21 Facts About Chuck Berry

1. Chuck Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine's "Greatest of All Time" lists.

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2. Chuck Berry was ranked seventh on Time magazine's 2009 list of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time.

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3. On July 29, 2011, Chuck Berry was honored in a dedication of an eight-foot, in-motion Chuck Berry Statue in the Delmar Loop in St Louis, Missouri, right across the street from Blue Berry Hill.

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4. Chuck Berry was pronounced dead at the scene, aged 90, by his personal physician.

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5. Chuck Berry announced on his 90th birthday that his first new studio album since Rockit in 1979, entitled Chuck, would be released in 2017.

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6. Chuck Berry had a home at "Berry Park", near Wentzville, Missouri, where he lived part-time since the 1950s, and was the home in which he died.

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7. Chuck Berry lived in Ladue, Missouri, approximately 10 miles west of St Louis.

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8. In 1987, Chuck Berry was charged with assaulting a woman at New York's Gramercy Park Hotel.

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9. At the request of Jimmy Carter, Chuck Berry performed at the White House on June 1, 1979.

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10. Chuck Berry played at large events in North America, such as the Schaefer Music Festival, in New York City's Central Park in July 1969, and the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival in October.

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11. Chuck Berry had continued recording and performing during the trials, but his output had slowed as his popularity declined; his final single released before he was imprisoned was "Come On".

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12. Chuck Berry had opened a racially integrated St Louis nightclub, Berry's Club Bandstand, and invested in real estate.

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13. In late 1957, Chuck Berry took part in Alan Freed's "Biggest Show of Stars for 1957", touring the United States with the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and others.

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14. Chuck Berry said, "It came out at the right time when Afro-American music was spilling over into the mainstream pop.

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15. On May 21, 1955, Chuck Berry recorded an adaptation of the song "Ida Red", under the title "Maybellene", with Johnnie Johnson on the piano, Jerome Green on the maracas, Jasper Thomas on the drums and Willie Dixon on the bass.

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16. Chuck Berry thought his blues music would be of more interest to Chess, but to his surprise it was a traditional country fiddle tune, "Ida Red", as recorded by Bob Wills, that got Chess's attention.

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17. Chuck Berry took guitar lessons from his friend Ira Harris, which laid the foundation for his guitar style.

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18. Chuck Berry was doing well enough by 1950 to buy a "small three room brick cottage with a bath" on Whittier Street, which is listed as the Chuck Berry House on the National Register of Historic Places.

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19. On October 28, 1948, Chuck Berry married Themetta "Toddy" Suggs, who gave birth to Darlin Ingrid Berry on October 3, 1950.

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20. Chuck Berry was released from the reformatory on his 21st birthday in 1947.

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21. Chuck Berry gave his first public performance in 1941 while still a student at Sumner High School; he was still a student there in 1944, when he was arrested for armed robbery after robbing three shops in Kansas City, Missouri, and then stealing a car at gunpoint with some friends.

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