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Top 10 Facts - Chuck Berry
12.09.2015
Fact #1

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.

Fact #2

With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the maior elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a maior influence on subsequent rock music.

Fact #3

While still a high school student he was arrested, and served a prison sentence for armed robbery from 1944 to 1947. After his

Fact #4

His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955, and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records.

Fact #5

With Chess he recorded "Maybellene"—Berry's adaptation of the country song "lda 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.

Fact #6

He had also established his own St. Louis-based nightclub, called Berry's Club Bandstand. But in lanuary 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.

Fact #7

Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986, with the comment that he "laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance."

Fact #8

Berry is included in several Rolling Stone "Greatest of All Time" lists, including being ranked fifth on their Z004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Fact #9

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll included three of Berry's songs: "lohnny B. Goode," "lillaybellene," and "Rock and Roll Music." Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" is the only rock and roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.

Fact #10

Among the honors Berry has received have been the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000, and being named seventh on Time magazine's 2009 list of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time.

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