Feature Artist of the Day: Chuck Berry
As a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and dynamic performer, Chuck Berry forged his way into the music scene of the 1950’s and 60’s and, at 90 years old, still has not left.
Using his country, blues, and R&B roots, Berry created his own recognizable guitar technique and influenced the sound of the nation’s newest obsession: rock & roll. Called the Father of Rock & Roll, Chuck Berry’s songs and style have been copied and emulated by groups such as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.
In 1955 Berry’s career took off after meeting Leonard Chess, owner of Chess Records. Berry impressed Chess with a song called “Maybellene,” which after Berry was signed, would become the first of many major hits.
From that point on, Berry’s career continued to soar, writing and performing recognizable hits such as “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” and “Johnny B. Goode.” As well as being known for his famous guitar riffs, energized tunes, and vocals, Berry also became associated with the “duck walk.” A move so called because Berry would sing and play while crouching down on one foot and hopping across the stage.
For years, Berry continued to enjoy his success, touring for decades and even rebounding with more hits after time in prison. In 1986 Chuck Berry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Click the links below to listen to two of Chuck Berry’s biggest hits:
“Maybellene” by Chuck Berry
“Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry