Dead People You Should Know: Chuck Berry

Born October 18, 1926, Charles Edward Anderson also known as Chuck Berry was an iconic artist and innovator of the Rock and Roll genre. Unfortunately, Chuck died on March 18, 2017. His life started In Saint Louis, Missouri where he lived in The Ville, a middle class section of town. He went through a tough period of misbehavior during high school where he was arrested for armed robbery and car theft. He served several years in an intermediate prison.

A year after being released from prison he married “Toddy” Suggs who gave birth to his daughter Darlin Ingrid Berry in 1950. He held many jobs in Saint Louis such as a factory worker and a janitor. He eventually trained as a beautician and got a good job. His music career began when he was a teen and he worked with several bands while holding other jobs. He took guitar lessons and was playing in fairly successful band in 1953. He continued playing all through the 1900’s starting with Chess Records in 1955. His classics included “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven”. His style began with blues and slowly migrated into the earliest of rock and roll.

Over the years, he played with many bands such as “The Steve Miller Band”. He continued touring all through the late 1900 has and all the way up to 2011. He had been working on an album before he passed away which will be released this year. This is his first new record in 38 years. He will be remembered as a pioneer of rock and roll and a hearty soul in the history books. He changed many lives and was influential in many ways as he became the legend that he was known as today. 

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