Chuck Berry Influence

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Jerry Lee Lewis’ mother once said, “Well, you and Elvis are pretty good, but you're no Chuck Berry.” Chuck Berry is considered to be the true king of Rock and Roll. By using Boogie-Woogie piano patterns to change them into electric guitar, Berry invented a particular style with his electrifying guitar that has become the guide for rock and roll guitar and music as well. He was not only a good guitarist, but a memorable singer, that blended melodic hooks, distinctive patterns in his rhythm and used meaningful lyrics that have made many people call first great poet of rock. Berry’s influence on Rock and Roll not only impacted the way how it would sound, but also how it was perceived by all races. Chuck Berry’s revolutionary sound was not completely new material though. He was heavily influenced by blues musicians, especially Muddy Waters who introduced him to Chess Records where he later recorded Maybellene, which became a number one on R&B charts, and number five on pop. He was also influenced by country musicians that he had heard on the radio transforming two sounds and blending them into one. Extending beyond the usually black audience from R&B in the area of rock oriented audience; his music achieved a much bigger appeal to more people. Using guitar tricks and parts of blues singers style, Berry designed a form that many had wanted to quickly copy from. Chuck Berry said, “I made records for people who would buy them. No color, no ethnic, no political-- I don’t want that, never did.” This describes how he felt about racism very well. As a child, Berry grew up in a small town in Missouri that was extremely segregated. He recalled the time when he first saw a white man, at the age of five, was when there was a house that had ca... ... middle of paper ... ... the young hip teenagers. Not to mention is previous track record with the law. Berry went to jail twice. Once, right after he had dropped out of school when he was 17, for robbery. The other was a much more serious offense. In 1963, he was convicted under the Mann Act of illegally transporting an underage woman across state lines for “immoral reasons.” This ended him in jail for two years. Not only did this event impact the way that people viewed him, but it also stopped him from recording many songs; halting his career to a stop. Of course he did write songs while he was there, and a few were popular ones, none were as good as his old ones. It also did not benefit Berry that right when he was being convicted, Elvis Presley was just discharged from the army. This meant that for two years Berry had no musical input while Elvis was becoming more famous each month.
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