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Monday, 20 August 2012

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 18, 1926, the fourth child in a family of six. His father, Henry, was a contractor and deacon of a nearby Baptist church, his mother Martha a certified public school principal. 

He gave his first public performance in 1941 while still at Sumner High School. 

Berry has a degree in cosmetology from the Gibbs Beauty College.

Chuck Berry served three jail terms: Carjacking in the 1940s, transporting a 14-year-old girlacross state lines in the late 50s and tax evasion in the 70s.

Johnny B Goode was chosen as part of a sample of Earth music carried on the Voyager space probes in 1977. It was  part of a package that was meant to represent the best in American culture.

Though Berry wrote many Rock classics, the novelty song, My Ding A Ling,  is Berry's biggest selling song and only #1 hit.


Publicity photo of Chuck Berry. 1971

Berry is very mathematical, and came up with his own way of notating music using numbers instead of letters.


Chuck Berry aspired to be a professional photographer and only performed music to buy photography equipment.

Chuck Berry owns a warehouse full of old Cadillacs, one from every three or four model-years, all the way back to the mid-fifties. He claims he is trying to get rid of them, but says that nobody will give him a fair price, so he just stores them away. 


Chuck Berry was found dead at his house in St. Charles County, Missouri on March 18, 2017. He was aged 90.

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