Chuck Berry is born: 10/18/26.
Married Themetta “Toddy” Suggs in 1948; were married 68 years.
Chuck Berry: “It amazes me when I hear people say ‘I want to go out and find out who I am.’ I always knew who I was. I was going to be famous if it killed me.’”
Chuck Berry: “I would sing the blues if I had the blues.”
Chuck Berry: “I grew up thinking Art was pictures until I got into music and found I was an artist and didn’t need paint.”
1955: His first hit = “Maybellene.”
When Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first met each other, one of them knew the other because he carried a record of Chuck Berry under his arm.
Chuck Berry “made the guitar the star, not a background instrument.”
Keith Richards(pictured): “I stole everything I could from Chuck Berry’s guitar work.”
1977: When NASA launched the unmanned Voyager 1 spacecraft, “Johnny B. Goode” was the one rock and roll song included on a golden record that would explain music on earth.
Some of Chuck Berry’s hits = “Maybellene; Too Much Monkey Business; Roll Over Beethoven; Brown Eyed Handsome Man; School Days; Rock and Roll Music; Reelin’ and Rockin’; Sweet Little Sixteen; Johnny B. Goode; Carol; Nadine; You Never Can Tell; No Particular Place To Go; My Ding-A-Ling…………
John Lennon: “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.”
Bob Dylan: “Chuck Berry is the Shakespeare of rock and roll.”
Bruce Springsteen: “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock and roll writer who ever lived.”
Keith Richards gave the introduction speech when Chuck Berry was among the first class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995).
Chuck Berry performed at the White House, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, received Kennedy Center Honors, and got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
When Berry died, Mick Jagger said: “All of us in Rock have now lost our Father.”