Glog from GR Sep 30 2015 Chuck Berry!

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Glog from GR Sep 30 2015 Chuck Berry!

-SUCCESES AND SETBACKS OF HIS LIFE. Berry was the fourth 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 people lived at the time. His father, Henry, was a contractor and deacon of a nearby Baptist church, his mother Martha a certified public school principal. His middle class upbringing allowed him to pursue his interest in music from an early age and he gave his first public performance in 1941 while still at Sumner High School. Just three years later, in 1994,while still a high school student he was arrested, and served a prison sentence for armed robbery 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 blues player 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's Rhythm and Blues chart. By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star with several hit records and film appearances to his name as well as a lucrative touring career. But in January 1962, Berry was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines. After his release in 1963, Berry had more hits in the mid 60's, including "No Particular Place to Go," "You Never Can Tell," and "Nadine." By the mid-1970s, he was more in demand as a nostalgic live performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality. In 1979 he served 120 days in prison for tax evasion.

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry was one of the most popular and influential performers of rhythm-and-blues and rock 'n' roll music during the 1950s, '60s and '70s. He's known for songs like "Johnny B. Goode" and "My Ding-a-Ling."~Background information...~Birth name: Charles Edward Anderson BerryBorn: October 18, 1926 (age 88) Origin:St.Louis,Missouri, U.S.Genres: Rock and roll, rockabilly, rhythm and bluesOccupation(s): Musician, singer, songwriterInstruments: Guitar, vocalsYears active: 1953-presentLabels: Chess,Mercury, AtcoAssociated acts: Johnnie Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Berry is included in several Rolling Stone "Greatest of All Time" lists, including being ranked fifth on their 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll included three of Berry's songs: "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," and "Rock and Roll Music" (hit songs). Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" is the only rock and roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.

Johhny B. Goode

information from: http://www.biography.com/people/chuck-berry-9210488 and wikipedia.

POEMChuck Berry (b.1926) Chuck walked like a duckas he strummed his axe, scooting round the stagegoing quacketty quack,singing Johnny B. Goode and Maybellene,singing like a bird,playing like a dream -Rock 'n' Roll Music,Sweet Little Sixteen- Chuck Berry was a jumping human bean.


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