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Chuck Berry

United States · Person · 1926–2017
Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was 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. 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.

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. 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. 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. But in January 1962, he was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act—h… Read more »

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News

New Chuck Berry Music Will Be Released This Week

Following his death on Saturday, Chuck Berry’s family has revealed new information about his as-of-yet-unreleased final album via his Facebook page. On his 90th birthday last October, Berry announced that he would be releasing a new album, Chuck, on...

R.I.P. Chuck Berry, a Founding Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with his impeccably twangy hits “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Memphis,” “My Ding-a-Ling” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” has died. He was 90. The...

Videos

Chuck Berry - Wonderful Woman
Chuck Berry - Big Boys

Discography

Chuck
2017 Official Album
Jonnhy B. Goode
2014 Official Album
Rockit
1979 Official Album
Chuck Berry '75
1975 Official Album
Bio
1973 Official Album
San Francisco Dues
1971 Official Album
Back Home
1970 Official Album
Concerto in “B Goode”
1969 Official Album