"Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll"
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
-- inducted 1986
Blues Hall of Fame
-- inducted 1985
Songwriters Hall of Fame
-- inducted 1986
The year was 1955. Chuck Berry, then a relatively
unknown blues musician from St. Louis, arrived at a Southside Chicago club to hear the
legendary Muddy Waters perform. During a break, Berry introduced himself to Waters
backstage, toyed with the string of his guitar and asked if he could play one of his
Waters was so impressed with what he heard that he arranged an
appointment with Leonard Chess of Chess Records, then the leading major "black
music" record company in the country. Chess took a gamble on the obscure musician
from Missouri and let him record two songs on a disk. One was called "Maybelline"
and caused an immediate sensation, quickly becoming one of the most popular songs in the
country, one of the first songs to win a triple crown on the Billboard
charts: number one in rhythm-and-blues, number one in country-and-western and number one in pop.
For Chuck Berry, it was the beginning of a sound that
would excite and electrify three generations to come the sound of rock 'n' roll!
"Roll Over Beethoven" followed in 1956, a
song which influenced millions of teenagers in America. Several years later, in the
1960's, the Beatles earned one of the few gold records they received for a song they
didn't write when they paid homage to Berry with their version of "Beethoven."
Among the greatest hits which Berry created include "Rock and Roll Music" (later recorded by the Beatles), "Around and Around," "Carol," "You Can't Catch
Me," "Memphis," "Johnny B. Goode," "Sweet Little
Sixteen," "Sweet Sixteen," "School Days," "Brown-Eyed
Handsome Man," "Nadine," "Almost Grown," "Too Much Monkey
Business," "No Particular Place to Go," "Back in the U.S.A.,"
"Reelin' and Rockin'," "Thirty Days" and "My Ding-A-Ling."
On January 23, 1986 Chuck Berry was inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll
Hall of Fame.
Hit songs include --
- My Ding-A-Ling
- School Day
- Sweet Little Sixteen
- Johnny B. Goode
- Roll Over Beethoven
- Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)
- Almost Grown
- Too Much Monkey Business
- Brown Eyed Handsome Man
- Rock & Roll Music
- No Money Down
- No Particular Place To Go
- Wee Wee Hours
- Oh Baby Doll
- Sweet Little Rock And Roll
- You Never Can Tell
- Back In The U.S.A.
- Too Pooped To Pop
- Nadine (Is It You?)
- Reelin' & Rockin'
Chuck Berry may be available for your next special event!
.Classic Rock. / ClassicRock
.Rock & Roll. / RockNRoll
.Early R&B. / EarlyR&B
x50s, x60s, x70s
Born: ..in Missouri / born nMissouri
..in St. Louis / born
Oct 18, 1926
Based: ..in Missouri / based nMissouri
..in St. Louis /