Black History Month: Chuck Berry

St. Louis’ own Chuck Berry is known as the Father of Rock and Roll. Chuck started performing in the early 1940’s and not only was he a performer but he also graduated with a cosmetology degree; was a freelance photographer and worked at a car plant. HE DID IT ALL!

His first single was “Maybellene” and was considered to be the first rock n’ roll song. Then followed “Roll Over Beethoven” in 1956, “Rock And Roll Music” in 1957, “Johnny B Goode” in 1958, and more to follow. He created his signature dance “The Duck Walk” in 1956.

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During his time, Chuck broke racial barriers by being a black man performing country songs in front of a white audiences and even getting black people hip to his country songs. Chuck expanded the music style to both races and was well-known across the world…even NASA recognized his music.

Chuck was a dedicated performer and will always be known as the FATHER of Rock and Roll.

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sources:

https://www.biography.com/musician/chuck-berry

https://www.clashmusic.com/features/10-things-you-never-knew-about-chuck-berry

https://www.everythingzoomer.com/arts-entertainment/2018/03/18/chuck-berry-fascinating-facts/