By: Earnest Jones | 03-19-2017 | News
Photo credit: Chuck Berry | Wikipedia

The King of Rock and Roll Has Died

Chuck Berry died on the 18th of March at his home in St. Charles County, Mo. At 90 years-old. His death was announced by St. Charles County police in a Facebook post on its website. The authorities said that the officers responded to a medical emergency at Mr. Berry’s home and administered lifesaving techniques but all in vain.

Chuck Berry is said to have put the important pieces together on what was later known as rock and roll. He was initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1986. His standards influenced the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and later Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen.

Mr. Berry embraced the American rock tradition. His recording of Johnny B. Goode was included on a disc launched into space on the Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1977.

John Lennon’s said that if you tried to give rock-and-roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry — Mr. Berry.

He was an unlikely idol for a growing teen subculture that he sang about at the dawn of the rock era.

Maybellene in 1955 was his first recording, he was 30, married and the father of two when he made the recording. Maybellene was a song on a story of a man in a Ford V8 chasing his unfaithful girlfriend in a Cadillac Coupe de Ville. The song charted No. 1 on Billboard’s rhythm-and-blues chart and No. 5 on the pop music charts.

Mr. Berry had an athletic body, high cheekbones and perfect hair. He imitated the dangerous appeal of rock. The rock historian Albin Zak said that Mr. Berry was a very literate wordsmith. He also said that Berry composed durable songs.

Mr. Berry’s charisma was awesome. His race prevented him from achieving Elvis-like levels of commercial success in Hollywood and Las Vegas. He had hits such as No Particular Place to Go (1964) and Dear Dad (1965). He also appeared in The T.A.M.I. Show. The T.A.M.I. Show was a 1965 concert film with James Brown, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye.

Back in 1987, Mr. Berry released his biography and was the subject of Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll. Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll was a documentary and concert film featuring guest performers including Keith Richards and Eric Clapton.

Mr. Berry said he was wary of accepting a crown at the time. Peers and critics bestowed him as a king of rock music. Charles Edward Anderson was the real name of Berry. He was born in St. Louis on Oct. 18, 1926. His father was a carpenter and handyman.

He began playing guitar and performing at parties at age 14. He was arrested for 3 -years for his role in a failed armed robbery. Shortly after his release, he worked on an automobile assembly line while studying for a career in hairdressing.

Mr. Berry sang at the Cosmopolitan Club in East St. Louis, Ill during the weekend. He was in a group led by pianist Johnnie Johnson, who later played on many of Mr. Berry’s records.

His career was nearly spoilt in 1959. He was arrested on a federal charge of taking a 14-year-old girl across state lines for immoral purposes. He was convicted but granted an appeal on the basis of racist remarks made by the judge. A second trial also ended in a conviction. Mr. Berry eventually served 18 months of a three-year sentence and paid a $10,000 fine.

His career took a second wave of rockers after he was released in 1963. In 1979, he served four months in Lompoc Federal Prison in California for tax evasion.

A cook in Mr. Berry’s St. Louis restaurant, the Southern Air, sued him. He claimed that he secretly videotaped her and other women in the establishment’s restroom.

He got married in 1948 to Themetta Suggs, known as Toddy. He also received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 1984 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000. He always wanted to keep rocking as long as he was alive.


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Anonymous No. 1856 2017-03-19 : 22:53

I thought that Elvis Presley was the king of rock and roll.

Looks like the monkeys are larping as kangz again.

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