Rock and roll le­gend Chuck Berry dies aged 90

Sunday Herald - - 19.03.17 NEWS -

ROCK and roll le­gend Chuck Berry has died aged 90. The star’s death was re­vealed by po­lice in the US state of Mis­souri. He was found un­re­spon­sive at lunchtime on Satur­day.

Berry’s seven-decade ca­reer boasted a string of hits, in­clud­ing clas­sics like Roll Over Beethoven, May­bel­lene, Rock and Roll Mu­sic, and Johnny B Goode. He re­ceived a life­time achieve­ment Grammy in 1984 and was among the first in­ductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Born Charles Ed­ward An­der­son Berry in 1926 the Amer­i­can gui­tarist, singer and song­writer was one of the pioneers of rock and roll mu­sic. He was born into a mid­dle-class African-Amer­i­can fam­ily in St Louis, Mis­souri, and showed an in­ter­est in mu­sic from an early age, giv­ing his first public per­for­mance at high school. While still a high school stu­dent he was con­victed of armed rob­bery and was sent to a re­for­ma­tory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947.

Af­ter his re­lease Berry be­gan per­form­ing and his break came when in May 1955 when he met Muddy Waters, who sug­gested he con­tact Leonard Chess, of Chess Records. With Chess he recorded May­bel­lene, which sold over a mil­lion copies, reach­ing num­ber one on Bill­board mag­a­zine’s rhythm and blues chart. In 1962, he was sen­tenced to three years in prison for of­fences un­der the Mann Act — he had trans­ported a 14-yearold girl across state lines.

Af­ter his re­lease, Berry had more hits in the mid-1960s, in­clud­ing No Par­tic­u­lar Place to Go, You Never Can Tell, and Na­dine. In 1979, he served 120 days in prison for tax eva­sion.

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