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Also Known As: Charles Edward Anderson Berry Died:
Born: October 18, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, USA Profession:

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Like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry's music bridged the gap between R&B/blues and country music, but unlike his contemporary, Berry brought lyrical brilliance and guitar brilliance to the new genre known as rock and roll. Virtually any musician who played guitar in a rock band owed a debt to Berry, whether for his stinging licks, brash stage presence, or unwavering faith in the redeeming power of the beat. His greatest songs, which included "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode" and "Rock and Roll Music," inspired generations of future legends to spread his word. Artists ranging from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen and everyone in between praised his talents, with John Lennon going so far as to say that Berry's name was synonymous with the term "rock and roll" itself. And if Berry's life saw more down periods than up over the course of his five-decade career, he could take consolation in the fact that he had been an integral part of a movement that forever changed the world with two chords and a 4/4 beat.

Like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry's music bridged the gap between R&B/blues and country music, but unlike his contemporary, Berry brought lyrical brilliance and guitar brilliance to the new genre known as rock and roll. Virtually any musician who played guitar in a rock band owed a debt to Berry, whether for his stinging licks, brash stage presence, or unwavering faith in the redeeming power of the beat. His greatest songs, which included "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode" and "Rock and Roll Music," inspired generations of future legends to spread his word. Artists ranging from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen and everyone in between praised his talents, with John Lennon going so far as to say that Berry's name was synonymous with the term "rock and roll" itself. And if Berry's life saw more down periods than up over the course of his five-decade career, he could take consolation in the fact that he had been an integral part of a movement that forever changed the world with two chords and a 4/4 beat.

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 Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! (1987) Himself
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 American Hot Wax (1978) Himself
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 Keep on Rockin' (1972)
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 Go, Johnny, Go! (1959) Himself
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1954:
Began performing with local pianist Johnnie Johnson and his trio in St. Louis, MO
1955:
With Johnson, recorded the single "Maybellene," a cover of old Western swing track "Ida Red"; released by Chess Records
1956:
Released the hit single "Roll Over Beethoven"
1957:
Took part in Alan Freed's "Biggest Show of Stars for 1957" U.S. tour with the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and more
1957:
Scored Top 10 hits in the U.S. with his songs "School Days," "Rock and Roll Music," "Sweet Little Sixteen," and "Johnny B. Goode"
1959:
Co-starred with Alan Freed in the musical feature "Go, Johnny, Go!"
1961:
Opened his amusement park in Wentzville, MO called Berry Park
1964:
Landed back in the Top 20 with the hits "No Particular Place to Go" and "You Never Can Tell"
1967:
First live album, <i>Live at Fillmore Auditorium</i>; released by Mercury Records
1970:
Returned to Chess Records
1972:
Wrote and recorded the novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling," his only track to reach No. 1 in the U.S.
1984:
Received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
1986:
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during its inaugural event
1987:
Taylor Hackford's documentary film "Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" chronicled two concerts in celebration of Berry's 60th birthday; performers included Eric Clapton, Etta James, and Berry himself
2000:
Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors
2004:
Ranked No. 5 in <i>Rolling Stone</i> magazine's list of "The Immortals ¿ The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time"
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Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 in a "class" with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plácido Domingo, Angela Lansbury, and Clint Eastwood. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Chuck Berry #5 on their list of The Immortals: The First Fifty. He was also ranked 6th on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Berry was the third child in a family of six. He grew up in the north St. Louis neighborhood known as "The Ville", an area where many middle class St. Louis blacks lived at the time. His father was a contractor and a deacon of a nearby Baptist church, his mother a qualified principal. His middle class upbringing allowed him to pursue his interest in music from an early age and he made his first public performance while still at Sumner High School.

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