Berry, Chuck

Berry, Chuck

Berry, Chuck (Charles Edward Anderson Berry), 1926-, American rock music guitarist, singer, and songwriter, b. San Jose, Calif. He was brought up in St. Louis, Mo., where he still lives. Berry is widely regarded as one of the leading pioneers of rock music, having blended the blues with country music and added a rhythm-and-blues beat, and he is thought by many to be the inventor of the rock music form. His distinctive playing of the electric guitar and his witty lyrics were a major inspiration for the English pop renaissance and for a wide variety of other rock musicians. A dynamic performer, he also became known for his signature crouching and gliding "duck walk." Berry produced a string of hits in the late 1950s, including Maybellene, Rock and Roll Music, Roll Over Beethoven, and Johnny B. Goode. In 1962 he was sentenced to two years in prison on the charge of transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes. His creative output subsequently dwindled and he cut his last record in 1981, butt he continued to be an active and popular performer into the 21st cent. Berry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

See his autobiography (1987); biographies by K. Reese (1983), B. Pegg (2002), and J. Collis (2003); study by H. A. DeWitt (1985); T. Hackford, dir., Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, (film documentary, 1987).

orig. Charles Edward Anderson Berry

(born Oct. 18, 1926, St. Louis, Mo., U.S. ) U.S. singer-songwriter. Though first interested in country music, in the early 1950s Berry led a blues trio that played in black nightclubs around St. Louis. In 1955 he traveled to Chicago and made his first hit record, “Maybellene,” which was soon followed by “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Rock and Roll Music,” and “Roll Over, Beethoven.” He was one of the first to shape big-beat blues into what came to be called rock and roll (see rock music) and to achieve widespread popularity with white audiences. After two trials tainted by racist overtones, in 1959 he began a five-year prison sentence for immoral behaviour. In 1972 he achieved his first number one hit, “My Ding-A-Ling.” He continued to perform into the 1990s. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were among the many rock bands greatly influenced by Berry.

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Chuck Berry - Anthology was released in 2000 under Chess Records. The album is intended as an overview of Chuck Berry's song-writing career. It is a two-disc anthology which contains 50 tracks of Chuck Berry's finest songs. It includes hits such as "Reelin' and Rockin'", "Maybellene", "No Particular Place To Go", "Nadine (Is It You?)", "You Never Can Tell", "Almost Grown", "Carol", "Johnny B. Goode", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Rock and Roll Music", "School Days", "Roll over Beethoven", and a live single edit of his only number one hit song, "My Ding-a-Ling", among other classic Chuck Berry songs.

The album was later reissued and packaged in 2005 as part of Universal Records's Gold series. The album was simply retitled Gold.

Track listing

Disc 1

  1. "Maybellene"
  2. "Wee Wee Hours"
  3. "Thirty Days"
  4. "You Can't Catch Me"
  5. "Downbound Train"
  6. "No Money Down"
  7. "Brown Eyed Handsome Man"
  8. "Roll Over Beethoven"
  9. "Too Much Monkey Business"
  10. "Havana Moon"
  11. "School Day"
  12. "Rock And Roll Music"
  13. "Oh Baby Doll"
  14. "Sweet Little Sixteen"
  15. "Guitar Boogie"
  16. "Reelin' & Rockin'"
  17. "Johnny B. Goode"
  18. "Around And Around"
  19. "Beautiful Delilah"
  20. "House Of Blue Lights"
  21. "Carol"
  22. "Jo Jo Gunne"
  23. "Memphis, Tennessee"
  24. "Sweet Little Rock & Roller"
  25. "Little Queenie"
  26. "Almost Grown"

Disc 2

  1. "Back In The U.S.A."
  2. "Do You Love Me"
  3. "Betty Jean"
  4. "Childhood Sweetheart"
  5. "Let It Rock"
  6. "Too Pooped To Pop"
  7. "I Got To Find My Baby"
  8. "Don't You Lie To Me"
  9. "Bye Bye Johnny"
  10. "Jaguar & Thunderbird"
  11. "Down The Road Apiece"
  12. "Confessin' The Blues"
  13. "I'm Talking About You"
  14. "Come On"
  15. "Nadine (Is It You?)"
  16. "You Never Can Tell"
  17. "Promised Land"
  18. "No Particular Place To Go"
  19. "Dear Dad"
  20. "I Want To Be Your Driver"
  21. "Tulane"
  22. "My Ding-A-Ling (Live, Single Edit)"
  23. "Reelin' & Rockin"
  24. "Bio"


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