

      I just heard (through the grapevine) that Chuck's last (posthumous) album is due to be released on June 16th. His grandson. Charles Berry III joins him...CHUCK is dedicated to Chuck's wife, Toddy, of 68 years.

      Love this tribute to one of the greats. I can picture this heavenly band...thanks, dear Ruby. "You" never miss a beat. Hugs, mar

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      Clive Williams 4 weeks ago from Nibiru

      heaven will be filled with sweet songs. Nice poem.

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      Venkatachari M 4 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      A wonderful tribute to Chuck Berry. You have done it so beautiful painting a unique welcome awaiting for him at heaven in the union of other great singers already there to hug him and celebrate the occasion blissfully.

      Thanks for this wonderful hub.

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      Devika Primić 4 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great and honest way to keep our memories open again.

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      John Hansen 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful tribute to one of the greats, Ruby. All the others you mentioned who will be there to greet Chuck, are greatly missed as well. Good job with this poem.

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      Paula 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey Ruby.....I feel like dancin!! Anyone who can sit still when Chuck Berry is singing one of his famous songs, has no blood in their system!! Hail, hail Rock 'n Roll! Love this Boogie down Memory Lane, GF!!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      A wonderful tribute to some wonderful music....it was exciting back in the day, with new music hitting the scene, playing on the airwaves, our whole lives ahead of us.

      Sigh!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. Can you imagine a new album at his age? I loved dancing to his beat. He really was one of a kind. Thanks so much for coming by. Hugs...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive. When I think about all the greats who have died, and them all together, puts a smile on my face. The bible speaks of music in heaven, and who doesn't like rock n roll? Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ven, I'm glad you liked my reunion of some of the greats. I had a ball writing it. Thank you for coming....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Devika. Happy to see you and glad you enjoyed this get-together of some of the all time greats. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John, I'm thrilled that you enjoyed my tribute to Chuck. He kept my toe's tapping for years. So sorry he is gone, but I gave him a reunion that will make the angels happy. Thank you for coming...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Paula, let's dance. I just watched the video and all of his great songs are on there. I watched the kids while he performed, they were having a ball. Of course, my toes were doing their thing, 'Ring A Ding Ding,' Oh Lordy, will I never grow up ? NO...Thank you GF, I love it when you step on my page......

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. I remember my grandmother calling it the Devil's music, and I danced and had a ball, just like all the other kids did. Looking back, It really was the best of times, no Isis, living free, Aha the good ole days. Sigh!! Thank you for coming...

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      Dana Tate 4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Beautiful tribute to Chuck Berry and all the legends mentioned. the world had him for ninety years and now he's home.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Dana, I love your comment, and it's true. Thanks so much for coming...

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      Vanesa 4 weeks ago from Fort Riley, Kansas

      I loved it. I also like it when my poetry rhymes but apparently to submit any good poetry on a website they disliked it. They wanted more Edgar Allen Poesque fashioned type poetry. I am still trying to find my niche. But this is lovely.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vanesa. So nice to meet you. I see you write poetry, my first love. I don't call myself a poet, I love to tell a story in rhyme. Welcome to HP. Thank you for coming..

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      Gwenneth Leane 4 weeks ago from Glen Osmond, Adelaide, South Australia Australia

      I found this hub and comments very interesting as I feel I am not where I want to be on Hubpages.

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      Genna East 4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a great tribute to Chuck Berry, one of our beloved icons. I'm sure he's smiling down at you and this gem of a poem, and l'm sure Marvin, Elvis, Jimmi, Janis, John, and more welcomed him with at the Pearly Gates. :-) (I think this would make a good installment for Mike's Carriage Driver series.) That video of Lennon and Chuck singing Johnny B. Goode is extraordinary! I loved it. I also remember in the film, Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox singing his rendition at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, and the backstage spoof with one of the musicians on the phone: "Chuck, Chuck, it's Marvin -- your cousin, Marvin Berry...you know that new sound you're looking for? Well listen to this..." So cool. Thank you, my friend, for this wonderful hub. :-)

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      Genna East 4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ruby, I thought you might get a kick out of this:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyJZH2UPifo

      Michale J. and Coldplay performed Johnny B. Goode last year, live, in New Jersey.

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      Genna East 4 weeks ago

      Oops, I'm sorry, Ruby; this one is Michael J. and Coldplay in NY, with Johnny B. Goode.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVy8tz54_JA

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Gwenneth, the only suggestion I have, to have followers, you must follow and read others, and of course leave a comment. I will be over and see what you have to offer. Good luck, and thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, I'm so glad you liked this piece. Chuck was one of the many favorites I've enjoyed through the years. I watched the video of Michael Fox playing the guitar, I was blown over, I didn't know he played. I hope Mike does a Carriage segment with Chuck, there are so many more to be included that I didn't mention. I should have included John Lennon, since he's so special. It seems like losing one more of the greats is not so bad if we put them in heaven with all the others, and they're having a fun reunion. Thanks so much for coming. And thanks for the video..Hugs..

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      mckbirdbks 4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - You are right, there is a heck of a jam session going in heaven as the band plays on. They practice every day and a far off time a rock concert awaits. What a dream.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Mike, I hope you take Chuck on a Carriage ride? There's so many more you could include on his way to heaven....I can't wait!!! Thank you...

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      Martie Coetser 4 weeks ago from South Africa

      Oh Ruby, how sad! We will never stop missing these singers and musicians. Their footprints in our hearts are too deep and cannot be erased.

      Thanks for this virtual concert!

      RIP, Chuck Berry and all beloved stars!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Martie, I love your comment about them leaving their footprints in our heart's, for sure they did just that. I've always thought that a day without music is a wasted day. I grew up dancing rock n roll and still do, and every time we lose another great I feel it deeply in my soul. Thank you my friend..Hugs...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      A most wonderful tribute and an awesome walk down the musical memory lane. I know there's a large rock and roll band up there rocking the sky.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 weeks ago from Texas

      Ruby, this is a beautiful tribute not only to Chuck Berry but to all the great ones who visited our homes and put music in our hearts, enhanced our dreams, enriched our souls with their Heavenly gifts of music and songs.

      I remember well the day I heard that Elvis died

      My love came and put his arms around me

      We can come back another day to pick out tile

      When he told me about Elvis I broke down right there and cried

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      Blessings to you my forever friend

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma. Rocking the sky! I love that! Thank you much for coming by...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shy. I think the year was 1978 and I was in Houston, Tx. working for a traveling nurses agency, when I heard that Elvis had died. I cried all day, hardly able to do my work. That evening I went to town and bought a picture of him. I have it on the wall in my basement, along with many others. I know we'll see him again when we get to rockabilly heaven.

      Blessings my dear friend....

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 3 weeks ago

      I still love Elvis! I like all the music artists you listed above

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tamara, Nice to meet you. I think everyone loved Elvis. Thank you for coming by..

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      Audrey Howitt 2 weeks ago from California

      He was probably the single most influential character on the world of rock and roll--a fascinating man--and you pay him great tribute--can you imagine what that welcome home concert would be like?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. I like to think of all the greats continuing on with their music, all young and together again. Thank you for coming to my heavenly reunion.....

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      William Kovacic 2 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Ah yes, Ruby- - the old duck-walk, and 90 years old. That's quite an achievement.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello William. I sure enjoyed dancing to his music. I couldn't believe he was 90 years old..Thank you for coming by. Cheers..

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