WHO: Chuck Berry
AKA: The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll
CLAIM TO FAME: Chuck Berry took St. Louis’ signature sound of the blues, turned it inside out, amplified it and created the worldwide cultural phenomenon known as rock ‘n’ roll. Beatle John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock ‘n’ roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.”
NEIGHBORHOOD: Grew up in The Ville neighborhood; resided in Ladue and his Berry Park country estate on the outskirts of St. Louis.
HIGH SCHOOL: Sumner High School
PASSION: The guitar star was a life-long Cardinals baseball fan.
HONORS: His skills as a songwriter and musician, as well as his contributions to American culture have been acknowledged with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Kennedy Center Honors Award, addition to the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame and was the first artist inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fittingly, Chuck’s St. Louis star shines at the entrance to Blueberry Hill, The Loop restaurant and night spot where he thrilled audiences during more than 200 legendary live shows.
MORE: John Lennon speaks about Chuck’s musical influence and his son Julian and Chuck sing “Johnny B. Goode” on this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YcPtitpLkk The iconic status of Chuck Berry and his music was a highlight of the original “Back to the Future” movie. Check out the classic film clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1i5coU-0_Q. Chuck passed away on March 18, 2017 at the age of 90.