Chuck Berry

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    October 29, 2014

    Watch Chuck Berry Perform "Johnny B. Goode" 50 Years Ago

    Fifty years ago today, Godfather of Rock & Roll and St. Louis legend Chuck Berry played his famous hit "Johnny B. Goode" for the Teen Age Music International Show. The groundbreaking program was one of the the first rock-music concerts filmed and released in theaters featuring acts that included man ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    Chuck Berry's St. Louis Homes and Properties Before He Was Rich and Famous [Photos]

    In the late 1950s Chuck Berry purchased a 35-acre plot in rural St. Charles County where he dreamed of creating a lavish property to rival those of the segregated country clubs he'd seen growing up in St. Louis. The result was "Berry Park," a sprawling compound complete with guest cottages, a nightc ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    Chuck Berry Holding a Chuck Berry Bobblehead at Cardinals' Chuck Berry Night

    Players and fans alike were humming "Hail! Hail! Rock & Roll" during Wednesday's Cardinals game, as the team honored music legend and St. Louis native Chuck Berry with his own bobblehead. The 87-year-old Polar Music Prize recipient accepted his plastic likeness in person and also threw out the cerem ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Chuck Berry Will Be Awarded Prestigious Polar Music Prize This Summer

    The Polar music prize, regarded by many as the musical equivalent to a Nobel Prize, was first awarded to Sir Paul McCartney and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania upon its foundation in 1992. "The difference with this one for me is that I've presumably been chosen from everyone in th ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    The Best Moments of Chuck Berry's 200 Shows at Blueberry Hill -- As Told By His Bandmates

    Blueberry Hill proprietor Joe Edwards could hardly have imagined what would become of the conversation he had with Chuck Berry nearly two decades ago. The rock 'n roll pioneer was at Edward's home late at night in 1996, and the two old friends were reminiscing about Berry's early days before he skyr ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Photos: Chuck Berry Last Night at Blueberry Hill, 10/9/13

    The godfather of rock &, Chuck Berry, played his monthly show at Blueberry Hill last night to a packed house of loyal fans.

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    August 12, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from August 12 to 18

    This week, catch the Appleseed Cast, Sin Motivo, Father Figures, Chuck Prophet and more. Chuck Berry also plays his monthly show this Wednesday -- it's sold out, but take that as a reminder that you should purchase tickets to see him next time around while you can! More recommendations on what to se ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Chuck Berry Given Lifetime Achievement Award: "It's Beyond My Dreams to be Here this Long, Really."

    UPDATE: The Arts Council just uploaded the video that was played last night in Chuck Berry's honor. See it on the second page of this post. Last night the Arts and Education Council kicked off its 50th anniversary year with a ceremony to honor various contributors to arts and culture in St. Louis. ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Happy 86th Birthday, Chuck Berry!

    A one Chuck Berry was born on this day in 1926. Last night he played a show at the Duck Room, wearing an ensemble remarkably similar to the one he's got on in that photo above, taken at Keiner Plaza a few years back. And somewhere in the middle, between 1926 and 2012, the man invented rock & roll. I ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    Chuck Berry Unleashed First LP - After School Session - 55 Years Ago

    Chuck Berry entered the music scene at a time when singles were the predominant manner of disseminating music. That's probably why the St. Louis native is known more for individual songs than, say, a seminal album. But while songs such "Maybellene" and "Johnny B. Goode" get the lion's share of atte ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Chuck Berry's Only Number One Hit - "My Ding-a-Ling" - Was Recorded 40 Years Ago Today

    What can be said about Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Ling" that hasn't already been said? It's a naughty crowd-pleaser that contains more double entendres than there are silver bells on a Christmas tree. But the song holds some intriguing designations, besides that fact that it was utilized brilliantly ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Chuck Berry: There's No One Cooler and Never Will Be

    2011 was a big year in the amazing continuing career of Chuck Berry. After a scary collapse in Chicago, he returned to his monthly post at Blueberry Hill, saw his statue installed in the Loop and got a feature in the January 2012 Esquire. Last week, Jamie Lees explained why you shouldn't wait to se ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Why You Should Go See Chuck Berry As Soon As Humanly Possible

    One year ago this week Chuck Berry collapsed on stage in Chicago. It was a call to action for many people who had been slacking on seeing his live show at Blueberry Hill. As residents of this city, it's hard to get perspective on just how amazing it is that Chuck Berry, the dude who probably invent ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Esquire's Luke Dittrich on How He Got the Chuck Berry Feature, in the January Issue

    Just last week, Esquire published this thorough and fascinating Chuck Berry article. Berry is notoriously wary of the media, so author Luke Dittrich couldn't take a direct route to his subject. We spoke with Dittrich, a contributing editor at the magazine, last weekend about his super savvy journali ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Videotape Allegations Stung Berry's Legacy 22 Years Ago Today

    When it comes to his musical contributions, Chuck Berry's legacy is safe. St. Louis should be and is proud to claim Berry as one of its own for performing a slew of iconic tunes. For the most part. While Berry may have done much to lay the groundwork for modern rock and roll, that's not to say he' ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Hail, Hail: Chuck Berry turns 85

    Chuck Berry turns 85 today.​To the outsider, St. Louis' music scene could be represented by the sing-songy rhymes of Nelly or the Urge's frantic musical elixir. But the town's musical identity -- and the world of rock n' roll -- would be indisputably different without a man celebrating his 85t ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    It's Here: Chuck Berry Statue Finally Installed in the Loop

    Kelsey Whipple​After an hour-long installation and a stint duck-walking across the sky with the help of a crane, the latest tribute to St. Louis music legend Chuck Berry is finally installed on Delmar across from Blueberry Hill. And Lord of the Loop Joe Edwards couldn't be happier. "I felt it ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    It's Here: Chuck Berry Statue Finally Installed in the Loop

    Photo by Kelsey Whipple​After an hour-long installation and a stint duck-walking across the sky with the help of a crane, the latest tribute to St. Louis music legend Chuck Berry is finally installed on Delmar across from Blueberry Hill. And Lord of the Loop Joe Edwards couldn't be happier. " ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Chuck Berry Is a Criminal

    Today's comment comes in response to Kelsey Whipple's scoop about the controversy in University City over a statue honoring Chuck Berry. As Whipple reported, one local activist wants to stop the project over Berry's felony convictions.A reader named Daryl Davis weighed in, defending Berry -- drawing ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Review: Chuck Berry and the Postelles at the Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, Wednesday, January 19

    Bob KuskyChuck Berry was alive and very well last night at the Duck Room.​After Chuck Berry collapsed during a show in Chicago on New Year's Day, fans began to worry. Was this it for the duck-walking one? Would they forever regret that they never bothered to catch one of his monthly shows at B ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Chuck Berry Show on Wednesday at the Duck Room Is On!

    Erin Kinsella​Chuck Berry gave fans quite a scare in Chicago on New Year's Day, when he was forced to cut his show at the Congress Theater short due to exhaustion. Such a cancellation is exceedingly rare for Berry, who's known for being punctual and a man of his contractual word. It's also ver ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Ten Musicians Who Don't Act Their Age

    Last weekend, Chuck Berry gave fans in Chicago a scare: A New Year's Day concert ended prematurely after the 84-year-old fell ill. This gig aside, however, Berry remains a workhorse: Without fail, he plays monthly at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, and he told Rolling Stone last year that he's working o ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Chuck Berry New Year's Show Ends Early Due to "Exhaustion"; Legend "Home Resting Comfortably"

    Erin KinsellaChuck Berry at Kiener Plaza, July 29, 2010​Chuck Berry's New Year's Day concert in Chicago ended prematurely, after he slumped over a keyboard and had to be helped from the stage. "Chuck had played a bit of very spotty piano earlier in the set during 'Let It Rock,' so when he he ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Happy 84th Birthday, Chuck Berry!

    Chuck Berry -- who performed at the Pageant on Saturday night, to celebrate the venue's tenth anniversary -- turns 84 years young today. Happy birthday, Chuck! He's not slowing down at all -- in the last few months, he's performed at a DNC benefit downtown, continued to do his monthly gig at Blueber ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    The Chuck Berry Statue: An Update and a Sneak Preview

    The statue of Chuck Berry set to be unveiled in the Delmar Loop is coming along nicely. A reader slipped A to Z some in-progress photos of the eight-foot-tall bronze statue, which is being sculpted by Harry Weber, the man responsible for some of the city's most iconic art. ​ So when is the statue ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    The Pageant Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary in October with Chuck Berry

    Wikimedia Commons​Late yesterday, the Pageant announced that it's celebrating its tenth anniversary of being open (huzzah!) with a show by Chuck Berry (double huzzah!). Tickets are $35 and $40 and on sale Friday at 5 p.m. This occasion made me start thinking about all of the amazing concerts ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Chuck Berry Interviewed in the New Rolling Stone​The latest issue of Rolling Stone is receiving more attention for its cover than for its contents -- perhaps it has something to do with the naked True Blood actors splattered in "blood." (See right.) However, anyone who doesn't flip to the articles might miss something rather ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Interview, Part One: KSDK's Art Holliday Discusses Filmmaking, Johnnie Johnson and St. Louis' Contributions to Rock & Roll

    image viaArt Holliday, TV news anchor and director of an in-production film, Johnnie Be Good​Art Holliday is known for his work as a news anchor on KSDK, but he's also a independent filmmaker in his free time. In his latest project, Johnnie Be Good, he documents the life and career of Johnnie ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    How To Get Your Band to Open for Chuck Berry, with Randy Shore of the Zonkeys

    It's not every day you get to open for a legend in St. Louis. It's only every month. In roughly that time-frame, Chuck Berry plays a show here and a band gets to say that they once shared the stage with the man who arguably invented rock and roll. As a bonus, the opener gains valuable exposure by ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    Chicago Sun-Times Gushes All Over the Delmar Loop​A Chicago Sun-Times travel writer recently received the royal treatment in St. Louis: scoring a rare interview with rock icon Chuck Berry and getting upgraded to a plush suite at the new Moonrise Hotel. And no doubt Delmar Loop impresario Joe Edwards (owner of the Moonrise and on ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Auction to Benefit a Possible Chuck Berry Statue Goes Well

    Last week, the Daily RFT reported that KMOX's Charlie Brennan, who is spearheading the cause to get a Chuck Berry statue built in the Delmar Loop, hosted an online/on-air auction to raise money. The results are in: Over $13,000 was raised. The highest bids? $2000 for Tony LaRussa's personal season t ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Holiday Jam Countdown '09: Chuck Berry, "Run Rudolph Run"

    (Like last year, A to Z will post a holiday-related MP3 every day of December, leading up to Christmas. If you have any requests, suggestions or files to share, email me.) It doesn't get much more classic than Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run." H/T to reader Greg for sending this over. MP3: Chuck Be ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Tonight! The King Khan & BBQ Show at Off Broadway

    Do you get off on original rockers like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and the Beach Boys? Do you also rock out to Repo Man-style '80s punk like Agnostic Front, the Circle Jerks, and Black Flag?If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you will be dragged into the streets and shot if you are not ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Tomorrow! Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll at the Tivoli

    This is just a friendly reminder that the Tivoli is screening the Chuck Berry film Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll tomorrow night at 7:20 p.m.! Details here.courtesy of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis

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    January 8, 2009

    Chuck Berry: Too Pooped to Pop?

    Entertainment Web site, Cinemablend, recently released its list of the 100 celebrities most likely to die this year. Topping the macabre ranking is 60 Minutes windbag Andy Rooney. (Obviously, Cinemablend doesn't know that Rooney actually died a decade ago. It's true. Since the late 1 ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008
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    October 25, 2006

    Roll Over Beethoven

    Chuck Berry turns 80, schools everyone else in rock & roll.

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    October 11, 2006

    Living on Channel Z

    B-Sides asks a cadre of local musicians to reminisce about Chuck Berry as he turns 80, while Dr. Zhivegas get down with their debut disc.

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    September 20, 2006

    All Fun & Games

    ...until Unreal puts our eye out. Plus: We hit the lake for some high-speed action, then attempt to chill with Chuck Berry.

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    April 26, 2006
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    January 25, 2006

    Letters Column

    Week of January 26, 2006

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    January 11, 2006

    That's Chuck Fuckin' Berry!

    (Blueberry Hill, The Loop)

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    September 15, 2004

    Brown Eyed Handsome Fans

    A new CD aims to reclaim Chuck Berry for St. Louis

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    July 21, 2004

    Quick Picks

    Week of July 21, 2004

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    December 17, 2003

    Punk Cashes In

    But for a good cause

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    May 14, 2003

    Honey, Is That You?

    Will the real Chuck Berry please stand up? Competing biographies paint radically different portraits of the St. Louis legend.

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    October 30, 2002

    Chuckie and Johnny

    Judge tosses out lawsuit between rock legends

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    October 17, 2001

    Berry, Berry Good

    St. Louis' duck-walking icon holds forth on his art, his life and hisunderwear

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    January 3, 2001

    A Year in a Day

    From Nelly to the Pageant: what went down on the St. Louis music scene in 2000

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    July 28, 1999

    Robert "Bilbo" Walker and Al Garrett

    Tuesday, Aug. 3; Off Broadway

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