Sites & Sounds: The Moon Rock with Chuck Berry Package
... downstairs to the Duck Room with your included ticket to see Berry live in concert and expect him to do a little bit of "duck walking" as he rips through hits like "Maybelline," "Let it Rock," "Little Queenie," "Reelin' and Rockin'" and of course "Johnny B. Goode." The Moon Rock with Chuck Berry
package starts at $239 and is available on the third Wednesday of each month. Discounted rates for additional nights are available. More info is at www.moonrisehotel.com or (314) 721-1111. The Moonrise Hotel and Blueberry Hill are in the St. Louis entertainment district known as The Loop where you'll also find the Pin-Up Bowl, the historic Tivoli movie theatre, the St. Louis Walk of Fame and the Pageant live music venue. For more info on planning your trip to St. Louis visit www.explorestlouis.com. Check out some photos from Kevin's visit to the Moonrise and seeing Chuck Berry
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Chuck Berry Rocks Cleveland Tribute Concert
... in frustration. He overcame the problems with his classic "Workin' Man Blues," grinning genuinely at his son Benion's tasteful Telecaster mastery. Next, the duo played a raw "Memphis," Haggard rattling off Berry's lyrics with his axe slung across his back. "It's great to be part of the fanbase of the great Chuck Berry
," Haggard said. "Its even better to be asked to play here." 100 Greatest Artists: Chuck Berry
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Chuck Berry Looks to Record, Admits Future is 'Very Dim' | Billboard
... recording contract. The rock hall's new library and archives has a separate exhibit with items including Berry's 1964 British tour program and a handbill promoting his appearance with the Grateful Dead in 1968. Past American Music Masters program honorees include Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Woody Guthrie. Berry, the museum's first inductee in 1986, called the award and enshrinement in the rock hall a great honor. "You can't get any higher in my profession than this building or this reason for this building," he said. Chuck Berry
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Berry is a Rock and Roll legend; hero to Keith Richards, among others. He has a reputation for being prickly, but by some accounts his is quite personable. Years of getting burned by promoters and journalists left him untrusting.
The 1987 movie Hail! Hail! Rock n Roll is about Berry's life.
He joined The Sir John Trio in 1953. The piano player, Johnnie Johnson would continue working with Berry and collaborate on many of his hits. Years later, Johnson sued Berry because he was never credited on any of the songs he helped write, and never received royalties from them. Johnson claimed he did not understand his legal rights at the time, but in 2002, the judge ruled that too much time passed between the writing of the songs and the lawsuit, and ruled in Berry's favor.
He has a degree in cosmetology from the Gibbs Beauty School.
He spent time in a reformatory from ages 18-20 after a carjacking incident. In 1959, he got in trouble with the law again for transporting a 14-year-old girl named Janice Norine across state lines when he brought her up from Mexico to work in a club he owned. What's often overlooked in this story is the racism that may have played a role in his conviction - Berry's side of the story was that he fired the girl and she was retaliating against him. At one point the judge in the case referred to Berry as "this negro." He ended up in jail on these charges until 1963.
Berry is very mathematical, and came up with his own way of notating music using numbers instead of letters.
After going to prison and studying accounting, Berry became very concerned about the business side of his performances: he wouldn't take that stage until he was paid in full, in cash. Another one of his rules: the opening act could not mention his name.
He married his girlfriend Themetta when he was 21, and they remained together ever since.
The now-defunct Spy magazine ran a scathing report on Berry regarding a 1990 lawsuit involving a group of women who claimed that Berry used hidden cameras to record them in the bathroom of his restaurant. Berry denied the charges but settled the case out of court.
Most bands work hard to sell merch at their shows: T-shirts, CDs, etc. Berry has never done this, even though it would make him a lot of money.