Saturday, March 18, 2017

"You Never Can Tell" Chuck Berry Checks Out @ 90yrs old

Another legend in music checks off the planet....

Chuck Berry Dead at 90

The rock and roll innovator has died

Chuck Berry has died, ABC News reports. He was 90. The legendary rock'n'roll innovator influenced the Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and countless other musicians of every generation that followed him. 
Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born in St. Louis in 1926 and got his start playing guitar in clubs around the city. In 1955, during a trip to Chicago, he recorded a version of the hillbilly song “Ida Red” for the blues label Chess, retitling it “Maybellene.” More hits followed throughout the ’50s—“Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Berry toured relentlessly and appeared in movies like Rock! Rock! Rock! and T.A.M.I. Show. He opened his own St. Louis venue Club Bandstand in 1958. His amusement park Berryland followed in 1961.
Berry's career hit a snag when he was arrested in 1959 for transporting a minor across state lines. He eventually went to prison for charges stemming from that arrest in 1962. After his release from prison, he scored a few more hits, like “No Particular Place to Go” and “You Never Can Tell.” He landed his only U.S. No. 1 single in 1972 with “My Ding-a-Ling.” Late in the ’70s, he served another short prison sentence for tax evasion.
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BobB said...

A legend. No guitar player alive hasn't copied his licks and solos. We owe him a debt of gratitude as do guitar players world wide.

It's been a tough week for musicians. Not a widely reported, but legendary Blues man James Cotton left us a few days ago as well.

They'll be missed.


Les_F said...

Thanks for the heads up Bob, I hadn't heard that James Cotton died.
You know I still have a lot of albums and those guys are included in that collection somewhere. I really should one day go through all that old vinyl one day. Cheers ! Les