Chuck Berry: An Influential Rock N Roll Artist In Music History

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-Charles Anderson Edward Berry or known as Chuck Berry is the most influential rock n roll artist in music history. He’s known for his songs including ‘Maybellene’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’.
-He was born on October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was exposed to music at a young age at school and church. His parents, Martha and Henry Berry, were grandchildren of slaves and they were among the African Americans who migrated from rural south to St. Louis for employment during World War 1. Martha was among the few of black women to receive a college education and Henry was a carpenter and a deacon at the Antioch Baptist Church.
-When Chuck was born it was a segregated city. He grew up in the north of St Louis, in a town that was for middle class
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At the age of 17, he and his friends dropped out of school to go on a road trip to California. They reached Kansas City and found a pistol left in a parking lot and decided to go on a robbing spree. They got caught by a policeman and spent 10 years in prison. -In mid 1950’s he took a road trip to Chicago, the mid west capital of black music, in search of a record contract. In 1955, he met with Chess Records. He then recorded his song “Maybellene” and showed the record company. They immediately offered him a contract and Maybellene was number one on the chart.

-Charles Anderson Edward Berry or known as Chuck Berry is the most influential rock n roll artist in music history. He’s known for his songs including ‘Maybellene’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’.
-He was born on October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was exposed to music at a young age at school and church. His parents, Martha and Henry Berry, were grandchildren of slaves and they were among the African Americans who migrated from rural south to St. Louis for employment during World War 1. Martha was among the few of black women to receive a college education and Henry was a carpenter and a deacon at the Antioch Baptist
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Firstly, Berry is the true king of rock n roll, not Elvis Presley. This is because unlike Presley, Berry wrote and played he’s own songs and not anybody else’s. Chuck’s distinctive guitar riffing (is a sequence or cluster of chords or notes used in a song). This made placed him on the charts in the 1950s. Then made the guitar a symbol of rock n roll.
-He wasn’t just seen as the best rock n roll artist by his fans but, by other famous musicians like John Lennon. Here is a quote said by him “If you tried to give rock n roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.” As John Lennon was the most influential songwriter of the modern era he noticed and acknowledged Chuck was influential and was the living definition of the art.
-Back then, everyone had preferred white people and he was judged if he did anything inappropriate or wrong and it wouldn’t be tolerated. When Elvis Presley would perform he’s shows or music videos, he would use provocative movements, this would mostly be tolerated because of he’s skin colour. Chuck was able to write his song so it was radio friendly for a wider

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