Let it Rock! Chuck Berry Statue

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Monday, February 11, 2013

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It is easier than ever for St. Louisans to spend some quality time with Chuck Berry. In addition to his monthly performance in the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, the statue of the Father of Rock & Roll can now be found in The Loop 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The 8-foot tall bronze version of Mr. Berry seems happy to pose for photographs judging by the number of people seen snapping their photos.

Born in St. Louis in 1926, Chuck Berry is widely credited with originating and popularizing the musical style called Rock & Roll. He was the first inductee into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and in 1977 a copper record of his hit “Johnny B. Goode” was sent into space aboard the Voyager Space Probes to reach the universe with the best of Earth’s culture.

St. Louis’ Chuck Berry Statue was brought to fruition by KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan and Blueberry Hill owner Joe Edwards. Together they spearheaded fundraising efforts and commissioned renowned sculptor Harry Weber to create the kinetic likeness of Berry and his guitar. The statue resides in its own plaza in front of a wall of colorfully lit musical notes and the granite beneath is engraved with the lyrics of Mr. Berry’s songs. It is directly across the street from Blueberry Hill where a stellar collection of Chuck Berry memorabilia can be seen.

6555 Delmar in The Loop
St. Louis, MO 63130
www.checkberrystatue.com