Chuck BerryBorn 18 October 1926. Died 18 March 2017
Chuck Berry Biography (Wikipedia)
Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, 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. However, he was sentenced to three years in prison in January 1962 for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines. 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...
- “I like to be responsible for me and not the acts of others, so I have to go alone” - Chuck Berry on his touring experienceshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p055b0yh.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p055b0yh.jpg2017-06-08T14:43:00.000ZIn this exclusive archive recording Chuck Berry describes the difficulties he encountered when hiring supporting bands and his level of commitment when it came to touring.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0559zt2
“I like to be responsible for me and not the acts of others, so I have to go alone” - Chuck Berry on his touring experiences
- "When I hear sentimental music I become furiously romantic" - Chuck Berry on his favourite musicianshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0559zlz.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0559zlz.jpg2017-06-08T14:21:00.000ZIn this rare interview Chuck Berry gives a personal insight in to the music he loved and the artists who influenced him.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0559xy3
"When I hear sentimental music I become furiously romantic" - Chuck Berry on his favourite musicians
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