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Chuck Berry: 40 Years On

Another chance to hear Anthony Wall's acclaimed profile of rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry, made in 1977, but not broadcast until June 2017. Berry passed away in March aged 90.

Another chance to hear Anthony Wall's acclaimed profile of rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry, made in 1977, but not broadcast until June 2017 on 6 Music. Berry passed away in March aged 90.

Wall's poetic programme explores Berry's extraordinary life and music through exclusive interviews recorded in the mid-70s.

Chuck Berry was a founding father of rock 'n' roll, whose songs (Johnny B. Goode, Promised Land, Roll Over Beethoven and many more) have become standards, covered by the likes of Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Chuck wasn't an easy character though, and rarely gave interviews. On the occasions that he did, he was generally less then forthcoming. Anthony Wall, longstanding series editor of the BBC television arts strand Arena, began his career as a radio studio manager in the 70s. He also moonlighted as the rock critic for the Morning Star and, in this capacity, interviewed Chuck twice and found him in a mellow mood. Thankfully, Anthony had the foresight to record both interviews in broadcast quality. Between his shifts on the Today programme, he lovingly wove these rare interviews together with Chuck's songs and quotes from other interviews he'd done with the likes of Chess label-mate Muddy Waters and rockabilly hero, Carl Perkins.

Anthony offered the programme to Radio 1. They turned it down, but asked for the raw interviews. Anthony told them that they could have the whole programme or nothing. They refused, so it remained on the shelf for forty years gathering dust until June 2017.

When Chuck Berry died, it occurred to Anthony that, since so little had been heard from the man himself about his extraordinary life and music, it was about time that the programme was finally broadcast. BBC Radio 6 Music was delighted to oblige.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 29 Dec 2017 01:00

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  • Chuck Berry

    JOHNNY B GOODE

    • CHUCK BERRY GREATEST HITS.
    • CHESS.
    • CDCHESS 21.
  • Chuck Berry

    MEMPHIS TENNESSEE

    • THE CHESS YEARS.
    • CHESS.
    • CDREDBOX-2.
  • Nat King Cole

    RAMBLIN' ROSE

    • CAPITOL COLLECTOR'S SERIES.
    • EMI.
    • CDP-7935902.
  • The Nat King Cole Trio

    (GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66)

    • THE NAT KING COLE STORY.
    • Capitol Records.
    • SWCL 1613.
  • Chuck Berry

    Route 66

    • The Chess Years.
    • Chess.
    • RED BOX-2.
  • Muddy Waters

    HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN

    • THE CHESS STORY CD BOX SET.
    • MCA.
    • 380-600-2.
  • Chuck Berry

    Hoochi' Coochi' Man

    • Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco.
    • Rebound Records.
    • (2) ‎- 314 520 203-2.
  • Chuck Berry

    Bio

    • Bio.
    • Chess.
    • 6499 650.
  • Chuck Berry

    Have Mercy Judge

    • single.
    • Chess.
    • 20.
  • Jimi Hendrix

    JOHNNY B GOODE

    • Hendrix In The West.
    • Polydor.
    • 001-001.
  • Elvis Presley

    PROMISED LAND

    • Rhythm & Country.
    • RCA.
    • 07863636722.
  • The Band

    PROMISED LAND

    • Moondog Matinee.
    • Capitol.
    • ESW 11214.
  • Buddy Holly

    BROWN EYED HANDSOME MAN

    • WORDS OF LOVE.
    • POLYGRAM TV.
    • 514 487-2.
  • Waylon Jennings

    BROWN EYED HANDSOME MAN

    • THE ESSENTIAL WAYLON JENNINGS.
    • RCA.
    • NA-01.
  • The Rolling Stones

    LITTLE QUEENIE

    • GET YER YA-YA'S OUT! THE ROLLING STONES IN CONCERT.
    • LONDON.
    • 820 131-2.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis

    LITTLE QUEENIE

    • THE E.P. COLLECTION VOL. 2.
    • SEE FOR MILES.
    • SEECD-397.
  • The Beach Boys

    ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC

    • THE BEST OF .....
    • CAPITOL.
    • 7243-834472-2.
  • The Beatles

    ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC

    • BEATLES FOR SALE.
    • PARLOPHONE.
    • CDP-746438 2.
  • Chuck Berry

    MY DING A LING

    • My Ding-A_Ling.
    • Chess.
    • 6145 019.
  • Chuck Berry

    Maybellene

    • THE CHESS BOX.
    • CHESS.
    • CHD 380001.
  • Chuck Berry

    PROMISED LAND

    • The Best of Chuck Berry.
    • MCA.
    • MCBD-19510.
  • Chuck Berry

    SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN

    • THE CHESS YEARS.
    • CHESS.
    • CD RED BOX-2/B.
  • Chuck Berry

    NO MONEY DOWN

    • THE BEST OF .....
    • MUSIC CLUB.
    • MCCD-019.
  • Chuck Berry

    You Can't Catch Me

    • THE BEST OF CHUCK BERRY.
    • MCA.
    • MCD-11560.
  • Chuck Berry

    NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO

    • DEFINITIVE COLLECTION.
    • CHESS.
    • B000-A2H1D2.
  • Chuck Berry

    ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC

    • The Very Best of Chuck Berry.
    • Chess.
    • 9832354.
  • Chuck Berry

    YOU NEVER CAN TELL

    • THE CHESS YEARS CD 4.
    • CHESS.
    • CD RED BOX-2.
  • Chuck Berry

    Big Boys

    • Chuck.
    • Dualtone Music Group.
    • US-DMG-17-79302.
  • Richard Ashcroft

    Break The Night With Colour

    • PARLOPHONE.

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