From the Land of Band Box Records

Chuck Berry – The Peristent Rocker

May 6, 2015

I have just finished reading Berry’s Autobiography – (no ghost writer here – Chuck does it all) – Chuck Berry can’t really be compared to any other anybody – He took his time becoming a rock and roller – approaching 30 years old before he really got rolling – He went to prison as a juvenile for several years – and again in 1969 and once again in the 1970’s – He didn’t pine away in prison – He performed – worked on his book – wrote songs – stayed in touch with his business dealings – then on release jumped back into the game.

Berry’s only number one hit was a 1972 live performance in England of “My-Ding-A-Ling” a song he had performed for several years – The record sold over one and a half million copies – Beginning in 1955 with his initial effort “Maybelline” and continuing through 1959 – Berry penned rock classics by the bushel full – with most of his singles containing two sides worthy of hit status – sides that would be performed by thousands of bands and singers and continues today.

In 1986 he took his more than rightful place in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

The book is well worth a read – Here is Chuck’s discography time-line as far as I’ve been able to track them down.


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