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Chuck Berry Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition)

Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition)
 
 
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Chuck Berry: Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition)

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Deluxe Edition of Bear Family's Chuck Berry boxed set in full-sized ES-series guitar case
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Deluxe Edition of Bear Family's Chuck Berry boxed set in full-sized ES-series guitar case

containing:
16-CD boxed set (28 x 28 x 6 cms ) with 2 hardcover books (356 total pages) in a clothbound slipcase, plus magnetic key holder with Chuck Berry image. 396 tracks, total playing time: 21 hours and 11 minutes.


"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'" (John Lennon)

Since our launch in 1975, we at Bear Family have wanted to honor Chuck Berry. There have been endless Chuck Berry compilations—more than anyone could possibly tabulate, but we wanted to do the ultimate Chuck Berry compilation, containing:
  • Every single and LP track, starting with a rare pre-Chess single with Joe Alexander from 1954!
  • All the celebrated and legendary Chess singles and album cuts from 1955 to 1966 and from 1969 to 1974.
  • All the Mercury recordings, and the Atco album. Every surviving alternate take as well.
  • Classic Live Recordings from 1956 to 1972.
  • Exclusive introduction by Sir Paul McCartney.
  • The guitar-case DeLuxe edition of Chuck Berry's "Rock And Roll Music, Any Old Way You Choose It - The complete Studio Recordings, plus" comes in an exclusive full-sized guitar-case (ES-series) just like the one that carried Chuck Berry’s guitar to a gig near you in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, and ‘10s.
  • Stylish magnetic key holder with Chuck Berry image
In addition to these features, the limited and numbered (88 copies) Chuck Berry Birthday edition contains a
  • Signed certificate
But there’s more!
Expatriate British photographer Bill Greensmith lives in St. Louis and a few years back he found the photo archive of Chuck Berry’s uncle, Harry Davis. Included are many previously unseen images of Chuck performing in St. Louis and hanging out with friends and family. In these images, Chuck is unguarded and relaxed. We also see him performing at blues nightspots in and around St. Louis before he was famous. These photos, included with this set in a high quality 104-page hardbound book, will open your eyes to Chuck Berry as you’ve never seen him.

Plus, there’s a second 252-page hardbound book with a definitive essay from Chuck’s biographer, Bruce Pegg, additional texts by Mike Snow and Roger Fairhurst, a comprehensive discography by Fred Rothwell, hundreds of published and unpublished photos, including several images made by respected French photographer Jean-Marie Perrier in 1964.

In other words, everything you want by Chuck Berry in one place!
The last word on the first name in Rock ‘n’ Roll.


More facts on Chuck Berry:
  • In Rolling Stone’s list of The Immortals—the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Chuck Berry is listed at Number Five.
  • Six of his songs are in Rolling Stone’s Greatest 500 Songs Ever Written.
  • In Rolling Stone’s Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, Johnny B. Goode is Number One.
  • He was a Kennedy Center honoree in 2000. He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984.
  • When he was in the first round of inductees into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, his induction read: While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together. It was his particular genius to graft country & western guitar licks onto a rhythm & blues chassis in his very first single, 'Maybellene'.


The set will be available November 20, 2014!!

Deluxe Edition in full-sized ES-series guitar case - special birthday edition numbered and limited to only 88 copies


 

Songs

Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 1
1: Maybellene
2: Wee Wee Hours
3: Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)
4: Together (We Will Always Be)
5: You Can't Catch Me
6: Roly Poly
7: Berry Pickin' (instrumental)
8: (The) Down Bound Train
9: No Money Down
10: I've Changed
11: Drifting Heart
12: Brown Eyed Handsome Man
13: Roll Over Beethoven
14: Too Much Monkey Business
15: Havana Moon
16: Rock And Roll Music (demo)
17: Untitled Instrumental
18: Deep Feeling (instrumental)
19: School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)
20: Lajaunda (Español)
21: Blue Feeling (instrumental)
22: Low Feeling (instrumental)
23: How You've Changed
24: Rock And Roll Music
25: Oh Baby Doll
26: 13 Question Method
27: How High The Moon (instrumental)
28: Maria Joe Alexander
29: Hope These Words Will Find You Well Joe Alexander
30: Sweet Little Sixteen (demo)
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 2
1: Sweet Little Sixteen
2: Rock At The Philharmonic (instrumental)
3: Guitar Boogie (instrumental)
4: Night Beat (instrumental)
5: Time Was (slow version)
6: Reelin' And Rockin'
7: Chuckwalk (instrumental)
8: Johnny B Goode
9: Around And Around
10: Ingo (instrumental)
11: It Don't Take But A Few Minutes
12: Blues For Hawaiians (instrumental)
13: Beautiful Delilah
14: Vacation Time
15: 21
16: 21 Blues
17: Oh Yeah
18: Hey Pedro
19: Time Was
20: House Of Blue Lights
21: Carol
22: Jo Jo Gunne
23: Memphis Tennessee
24: Anthony Boy
25: Sweet Little Rock And Roller
26: Long Fast Jam (instrumental)
27: Long Slow Jam (instrumental)
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 3
1: Merry Christmas Baby
2: Run Rudolph Run
3: Little Queenie
4: That's My Desire
5: Do You Love Me
6: Almost Grown
7: Back In The USA
8: Fast B 6 (instrumental)
9: Blue On Blue (instrumental)
10: Betty Jean
11: County Line
12: Childhood Sweetheart
13: One O'Clock Jump (instrumental)
14: I Just Want To Make Love To You
15: Broken Arrow
16: Let It Rock
17: Too Pooped To Pop
18: Say You'll Be Mine The Ecuadors
19: Let Me Sleep Woman The Ecuadors
20: Drifting Blues
21: I Got To Find My Baby
22: Don't You Lie To Me
23: Worried Life Blues
24: Our Little Rendezvous
25: Bye Bye Johnny
26: Run Around
27: Jaguar And Thunderbird
28: Diploma For Two
29: Little Star
30: The Way It Was Before
31: Away From You
32: Down The Road Apiece
33: Confessin' The Blues
34: Sweet Sixteen
35: Thirteen Question Method
36: Stop And Listen
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 4
1: I Still Got The Blues
2: I'm Just A Lucky So And So
3: Mad Lad (instrumental)
4: Crying Steel (instrumental)
5: Route 66 (take 10)
6: I'm Talking About You
7: Rip It Up
8: Come On
9: Adulteen
10: The Man And The Donkey
11: Go Go Go
12: Trick Or Treat
13: Brown Eyed Handsome Man (instrumental)
14: Brown Eyed Handsome Man
15: All Aboard
16: Nadine (Is It You?)
17: You Never Can Tell
18: The Little Girl From Central
19: (The) Things I Used To Do
20: I'm In The Danger Zone
21: I'm In The Twilight Zone
22: Fraulein
23: Lonely All The Time (Crazy Arms)
24: O Rangutang (instrumental)
25: Big Ben (Blues)
26: (The) Promised Land
27: Brenda Lee
28: No Particular Place To Go
29: You Two
30: Liverpool Drive (instrumental)
31: Chuck's Beat (instrumental)
32: Bo's Beat (instrumental)
33: Little Marie
34: Go, Bobby Soxer
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 5
1: Lonely School Days
2: His Daughter Caroline
3: Dear Dad
4: I Want To Be Your Driver
5: Spending Christmas (My Blue Christmas)
6: The Song Of My Love
7: Butterscotch (instrumental)
8: After It's Over (instrumental)
9: Why Should We End This Way
10: You Came A Long Way From St Louis
11: She Once Was Mine
12: Jamaica Farewell
13: My Little Love Light
14: I Got A Booking
15: St Louis Blues
16: Shake Rattle And Roll
17: Honey Hush
18: Wee Wee Hours (instrumental)
19: Run Joe
20: It's My Own Business
21: One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
22: Every Day We Rock And Roll
23: My Mustang Ford (instrumental)
24: My Mustang Ford
25: Merrily We Rock And Roll
26: Vaya Con Dios
27: Wee Hour Blues
28: It Wasn't Me
29: Ain't That Just Like A Woman
30: Right Off Rampart Street 2:21 31 Welcome Back Pretty Baby
32: Sad Day, Long Night (instrumental)
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 6
1: Ramona, Say Yes
2: Viva (Viva) Rock And Roll
3: His Daughter Caroline (fast version)
4: Lonely School Days (fast version)
5: Campus Cookie (instrumental)
6: Mum's The Word
7: My Tambourine
8: Laugh And Cry
9: Maybelline
10: School Days
11: Sweet Little Sixteen
12: Johnny B Goode
13: Memphis
14: Roll Over Beethoven
15: Rock'n'Roll Music
16: Club Nitty Gritty
17: Around And Around
18: Oh Captain
19: Thirty Days
20: Back In The USA
21: Misery
22: Carol
23: Brown Eyed Handsome Man
24: Let It Rock
25: Reelin' And Rockin'
26: Almost Grown
27: Ramblin' Rose
28: Check Me Out
29: I Do Really Love You
30: Back To Memphis
31: Bring Another Drink
32: It Hurts Me Too
33: Goodnight, Well It's Time To Go
34: So Long
35: My Heart Will Always Belong To You
36: Flying Home (instrumental)
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 7
1: Sweet Little Rock'n'Roller
2: Oh Baby Doll
3: I Can't Believe
4: Soul Rockin'
5: Ma Dear
6: Rock Cradle Rock
7: The Love I Los
8: Louie To Frisco
9: I Love Her, I Love Her
10: Little Fox
11: Song Of My Love
12: Rock Cradle Rock (alt take)
13: Good Lookin' Woman
14: My Woman
15: It's Too Dark In There
16: Put Her Down
17: Concerto In B Goode (instrumental)
18: Tulane
19: Have Mercy Judge
20: untitled instrumental
21: My Ding-A-Ling
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 8
1: Gun (instrumental)
2: Gun (Fast) (instrumental)
3: Gun (Slow) (instrumental)
4: That's None Of Your Business
5: Instrumental
6: Christmas
7: I'm A Rocker
8: Flyin' Home (instrumental)
9: Fish & Chips
10: Some People
11: My Pad (poem)
12: Oh Louisiana
13: Festival
14: Let's Do Our Thing Together
15: Your Lick
16: Bound To Lose
17: Bordeaux In My Pirough
18: San Francisco Dues
19: My Dream (poem)
20: Roll 'Em Pete
21: Reelin' And Rockin'
22: My Ding-A-Ling
23: Johnny B Goode
24: Let's Boogie
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 9
1: Mean Old World
2: I Love You
3: I Will Not Let You Go
4: London Berry Blues (instrumental)
5: Blues #1 (instrumental)
6: Annie Lou
7: Rain Eyes
8: You And My Country
9: Sue Answer
10: Got It And Gone
11: A Deuce
12: Talkin' About My Buddy
13: Hello Little Girl Goodbye
14: One Sixty Nine AM (instrumental)
15: Aimlessly Driftin'
16: Woodpecker (instrumental)
17: Bio
18: Roll Away
19: Hi-Heel Sneakers
20: Jambalaya
21: The Song Of My Love
22: South Of The Border
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 10
1: I'm Just A Name
2: Too Late
3: Turn On The Houselights (instrumental)
4: Swanee River
5: You Are My Sunshine
6: Johnny B Blues (instrumental)
7: Dust My Broom
8: Don't You Lie To Me
9: My Babe
10: Here Today
11: I Just Want To Make Love To You
12: Rockin' (instrumental)
13: Shake Rattle And Roll
14: Baby What You Want Me To Do
15: Chuck's Beat
16: Bo's Beat
17: Bio
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 11
1: I Got To Find My Baby (stereo)
2: Bye Bye Johnny (stereo)
3: Run Around (stereo)
4: Diploma For Two (stereo)
5: Down The Road Apiece (stereo-longer fading)
6: Route 66 (stereo, alt take)
7: I'm Talking About You (stereo)
8: Come On (stereo, alt take)
9: Go Go Go (stereo)
10: Brown Eyed Handsome Man (stereo remix)
11: Jamaica Farewell (mono)
12: My Mustang Ford (stereo remix)
13: It Wasn't Me (stereo, alt take)
14: Ain't That Just Like A Woman (unfaded)
15: Ramona, Say Yes (stereo, alt mix w-o sax)
16: Move It
17: Oh What A Thrill
18: California
19: Pass Away
20: I Need You Baby
21: If I Were
22: House Lights
23: I Never Thought
24: Havana Moon
25: Wuden't Me
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 12
1: Maybeline [sic]
2: Roll Over Beethoven
4: Schooldays (School Day)
5: No Money Down
6: Sweet Little Sixteen
7: Johnny Be Goode
8: First Set Introduction
9: Guitar Boogie (instrumental)
10: Johnny B Goode
11: Sweet Little Sixteen
12: School Day
13: Memphis
14: Maybellene
15: Rock And Roll Music
16: Dust My Broom
17: Instrumental Boogie (instrumental)
18: Too Much Monkey Business
19: Johnny B Goode
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 13
1: Rock At The Philharmonic (instrumental)
2: Memphis
3: Guitar Boogie (instrumental)
4: Let It Rock
5: Wee Wee Hours
6: Goodnight Sweetheart/Johnnie B Goode/Let It Rock/Rock & Roll Music Medley
7: Introduction Walled Lake Casino, Detroit (October 26, 1963) first set
8: Guitar Boogie (instrumental)
9: Let It Rock
10: Almost Grown
11: Chuck Berry Dialogue #1
12: Memphis
13: Johnny B Goode
14: Introduction Walled Lake Casino, Detroit (October 26, 1963) second set
15: Instrumental Boogie
16: Sweet Little Sixteen
17: Wee Wee Hours
18: Chuck Berry Dialogue #2
19: Maybellene
20: Goodnight Sweetheart/Johnny B Goode/Let It Rock/School Day Medley
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 14
1: Fillmore Auditorium Introduction (June 27, 1967)
2: Rockin' At The Fillmore (instrumental)
3: Everyday I Have The Blues
4: CC Rider
5: Driftin' Blues
6: Feelin' It (instrumental)
7: Flying Home (instrumental)
8: I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
9: It Hurts Me Too
10: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
11: Fillmore Blues (instrumental)
12: Wee Baby Blues
13: Bring Another Drink
14: Worried Life Blues
15: Reelin' And Rockin'
16: My Ding-A-Ling
17: Johnny B Goode 3:00
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 15
1: Rock And Roll Music
2: Nadine
3: School Day (Long Live Rock And Roll)
4: (In The) Wee Wee Hours
5: Carol/Promised Land Johnny B Goode
6: Hoochie Coochie Man
7: Memphis Tennessee
8: Too Much Monkey Business
9: Reelin’ And Rockin’
10: Sweet Little Sixteen
11: My Ding-A-Ling
12: Bonsoir Cherie
13: Johnny B Goode
14: Maybelline
Berry, Chuck - Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition) CD 16
1: Lanchester Arts Festival Introduction, Coventry (February 3, 1972)
2: Roll Over Beethoven (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
3: Nadine (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
4: Sweet Little Sixteen (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
5: Instrumental (testing) (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
6: Roll 'Em Pete (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
7: Around And Around (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
8: It Hurts Me Too (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
9: Promised Land (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
10: Reelin' And Rockin' (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
11: My Ding-A-Ling (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
12: Johnny B Goode (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
13: South Of The Border (BBC Television Theatre, London (March 29, 1972))
14: School Days (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club' (BBC Light Programme))
15: Memphis Tennessee (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club' (BBC Light Programme))
16: Sweet Little Sixteen (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club' (BBC Light Programme))
17: Interview (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club' (BBC Light Programme))
18: Nadine (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club' (BBC Light Programme))
19: Johnny B Goode (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club' (BBC Light Programme))
20: Interview (Dr Pepper Promo)
21: Dr Pepper Commercial (Dr Pepper Promo)
22: Reelin' And Rockin' - Roll Over Beethoven (Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles (Late 1977))

 

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  • Interpret: Chuck Berry

  • Albumtitel: Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (Guitar case edition)

  • Format CD
  • Genre Rock 'n' Roll

  • Music Genre Rock 'n' Roll
  • Music Style Rock & Roll
  • Music Sub-Genre 201 Rock & Roll
  • Title Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings ... Plus! (16-CD/2 Books in full-size ES-series Guitar case)
  • Label Bear Family Productions

  • SubGenre Rock - Rock'n'Roll

  • EAN: 5397102170539

  • weight in Kg 6.000
 
 

Artist description "Berry, Chuck"

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry Rock'n'Roll Legend

18. Oktober 1926 in Saint Louis
18. März 2017 in Saint Charles

Chuck Berry Rock And Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings

Chuck Berry 1926 – 2017

One of Rock ’n’ Roll’s last living legends has passed away. The incredible Chuck Berry died March 18, 2017. The world of Rock music has lost its most influential pioneer, a seminal guitar stylist, the author of some of the most remarkable songs in Pop music history, and the inventor of the famous “duck walk“.

Early influences were Muddy Waters’ earthy electric Mississippi style Blues, the powerful Rhythm ’n’ Blues of Louis Jordan, and Nat ’King’ Cole’s vocal style. Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 18, 1926. During the mid-fifties, he developed his own trademark style, transferring the Blues in Chicago into a new genre, propelled by his unique and sharp guitar riffs and his original songwriting.

His simple but catchy guitar riffs had influence on generations of Rock guitar players. Without his brilliant ideas, his energy and songs, and his guitar playing, the story of Beat music in Europe and Rock music in general would have to be re-written. Both, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, had quite a number of Chuck Berry originals in their early repertoire.

Chuck Berry died in Saint Charles County, Missouri. – R.I.P.

John Lennon said, "if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."  

Chuck Berry

How essential was Chuck Berry to the primordial development of rock 'n' roll? Without his mammoth contributions, the idiom as we know it now simply wouldn't exist. Sure, we can cite his essential early influences (Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker, and a smidgen of Charlie Christian spring to mind), and there's no denying that there were precedents galore for Berry to draw from (the age-old debate about precisely what constitutes the first rock 'n' roll record will rage on for as long as anyone collects and reveres classic postwar R&B, blues, and country). But there can be little doubt that Berry devised much of the musical vocabulary that came to define the genre. Not only did he brainstorm the way rock guitar was supposed to sound, he captured and illuminated its rebellious teenage attitude through his extraordinary wordplay. He wrote virtually all of his Chess hits, a staggering accomplishment unto itself.

For a generation of kids, Chuck was rock 'n' roll.

He never made it onto 'The Ed Sullivan Show' during his '50s heyday the way Elvis did (considering the way Old Stoneface censored Presley's swiveling hips, the vision of Berry's guitar-thrusting splits and Duckwalk probably left him weak in the knees), but his legion of fans gobbled up each of his blistering Chess smashes the moment they hit the shelves. Countless bands covered his material, whether on wax or just onstage at local teen dances. When it came to filling a dance floor, Maybellene or Johnny B. Goode never failed to rock a house, no matter who happened to be playing them. The irony of it all was, Chuck was nowhere near his teen years when his debut single Maybellene catapulted him to immediate stardom in 1955. In fact, he was pushing 30. But he connected with the teenaged demographic so intensely, and his lanky, loose-limbed frame and acrobatic guitar antics looked so youthful, that no one ever questioned his emergence as a wry spokesman for their generation. Souped-up hot rod Fords, high school cuties, and the pure, unadulterated joy of rock 'n' roll were the subjects Chuck sang about the most and identified with the closest, and the kids readily embraced him as one of their own.

Born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis

Berry's road to fame was not without its speed bumps and extended detours. Born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, he progressed musically from the tame pop melodies he heard on his family's Philco radio by Kate Smith, Gene Autry, and Bing Crosby to the big band swing 78s of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Count Basie and ultimately to the blues platters of St. Louis Jimmy, Big Maceo, and Wee Bea Booze. A well-received performance of piano-playing orchestra leader Jay McShann's Confessin' The Blues at a 1941 Sumner High School assembly was a turning point. Berry had dabbled in piano at home (he hailed from a musical environment; his older sister Lucy was a promising mezzo-soprano), but here he was onstage, backed by equally young guitarist Tommy Stevens. That experience inspired Chuck to pick up an axe himself (Berry would revive McShann's tuneon Chess in 1960). He practiced on a four-string guitar on loan from a classmate, honing his chops and learning as many songs, both pop and R&B, as he could.   Unfortunately, music wasn't enough to keep the teenager on the straight and narrow.

A robbery spree across part of Missouri with two equally inexperienced accomplices in the autumn of 1944 culminated with the trio charged with car theft, which landed Berry and his pals in the Algoa Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men in Jefferson City, Missouri. Chuck sang with a gospel quartet and joined an R&B combo while in stir, serving nearly three years of his ten-year sentence before being sprung in October of '47. He returned to the Gateway City, got married, and started making inroads into playing music in local taverns, trading up from four strings to six and working hard on the physical schtick, utilizing his axe as a prop, that would enthrall American teens a few years later.

His first electric guitar

Once Berry acquired his first electric guitar from radio musician Joe Sherman (Chuck was a janitor at WEW, where Sherman played live over the air), the die was cast. He took lessons from St. Louis jazz guitarist Ira Harris and grooved to the riffs of Carl Hogan, lead fretsman for Louis Jordan's Tympany Five. In 1952, Tommy Stevens invited Chuck to sing with his combo at Huff's Garden in East St. Louis, Illinois, a gig that lasted for half a year. Blues and calypso were part of their show, but Berry wasn't averse to breaking out a rousing hillbilly ditty, much to the surprise and delight of his audiences. Then pianist Johnnie Johnson gave the young guitarist a call, asking him to play that New Year's Eve at the considerably larger Cosmopolitan Club, another East St. Louis gin joint, with his Sir John's Trio.

That call changed Chuck's life.   "I employed him one night to work for me, because one of my original players couldn't make it," said the late Johnson, born July 8, 1924 in Fairmont, West Virginia (for the record, the absent musician was saxist Alvin Bennett, who had suffered a stroke and would never play again). Johnnie, who had arrived in wide-open East St. Louis only nine months earlier after playing in Chicago in a combo with bassist Milton Rector, alternated tried-and-true pop standards such as Stardust and Deep Purple on his trio's set list with earthier blues and boogie numbers. He recalled the novelty of Berry's genre-hopping fondly. "It was something new, and everybody was very interested in it, especially coming from a black guy playing hillbilly music."

Drummer Ebby Hardy rounded out the trio, who continued on at the Cosmo with Chuck installed as the new focal point. During a break from Johnson's employ, the dynamic guitarist starred at the Crank Club in St. Louis proper with his own combo under the paper-thin alias of Chuck Berryn to avoid the ire of his religious-minded father. In 1954, Chuck made his debut on wax as a sideman on a single for Oscar Washington's tiny Ballad label by Joe Alexander, known to his local fans as Calypso Joe. The record didn't sell a lot of copies, but at least it represented a tentative beginning for Berry in the studio.

Chuck subsequently returned to gigging with Johnson at the Cosmo, his local star rising steadily. Having had an alluring taste of the studio life, Berry was eager to inaugurate his own recording career. St. Louis offered few opportunities on that front, but Chicago certainly had plenty. Chuck arrived in the Windy City with a buddy for a weekend's worth of club-hopping in May of '55. On the South Side, they encountered a marquee advertising Muddy Waters, the undisputed king of Chicago blues.

"I was playing at a club at 3609 Wentworth, the Dew Drop Lounge,"

said the late Waters. "He happened in on me. He must have been up from St. Louis, wandering around." After Muddy finished his set, Chuck approached him and told him of his desire to make a record of his own. Naturally, Waters recommended the company that he'd scored so many hits for: Chess Records. "I'm the man that sent him to the place," said Muddy. "I give him the address, told him they open at nine o'clock, be there at 10. Tell Leonard Chess I sent him there!'"

Berry followed Muddy's sage advice.

He was waiting bright and early outside the Chess offices, then located at 4750 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, that Monday morning. Launched by Leonard and his brother Phil in 1950 (Leonard had previously operated the Aristocrat logo with other partners, Muddy emerging as his top artist), Chess boasted a star-studded talent roster led by Waters, the ferocious Howlin' Wolf, blues harmonica genius Little Walter, and the Moonglows. Leonard asked the tall stranger for a demo tape, so Chuck zipped back down to St. Louis and huddled up with Johnson and Hardy. Before week's end, he was back in Chicago, tape in hand. Leonard was particularly taken with a country-styled rocker titled Ida May, inspired by the hillbilly chestnut Ida Red. It's safe to assume no one had ever walked through the Chess portals with such a daring hybrid before.

"The first time he came, he had practically the same songs (that he would record), but they was arranged different," said the late Chess house songwriter and bassist Willie Dixon. "He had more like a hillbilly style of things. After we listened to him quite a bit around there, we discussed it pro and con and reached a decision. If he could change that to a different style from the hillbilly style, to make it a little bluesier…"   On May 21, 1955, Chuck, Johnnie, and Ebby met Leonard and Phil at Chicago's top studio, Universal Recording Corporation on the near North Side, for Berry's all-important first session. Leonard wanted to get that bouncy country-styled song he was so fond of on tape pronto, but he instructed Berry to change its title.

In his autobiography, Chuck claimed he thought of a cow he'd read about in third grade named Maybellene and deftly made the switch, while Johnson contended that Leonard spied a Maybelline mascara bottle sitting off in a corner of the studio and suggested the change. His little combo fleshed out by Dixon's hard-hitting upright bass and an energetic maracas shaker that may have been Jerome Green from labelmate Bo Diddley's aggregation, Chuck tore through Maybellene like he really was in a breakneck race with his two-timing girlfriend, relating a riveting tale of his V-8 Ford chasing her Cadillac Coupe de Ville on a rain-slicked back road. Chuck's blasting guitar solo midway through was downright startling in its imagination, execution, and sheer ballsiness; the parameters of rock 'n' roll guitar were being defined that fateful day at Universal.

Maybellene

Released that July, Maybellene dashed to the top of the R&B hit parade the next month and remained there for 11 weeks.  Perhaps even more crucially, Maybellene made a lofty #5 pop impression, no doubt boosted by the extensive airplay Alan Freed gave it over the WINS airwaves in New York (and no wonder: the label cut him in for a third of Berry's writing credit; ditto Chess landlord Russ Fratto). The industry hastily responded with covers by deejay Jim Lowe and country luminary Marty Robbins. Elvis performed Maybellene live in his Sun days; fellow rockabillies Buddy Knox and Gene Vincent later tried it on for size in the studio.

That September brought competing answer songs entitled Come Back Maybellene by R&B stalwarts Big John Greer and Mercy Dee. But it wasn't until 1964, when Johnny Rivers cut a stripped-down live remake of Maybellene at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, that anyone else successfully cashed in on Chuck's initial triumph. A spectacular visual act who effortlessly did the splits mid-solo in addition to his trademark Duckwalk, Berry developed into a sensation on the rock 'n' roll package tours criss-crossing the country. "Alan Freed put us on his show," said Johnson. "We did 101 one-nighters across the country, from New York all the way to Florida. We was just doing those two numbers, 'Maybellene' and 'Wee Wee Hours.'"

When Berry and his combo

returned to Universal that September, Chuck carried another pounding country-tinged rocker in his guitar case, Thirty Days (To Come Back Home). Berry's gift for inventive rhymes and witty wordplay were in full bloom as he thundered through a tale of a lost love and his outlandish attempts to locate her (his faith in judges, the FBI, and the United Nations now seems ironic in light of his legal difficulties later on).

There's a raucous call-and-response vocal hook in the main chorus, and Berry's blazing guitar solo is a stunner, his staccato picking sounding at times more like a mandolin than an electric guitar. Thirty Days wasn't quite the blockbuster as its predecessor, topping out at #8 R&B and seeing no pop crossover action at all. Ronnie Hawkins and his Hawks revived the rocker in 1959 as his first American release, Ronnie adding an extra 10 days to his deadline and calling the result Forty Days. It proved a mild pop hit. Berry and his crew squeezed in one more date at Universal before year's end on December 20. Among the highlights was the plug side of his third single, No Money Down, a major change of direction with its blues-soaked stop-time construction (it made an #11 R&B showing with no pop crossover early the next year). Here cool cat Chuck saunters into an auto dealership and audaciously orders up the car of his dreams, tricked out with a short-wave radio, TV, and a phone, as well as a "full Murphy bed in my back seat!"

At the same session, Chuck returned to the open road for the rocking You Can't Catch Me, bragging about his unbeatable ride (he even outpaces the state cops on the turnpike) before describing a romantic tryst inside his fabulous vehicle (Maybellene gets a shout-out). For those fans who hadn't yet experienced him in person, Berry lip-synched the number in the film 'Rock Rock Rock!,' his distinctive look (wavy processed hair, white tux, and a small Gretsch guitar) and energetic antics (long legs flying throughout the song, he demonstrates the Duckwalk on the vamp out) rendering it one of the flick's highlights  (the cast also included Freed as well as LaVern Baker, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, the Johnny Burnette Trio, and Chuck's labelmates the Moonglows and the Flamingos).

Oddly, even prime screen time couldn't propel You Can't Catch Me onto the charts. Chuck's mettle as a superior wordsmith was on stunning display at his April 16, 1956 session, this one held at Chess' in-house studio on Cottage Grove with a slightly augmented cast. St. Louis musician Leroy C. Davis made the trip up to Chicago to play barely audible tenor sax; reports differ as to whether Hardy or Little Walter's swinging drummer Fred Below mans the traps (Hardy left Berry's combo that same year)....

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