Charles Edward Anderson Berry October 18, — March 18, was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Nicknamed the " Father of Rock and Roll ", Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive with songs such as " Maybellene " , " Roll Over Beethoven " , " Rock and Roll Music " and " Johnny B. Goode " 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 to After his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early , influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of the blues musician T-Bone Walker , Berry began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. 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 s, Berry was an established star, with several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career.
Chuck Berry's Rock ’n’ Roll Legacy
Leonard Chess came up with the title, inspired by a Maybelline mascara box lying on the floor at the Chess studio. We always had food on the table. Berry was inspired to write this song while he was touring through heavily black and Latino areas of California. He decided to write his own song after a gigging in New York City, where he met Cubans for the first time. Certainly, missing the boat and surely missing the girl had bene experienced many times by me. He made playful jabs at jazz, mambo and tango, styles that were popular at the time, and clearly outlined what rock was, from its backbeat to its wailing saxes.
Nats Jon: Chuck berry was one of the architect of rock and roll In a song like Jony B. The teenager was being invented in the 50s and chuck berry helped invent it. So, Berry understood what kinds wanted in a way before they did, he helped create the whole attitude of the American teenager. Nats Jon: Roll over Beethoven was one of his early songs and you can just imagine a kid, a rock n roller, thinking, why am I listening to Beethoven, why are my teachers making me listen to Tchaikovsky? I just wanna rock and roll, he got that sense of generational change. By Jon Pareles. He was
Louis, Missouri , U. Raised in a working-class African American neighbourhood on the north side of the highly segregated city of St. Berry was still attending high school when he was sent to a Missouri prison for young offenders to serve three years for armed robbery. After his release and return to St.