Charles Edward Anderson Berry was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist who pioneered rock and roll. Nicknamed the "Father of Rock and Roll", he refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive with songs such as "Maybellene" , "Roll Over Beethoven" , "Rock and Roll Music" and "Johnny B. Goode" . 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 black family in St. Louis, 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. 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 for the purpose of having sexual intercourse. After his release in 1963, Berry had several more successful songs, including "No Particular Place to Go", "You Never Can Tell", and "Nadine". However, these did not achieve the same success or lasting impact of his 1950s songs, and by the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgia performer, playing his past material with local backup bands of variable quality. In 1972 he reached a new level of achievement when a rendition of "My Ding-a-Ling" became his only record to top the charts. His insistence on being paid in cash led in 1979 to a four-month jail sentence and community service, for tax evasion.
Charles Edward Anderson Berry
October 18, 1926
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||March 18, 2017 (aged 90)|
near Wentzville, Missouri, U.S.
|Resting place||Bellerive Gardens Cemetery, St. Louis|
|Other names||Father of Rock N' Roll|
One of the early pioneers of rock 'n' roll, with tunes like "Maybellene" and "Johnny B. Goode."
He married Themetta "Toddy" Suggs on October 28, 1948 and the couple had two daughters named Ingrid and Aloha. He supported his family as an automobile factory worker before he found success as a musician.
At Sumner High School, he had his debut performance. He was sentenced to the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men in Algoa after stealing a vehicle at gunpoint.
He became immortalized for songs such as "Roll Over Beethoven," which reached #29 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
At the age of 91,
Chuck Berry height is 6 ft 1 in (1.87 m).
Eric Clapton appeared with him on Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, where he played a Gibson ES 350T, the guitar Berry used during his early years.
● Chuck Berry was born on October 18, 1926 (age 90) in St. Louis, Missouri, United States ● He is a celebrity rock singer ● His height is 6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
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