Is an American music Icon and also known as “The Father of Rock and Roll”, “Chuck Berry’s real name is Charles Edward Anderson, born on October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is a multi talented singer, songwriter and guitarist and one of the pillars of American music industry. He’s the voice behind the popular songs such as “Maybelline” in 1955, “Roll Over Beethoven” in 1956, “Rock and Roll Music” in 1957 and “Johny B. Goode” in 1958. His music makes the people come together and was considered as a national anthem of the pop culture that transcend generation after generation. The respect that he earned is very visible up to this present time.
Berry’s talent and interest in music were shown at an early age. His first public performance at Summer High School is a preview of his thunderous artistry. The guitar lays the foundation of Berry’s musicality. And in 1952 he displayed his talent by playing the guitar and incorporating gesture and facial expressions to blend with the lyrics.And from then on he became an accomplished showman whose known for from blues to ballads to calypso to country.
In May, 1955, Berry’s major break happened when he travelled to Chicago and met Muddy Waters. Waters recommended Berry to contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records. Thru ChessRecords, Berry recorded “Maybellene”- an adaptation of the country song “Ida Red”. It was a smashed hit – selling millions of copies and topped the highest spot of Billboard’s Rhythm and Blues. Berry became an established star at the end of the decade. He had several hit records and film appearances as well as rewarding touring career.
In 1963 – 1969, after he's released from prison, Berry returned to recording and performing while the hype of the British Invasion like The Beatles and Rolling Stones is rapidly becoming more popular. Although not equally successful from his past records, he still managed to draw successful concerts.
Berry had other successful hits like “Too Much Monkey Business”, “Brown Eyed Man”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Memphis” and the ultra successful “Johnny B. Goode”. “Johny B. Goode” is Berry’s most special piece. It showcased Berry’s musical uniqueness and artistic elements.
In 1972, Berry came back to the recordings with the successful song “My Ding-A-Ling” which he had the first and only #1 Pop Chart hit of his career.
In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the very first inductee in the history of music. Proving that his music is out of this world, “Johnny B. Goode” was chosen to play in the Voyager I Spacecraft.
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