Chuck Berry

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Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and is one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. 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 major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and music featuring guitar solos and showmanship that were a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947. After his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of the blues musician T-Bone Walker, Berry began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess, of Chess Records. With Chess he recorded "Maybellene"—Berry's adaptation of the country song "Ida Red"—which sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard magazine's rhythm and blues chart. By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star with several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis nightclub, Berry's Club Bandstand. But in January 1962, he was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines.

After his release in 1963, Berry had more hits in the mid-1960s, including "No Particular Place to Go", "You Never Can Tell", and "Nadine". By the mid-1970s, he was more in demand as a live performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality. In 1979 he served 120 days in prison for tax evasion.

Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having "laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance." Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine's "greatest of all time" lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry's: "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", and "Rock and Roll Music". Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Chuck Berry - Father of Rock and Roll Chuck Berry 1
2011 Icon Chuck Berry 1
2011 Rocks Chuck Berry 1
2013 The Indispensable Chuck Berry Chuck Berry 1
5 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles and Rare Tracks Chuck Berry 1
14 All-Time Hits Chuck Berry 1
14 Greatest Hits Chuck Berry 1
20 Greatest Hits Chuck Berry 2
20 Reflective Recordings Chuck Berry 1
20 Super Hits Chuck Berry 1
20th Century Music Chuck Berry 1
23 Original Rock 'n' Roll Hits Chuck Berry 1
Chuck Berry Chuck Berry 3 1
Chuck Berry in Memphis Chuck Berry 1
Chuck Berry/More Chuck Berry Chuck Berry 1
Collection Chuck Berry 1
Collection Chuck Berry 1
Compilation Chuck Berry Chuck Berry 1
Greatest Chuck Berry 1
Greatest Hits Chuck Berry 1
Greatest Hits Chuck Berry 1
Greatest Hits Chuck Berry 1
Legends in Music Chuck Berry 1
Let It Rock Chuck Berry 1
Masters of the Blues: The Best of Chuck Berry Chuck Berry 1
Portrait of Chuck Berry Chuck Berry 1
Reelin' and Rockin' Chuck Berry 1
Rock & Roll Music Chuck Berry 1
Rock Idols Little Richard / Chuck Berry / Fats Domino 1
Rockin' the Hits Chuck Berry 1
Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry 1
Run Around Chuck Berry 1
Super Hits Chuck Berry 1
Sweet Little Sixteen Chuck Berry 3
The Berry Best Chuck Berry 1
The Best Of Chuck Berry 1
The Best Of Chuck Berry 1
The Best Of Chuck Berry Chuck Berry 1
The Best... Chuck Berry Chuck Berry 1
The Chess Box Chuck Berry 1
The Magic Collection Chuck Berry 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Eddy Mitchell présente les rois du rock, volume 5: Chuck Berry à l'Olympia Chuck Berry 1
1982 1982: Live at the Roxy: The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA, USA Chuck Berry 1
1984 Reelin’ and Rockin’ Chuck Berry 2
1991 On Stage Chuck Berry 1
1994 Live at the Fillmore Auditorium Chuck Berry 1
1997 Greatest Hits Chuck Berry 1
1997 Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll: Live in Toronto Chuck Berry 2
2003 Chuck Berry Live Chuck Berry 1
2005 Live in la Riviera Chuck Berry 1
2009 1972-03-29: Six Two Five: BBC Theater, London, England Chuck Berry 1
1977-05-19: De Zandkull Open Air Theatre, Lochem, Netherlands Chuck Berry with Matchbox 1
Rock 'n' Roll Music Chuck Berry 1
Rock 'n' Roll Music 2 Chuck Berry 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Chuck Berry 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 Maybellene / Wee Wee Hours Chuck Berry 1
1955 Thirty Days / Together We Will Always Be Chuck Berry 1
1956 You Can't Catch Me / Havana Moon Chuck Berry 1
1956 Too Much Monkey Business / Brown Eyed Handsome Man Chuck Berry 1
1957 Johnny B. Goode / Around and Around Chuck Berry 1
1957 School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell) / Deep Feeling Chuck Berry 1
1958 Sweet Little Sixteen / Reelin' and Rockin' Chuck Berry 1
1958 Carol / Hey Pedro (Lazy Pedro) Chuck Berry 1
1958 Carol Chuck Berry 1
1958 Run Rudolph Run / Merry Christmas Baby Chuck Berry 1
1959 Almost Grown / Little Queenie Chuck Berry 1
1959 Back in the U.S.A. / Memphis, Tennessee Chuck Berry 1
1961 I'm Talking About You Chuck Berry 1
1961 Come On / Go Go Go Chuck Berry 1
1963 Let It Rock Chuck Berry 1
1964 Nadine (Is It You?) / O Rangutang Chuck Berry 1
1964 No Particular Place to Go / You Two Chuck Berry 2
1964 The Promised Land Chuck Berry 1
1972 My Ding-A-Ling / Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry 1
1972 Rock and Roll Music Chuck Berry 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Sweet Little Rock and Roller Chuck Berry 1
The Charly Originals Chuck Berry 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Concerto In B. Goode Chuck Berry 1

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