Charles Edward Anderson Berry (St. LouisMissouri18 October 1926), known as Chuck Berry, is an American guitaristsinger and composer. Berry was one of the first members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986). In 1982, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.


[hide]*1 Biography


Johnnie Johnson , the band had Sir Johns Trio, and invited Chuck Berry in 1952 from playing as a replacement for the sick saxophonist. Berry took over the leadership of the band quickly. He composed his songs in collaboration with Johnson (who would play 20 years on his songs), and had them register with "Chuck Berry" as the only composer/writer.

Berry's "Maybellene" (1955) is one of the first R & R-numbers.

Berry's idols were Nat King ColeLouis Jordan and Muddy Waters, all of whom made mainly blues music .

More than 30 of his recordings got in the top-10 and they are still covered by bands all over the world.


Johnny b. Goode was recorded with two texts: ' colored boy ' was ' country boy ' (' colored ' you could not sell, knew Leonard Chess). The entire song Brown Eyed Handsome Man is an ode to the proud, black man in the US. In a single verse he explains: the Venus de Milo lost her arms in a fight for a brown-eyed handsome man to conquer (read: black)-and they won.

Musical characteristics[Edit]Edit

His guitar playing is influenced by the pianist Johnnie Johnson. By the piano-chords to take over the Chuck Berry numbers had not the standard A-D-E-chords but Bes, Es and F.

The songs by Chuck Berry, the traditional blues-built dimensional, namely 12 sizes, also called called blues schedule .

If you used as raw A-agreement agreement, it is this:

(A) (A) (A) (A)
D D (A) (A)
E D (A) E

The deviating of Berry's songs was that he plays in the 10th, but size is not the 4th staircase that he continues to "hang" in the 5th flight of stairs.

A = I D = IV E = V

Again with the A-agreement as a base, it looks like this:

(A) (A) (A) (A)
D D (A) (A)
E E (A) E

Thus the "bluesy" (little whiny) ballot and gets a livelier character, rock and roll. Another find is "his" guitar intro. The characteristic intro of many of his rockers is a typical opmaatje pianistisch.

In addition to the pure R & R took Chuck warm, slow blues numbers on, but that no commercial singles were and no hits.

The song "Johnny b. Goode" is for and on Johnnie Johnson written.

Chuck made appearances on comic way to liven up use of so-called Hillbilly-tunes. Because of this, he was considered by some to be a country singer. He also knew in this way to draw audiences to its shows blank.That was in the early 1950s a performance, due to the racial segregation in the United States.

His famous duck walk arose during such a comical Hillbilly-number.

Influence on others[Edit]Edit

Berry had a great influence on other musicians, such as on the Rolling Stones and John Lennon, whose song "Come Together" would be even plagiarized by Berry's "You Can't Catch Me". Angus Young of AC/DC, also says influenced by Chuck Berry, and also has his duck walk single file or used as one of its gimmicks. AC/DC has on the album T.n.t.. the number of School days Chuck Berry lyrics again. A tribute to Chuck Berry and his music is done by Steppenwolf in the song Berry Rides Again, in which the guitar and the piano aptly the characteristic sound of Berry's guitar and Johnson's piano heard and all hits passing by.Chuck Berry had to mention The Beach Boys as the author of their hit Surfin' USA because the song heavily on Sweet little sixteen seemed.

Elvis Presley has regularly over the years Chuck Berry songs inserted and used in his live acts, namely: Brown-eyed Handsome ManMemphis, TennesseeToo Much Monkey BusinessPromised LandMaybellene,Johnny b. GoodeRock and Roll Music and School Days. This Berry very appreciated.


[1][2]Chuck Berry in 1958

Many of Chucks hits are quoted in rock and roll history and served as a springboard for many have become famous artists:


[3][4]Chuck Berry live in Deauville, France in 1987===Studio albums[Edit]===

  • Rock, Rock, Rock (with "The Moonglows" and "The Flamingos") (1956)
  • After School Session (1957)
  • One Dozen Berrys (1958)
  • Chuck Berry Is on Top (1959)
  • Rockin' at the Hops (1960)
  • New Juke-Box Hits (1961)
  • Chuck Berry Twist (1962)
  • Chuck Berry's Greatest Hits (1964)
  • Two Great Guitars (with Bo Diddley) (1964)
  • St. Louis to Liverpool (1964)
  • Chuck Berry in London (1965)
  • Fresh Berry's (1965)
  • Chuck Berry's Golden Hits (1967) (re-recording)
  • In Memphis (1967)
  • From St. Louie to Frisco (1968)
  • Concerto In B. Goode (1969)
  • Back Home (1970)
  • San Francisco Dues (1971)
  • The London Chuck Berry Sessions (1972)
  • Bio (1973)
  • Sweet Little Rock and Roller (1973)
  • Wild Berrys (1974)
  • Flashback (1974)
  • Chuck Berry (1975)
  • Rock It (1979)
  • Alive and Rockin' (1981)
  • "Retro Rock"-Chuck Berry-Broadcast Week (1982)
  • Chuck Berry (1982)

Live Albums[Edit]Edit

  • Chuck Berry on Stage (1963) (was in the studio audience sounds were recorded, later added)
  • Live at the Fillmore Auditorium (1967) (bonus tracks were added on the reissue in 1994)
  • The London Chuck Berry Sessions (1972) (side 2)
  • Chuck Berry Live in Concert (1978)
  • Chuck Berry Live (1981)
  • Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival 1969 vol. II (1982)
  • Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival 1969 vol. III (1982)
  • Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)
  • Live! (2000)
  • Live on Stage (2000)
  • Chuck Berry-In Concert (2002)


Single (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Top 40

Date of


Date of




Number Of


Time for Teenagers Top 10
You never can tell 1964 24-10-1964 9 2

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Come on - 1926 1995 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Johnny B. Goode 714 786 650 914 839 760 914 1167 876 894 862 905 719 904 763
No particular place to go - - 1399 1714 - 1933 - - - - - - - - -
Roll over Beethoven 1462 1467 1672 1468 1462 1525 1870 - 1748 1880 - - 1929 - -
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