Chuck Berry Dies at 90; Helped Define Rock ’n’ Roll




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  2. by   herring_RN
    President George W. Bush said Chuck Berry was a huge influence in his teenage years, as he was to many people world wide wherever we had a radio.
    I know a nurse from Indonesia where rock music was not allowed. But with a cheap transistor radio she heard it on an Australian station.
    Listen to the speech at 4:30
    Last edit by herring_RN on Mar 18 : Reason: typo
  3. by   Spidey's mom
    He definitely defined a generation of music that I grew up on as well.

    Our musical artists are aging, just like we are.

    Thanks for the videos herring!

    Rest in peace Mr. Berry.
  4. by   Davey Do
    It was 1971 when I first saw Chuck Berry in concert in St.Louis. Of course he put on a marvelous concert, was entertaining, told stories, sang his hits, did the duck walk. A great memory- sitting on that hill that overlooked the stadium on that hot, dry summer afternoon.
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    Rest in peace Mr. Berry.
    Actually, I believe Mr. Berry is going to "Roll Over Beethoven"!
  5. by   Davey Do
    I was just thinking about the "Million Dollar Quartet" recording of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins in that impromptu recording session at Sun Records Studio back in 1956.

    They did Chuck Berry's "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" saying what great lyrics they were, doing a verse here and there, and cracking up over the words. Especially the part,
    "Venous De Milo was a beautiful lass
    She had the world in the palm of her hand.
    She lost both arms in a wrestling match
    To meet a brown-eyed handsome man.
    She fought and won her herself a brown-eyed handsome man".

    It's a wonderful recording of some early greats of Rock N Roll paying homage to a brethren.
  6. by   ElvishDNP
    Ah, a stroll down memory lane. I have the Million Dollar Quartet CD and Brown-Eyed Handsome Man is one of my favorite songs on there. It's a great CD altogether!

    My father taught me all the words to My Ding-a-ling before I went to kindergarten. It went over very well at Sunday School.

    Love me some Chuck Berry. The day he died I had to explain to a couple girls at work who he was. I felt old.
  7. by   herring_RN
    When I think of the "Swagger" the " 'we know better than the adults' attitude he put into rock I think of "Roll Over Beethoven"
    And Pink Floyd's "We Don't Need No Education"
    Chuck Berry Didn't Invent Rock n' Roll, But He Turned It Into an Attitude That Changed the World
    ... The St. Louis auteur contributed three things to rock music that no one else did: (1) An irresistible swagger, (2) a focus on the guitar riff as the primary melodic element and (3) an emphasis on songwriting as storytelling....
    Chuck Berry Didn't Invent Rock n' Roll, But He Turned It Into an Attitude That Changed the World | Billboard
    Without Chuck Berry, these 10 famous rock songs would not exist
    Without Chuck Berry, these 1 famous rock songs would not exist | PBS NewsHour
    In April 1962, Keith Richards wrote his dear Aunt Patty a cordial and loopy and exuberant letter in which he describes reconnecting with a primary-school classmate named Mick Jagger at a Dartford train station. Mick initiated the conversation because Keith was holding a Chuck Berry record under his arm, and the two immediately fell in together, and to this day, have never quite fallen back out. That’s all it took. “He’s got every record Chuck Berry ever made and all his mates have, too,” Keith enthuses, adding that he and Mick recently started a band. Aunt Patty gets to hear all about that, too: “I play guitar (electric) Chuck style we got us a bass player and drummer and rhythm guitar and we practice two or three nights a week. SWINGIN.’” It had begun. Chuck Berry started it.
    Without Chuck Berry There Would Be No Rock ’n’ Roll
    Every rock 'n' roll guy starts by playing Chuck Berry songs. Elvis got rock 'n' roll into white teenagers’ bedrooms, but no one matched Chuck Berry, and the creators of rock 'n' roll all admitted it. Jerry Lee Lewis has a big ego, but in the movie, Jerry Lee Lewis says on camera, “He’s the greatest.”Chuck Berry defined rock 'n' roll guitar, he was a fantastic performer, but more importantly, he was the first great rock 'n' roll songwriter. All of them — The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Prince — they’ve all said they wouldn’t be there without Chuck Berry. And he did it over and over again.
    Chuck Berry Documentarian Taylor Hackford's Tribute to a "Diabolical, Complicated, Talented" Star | Hollywood Reporter

  8. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Davey Do
    I was just thinking about the "Million Dollar Quartet" recording of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins in that impromptu recording session at Sun Records Studio back in 1956.

    It's a wonderful recording of some early greats of Rock N Roll paying homage to a brethren.
    Elvis Presley(Million Dollar Quartet)Brown Eyed Handsome Man - YouTube
  9. by   herring_RN
    error
    Last edit by herring_RN on Mar 29 : Reason: double post
  10. by   herring_RN
    I love at the end when one, (Carl Perkins?)says,"I just came of tour with Chuck Berry.
    Man, he would sit back stage and lie!"
    My uncle was a BIG Johnny Cash fan.
  11. by   ElvishDNP

    A fun video of Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, and Eric Clapton jamming.
  12. by   DanielaLee5
    I must confess I didn't know who it is untill I watched Cadillac Records movie..
    R.I.P. Chuck Berry

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