Charles Edward Anderson Berry better known in the industry as Chuck Berry, born in St. Louis, Missouri, United States on October 18, 1927.
Berry is considered the father of Rock And Roll, since it was he who gave way to the Rhythm and Blues al Rock And Roll in the 50’s decades, being a great influence for bands and artists like Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, among others.
He also achieved something very important for music and was to break the barriers that existed between the white and African American music of his time, becoming a legend in the history of all music.
He is remembered for songs like ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ which has been one of the most covered songs in the world, ‘Maybellene’, ‘Rock And Roll Music’, ‘Johnny B. Goode’, ‘You Never Can Tell’, ‘Route 66’, among other.
In all the journey that he had Chuck Berry in music, things happened that may not be known. That is why here we present you 10 trivia what do you have to know about this music legend
1. The first instrument of Berry It was a four-string tenor guitar, with which he learned to play some chords but above all influenced by the guitarist of Jazz called Ira Harris.
Chuck Berry – Photo: Classes
2. Chuck Berry Before he rose to fame, he had a group of Jazz y Blues with whom he played in some places in San Luis, but in 1955, being in Chicago, he decided to go see a presentation of Muddy Waters, which got him a contract to record his first studio album. In the songs he recorded on that occasion they are found ‘Ida May’ y ‘Wee Wee Hours’.
Chuck Berry y Muddy Waters – Foto: Pinterest
3. In 1959 Berry He was taken to prison for having hired a 14-year-old waitress, who told him that she was 21 years old, and that she was also found by the authorities practicing prostitution. Berry He served a 3-year sentence and when he regained his freedom he encountered a movement called the “British Invasion” which had come to the United States with British groups influenced by their sounds like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, entre otros.
Chuck Berry 1960 – Photo: Cultura Colectiva
4. It was a very big influence for guitarists of the 60s like Keith Richards, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, among others.
Chuck Berry with Eric Clapton and Keith Richards – Photo: Society Ofrock
5. Guitarist and co-founder of the Australian band AC/DC Angus Young has said on several occasions that Chuck Berry is his main influence, also opting for his famous step on stage called “DuckWalk”.
Chuck Berry “DuckWalk” – Foto: Nssoaxaca
Angus Young “DuckWalk” – Foto: Reddit
6. In 1986 he was one of the first artists to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame, and the one who introduced him was Keith Richards guitarist of The Rolling Stones.
Chuck Berry and Keith Richards – Photo: La Tercera
7. In 1984 he received the Grammy Award for all his important career in music.
Chuck Berry Grammys – Foto: Grammys
8. In 1987 he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hollywood Walk of Fame star Chuck Berry – Photo: Istock
9. John Lennon was sued by Berry administrators for using a verse from the song by Chuck Berry call ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ for your song ‘Come Together’ released on the last recording album of The Beatles called ‘Abbey Road’ in 1969.
Chuck Berry y John Lennon – Foto: Pinterest
10. In 2000 the president of United States Bill Clinton gave him the Kennedy Award, and also described him as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Chuck Berry y Bill Clinton – Foto: Rolling Stone
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