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Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry is Rock ‘n Roll!

Rock and roll doesn’t get any purer than Chuck Berry.  How many did he influence?  I was 12 years old when “Sweet Little Sixteen” hit the airwaves.  The story has it that he composed that song after performing in Denver and watching a young teen from the stage.  But anyway, it was 1957 and Chuck had already composed a handful of rock classics – I was hooked.  This was truly Rock ‘n Roll.

In reading Chuck Berry’s autobiography (“The Autobiography”) what becomes apparent is that Chuck did begin his musical journey on solid ground.  As a teenager of 17 years he and two friends went on a crime spree in Kansas City, Missouri a few hundred miles from his home in St. Louis and landed in prison for what appeared to be a very harsh 10-year sentence.  So where did he go from there?

The Chuck Berry Time Line

The Berry ‘Duck Walk’

DUCK WALK

At age 3 in 1929 Chuck Berry recalls how he stooped below the kitchen table to retrieve something he had dropped.  He scooted along the floor with his knees bent but with his back completely vertical – much to the amusement of his mother’s church friends who were present.  He would repeat this often to attract that kind of attention and so the famous stage ‘duck walk’ was born.

Earliest Influences

Chuck Berry sites many and they were diverse – from Gene Autry to Louis Jordan – from Glenn Miller & Tommy Dorsey’s “jump music” to Big Maceo.  Perhaps his very earliest performance was delivering a vocal rendition at age 15 at St. Louis Sumner High singing “Confessin’ The Blues” which had been recorded by Jay McShann.

June, 1952

Chuck joins the Tommy Stevens Combo in St. Louis with Stevens on lead guitar, “Pee Wee” on sax and Chuck Berry on guitar doing vocals.

January, 1953

Chuck joins Sir John’s Trio comprised of Johnnie Johnson on piano and Ebby Hardy on drums – The group performs blues and Chuck’s form of “country and hill billy” music.  Later chuck would form the Chuck Berry Combo which started off again with Tommy Stevens – but migrated back to Johnson and Hardy as fame approached.

45 – Chess 1604 – “Maybellene” charted August 10, 1955 R&B #1 for 11 Weeks – August 20th, 1955, #5 Hot 100 – Flip Side “Wee Wee Hours” charted September 10th, 1955 R&B #10
(Chuck wrote this song and demo’d it for Leonard Chess at Chicago’s Chess Records after being referred there by blues singer xxx.  The song started off titled “Ida Red” but was changed at Leonard’s suggestion after Chuck Berry signed a contract – The song was recorded at Chess on May 21st, 1955.  Berry was accompanied by Johnson and Hardy who would stay with him for the first several sessions at Chess as well as out on the road tours.)  “Wee Wee Hours” was also recorded on May 21st.

BERRY CHESS 78 0 1604 A BERRY CHESS 78 0 1604 B

1955-07 - CHESS 1604 A1955-07 - CHESS 1604 B

45 – Chess 1610 – “Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)” b/w “Together (We Will Always Be) – Charted October 29th, 1955 R&B #10
(“Thirty Days” was recorded at the May 21st, 1955 session)

BERRY CHESS 78 0 1610 A BERRY CHESS 78 0 1610 B

1955-10 - CHESS 1610 A 1955-10 - CHESS 1610 B

August, 1955

The Chuck Berry Combo do their first performance live after “Maybellene” hits the national charts – at the Royal Peakcock Lounge in Georgia.  Berry notices in a trade ad that disc jockey Alan Freed’s name has been added to the composing credits for “Maybellene”.  The Chuck Berry Combo move on to the big time in New York performing at the Paramount and the Apollo.

45 – Chess 1615 – “No Money Down” b/w “The Downbound Train” – Charted February 25th, 1956 R&B #8
(Both sides recorded at the 2nd Chuck Berry Chess session on December 20th, 1955)

BERRY CHESS 78 0 1615 A BERRY CHESS 78 0 1615 B

1956-01 - CHESS 1615 A 1956-01 - CHESS 1615 B

February, 1956

Chuck adds two additional band members to fill out the rock and roll sound – Leroy Davis on sax and Albert Moseby on bass.

45 – Chess 1626 – “Roll Over Beethoven” b/w “Drifting Heart” – Charted June 9th, 1956 R&B #2 – Charted June 30th, 1956 Hot 100 – #29
(Both sides recorded on April 16th, 1956)

1956-05 - CHESS 1626 A 1956-05 - CHESS 1626 B

45 – Chess 1635 – “Too Much Monkey Business” – Charted R&B October 6th, 1956 #4 – Flip Side “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” – Charted October 20th, R&B 1956 #5
(Both sides recorded on April 16th, 1956)

1956-10 - CHESS 1635 A 1956-10 - CHESS 1635 B

45 – Chess 1645 – “Havana Moon” b/w “You Can’t Catch Me” – Released 1956 Did Not Chart
(“You Can’t Catch Me” was recorded earlier at Berry’s first session – May 21st, 1955 – “Havana Moon” recorded on April 16th, 1956)

BERRY CHESS 78 0 1645 A BERRY CHESS 78 0 1645 B

1956-11 - CHESS 1653 B 1956-11 - CHESS 1653 A

Mid 1956

Chuck decides to begin touring as a solo artist picking up local band combos at each venue.  The popularity of his compositions ensures that musicians nearly everywhere are familiar with his songs and style)

December, 1956 – Rock, Rock, Rock

Chuck Berry performs “You Can’t Catch Me” in this 1956 film

MOVIE ROCK ROCK ROCK

45 EP – Chess 5116 – “After School Session” – Released January, 1957

1957-01 - CHESS 5118 A

1957-01 - CHESS 5118 B 1957-01 - CHESS 5118 C

45 – Chess 1653 – “School Day” b/w “Deep Feeling” – Charted April 6th, 1957 Hot 100 #3 – Charted April 13th, 1957 R&B #1 for 5 Weeks

BERRY CHESS 78 0 1653 B BERRY CHESS 78 0 1653

1957-03 - CHESS 1653 A 1957-03 - CHESS 1653 B

LP – Chess 1426 – “After School Session” – May, 1957 – Did Not Chart

BERRY - CHESS 1426 05-57 A BERRY - CHESS 1426 05-57 B

BERRY - CHESS 1426 05-57 C BERRY - CHESS 1426 05-57 D

45 – Chess 1664 – “Oh Baby Doll” b/w “Lajaunda” – Charted July 22nd, 1957 R&B #12 – Charted July 29th, 1957 Hot 100 #57

BERRY CHESS 78 0 1664 A BERRY CHESS 78 0 1664 B

1957-06 - CHESS 1664 A 1957-06 - CHESS 1664 B

September, 1957 – Mister Rock and Roll

Chuck Berry performs “Oh Baby Doll” in the film “Mr. Rock and Roll”

MOVIE MISTER ROCK AND ROLL

45 – Chess 1671 – “Rock & Roll Music” b/w “Blue Feeling” – Charted November 11th, 1957 Hot 100 #8 – Charted November 18th, 1957 R&B #6
(Of “Rock and Roll Music” Berry states that he was just shooting for pure rock and roll – music that he often referred to as “Boogie”.)

1957-10 - CHESS 1671 A 1957-10 - CHESS 1671 B

45 EP – Chess 5119 – “Rock and Roll Music” – Released January, 1958

1958-01 - CHESS EP 5119 A 1958-01 - CHESS EP 5119 B

1958-01 - CHESS EP 5119 C 1958-01 - CHESS EP 5119 D

45 EP – Chess 5121 – “Sweet Little Sixteen” – Released January, 1958

1958-01 - CHESS EP 5121 A 1958-01 - CHESS EP 5121 B

1958-01 - CHESS EP 5121 C 1958-01 - CHESS EP 5121 D

45 – Chess 1683 – “Sweet Little Sixteen” b/w “Reelin’ and Rockin'” – Charted February 17th, 1958 Hot 100 #2 – Charted February 24th, 1958 R&B #1 for 3 Weeks
(Berry discloses in his Autobiography that he often told different versions of his past and his music creations – one being that “Sweet Little Sixteen” was recorded in Denver after a concert at which Berry observed a teenager gathering autographs from the various performers  – His autobiography sets the record straight – he composed the song after watching a young girl at an Ottawa Colosseum performance – She was gathering signatures but was not a “Sweet Sixteen” but probably closer to 7 or 8 as Berry recalls.)

1958-01 - CHESS 1683 A 1958-01 - CHESS 1683 B

1958-01 - CHESS 1683 C 1958-01 - CHESS 1683 D

LP – Chess 9124 – Released March, 1958 – “One Dozen Berrys” – Did Not Chart

BERRY - CHESS 1432 1958 A

45 – Chess 1691 – “Johnny B. Goode” b/w “Around and Around” – Charted April 28th, 1958 Hot 100 #8 – Charted May 5th, 1958 R&B #2
(“Johnny B. Goode” is a Berry composition named after Combo member Johnnie Johnnie – but was a tribute to Chuck’s Grandfather who “way back in the woods among the evergreens” in Louisiana – He was touring through that state at the time when the lyrics came to him.)

BERRY CHESS 78 0 1691 A BERRY CHESS 78 0 1691 B

1958-05 - CHESS 1691 A 1958-05 - CHESS 1691 B

45 – Chess 1697 – “Beautiful Delilah” b/w “Vacation Time” – Charted July 28th, 1958 Hot 100 #81

BERRY CHESS 78 0 1697 A

1958-07 - CHESS 1697 A 1958-07 - CHESS 1697 B

45 – Chess 1700 – “Carol” b/w “Hey Pedro” – Charted August 25th, 1958 Hot 100 #18 – Charted September 15th, 1958 R&B #9
(“Carol” was composed after Berry met a 4-year girl via an acquaintance of Clyde McPhatter)

1958-08 - CHESS 1700 A 1958-08 - CHESS 1700 B

45 – Chess 1709 – “Sweet Little Rock and Roll” – Charted November 10th, 1958 Hot 100 #47 – Charted December 15th, 1958 R&B #13 – Flip Side “Joe Joe Gun” – Charted November 17th, 1958 Hot 100 #83

1958-10 - CHESS 1709 A 1958-10 - CHESS 1709 B

45 – Chess 1714 – “Run Rudolph Run” – Charted December 15th, 1958 Hot 100 #69 – Flip Side “Merry Christmas Baby” – Charted December 15th, 1958 #71

1958-11 - CHESS 1714 A 1958-11 - CHESS 1714 B

Chess 1716 – “Anthony Boy” b/w “That’s My Desire” – Charted February 16th, 1959 Hot 100 #60

April, 1959 – “Go Johnny Go”

Chuck Berry performs “Johnny B. Goode”, “Memphis” & “Little Queenie” in the film “Go Johnny Go”

MOVIE GO JOHNNY GO

Chess 1716 – “Anthony Boy” b/w “That’s My Desire” – Charted February 16th, 1959 – #60

1959-01 - CHESS 1716 A1959-01 - CHESS 1716 B

Chess 1722 – “Almost Grown” – Charted March 30th, 1959 Hot 100 #32 – Charted April 13th, 1959 R&B #3 – Flip Side “Little Queenie” Charted April 13th, 1959 Hot 100 #80

1959-03 - CHESS 1722 A 1959-03 - CHESS 1722 B

Chess1729 – “Back in the U.S.A.” b/w “Memphis Tennessee” – Charted June 22nd, 1959 Hot 100 #37 – Charted July 6th, 1959 R&B #16
“Memphis, Tennessee” is recorded by Chuck at his home in St. Louis on home recording equipment with Berry performing all instruments – He takes this demo to Chess Records for the final cut)

1959-05 - CHESS 1729 A 1959-05 - CHESS 1729 B

1959-05 - CHESS 1729 C 1959-05 - CHESS 1729 D

Chess LP 1435 – “Chuck Berry Is On Top” – Released July, 1959

BERRY - CHESS LP 1453 - A BERRY - CHESS LP 1453 - B

BERRY - CHESS LP 1453 - C BERRY - CHESS LP 1453 - D

Chess 1737 – “Broken Arrow” b/w “Childhood Sweetheart” – Charted National Charts September 28th, 1959 – #102

1959-09 - CHESS 1737 A 1959-09 - CHESS 1737 B

January, 1960 – “Jazz on A Summer’s Day

Chuck Berry performs “Sweet Little Sixteen” in the film “Jazz on a Summer’s Day”

1959 JAZZ ON SUMMERS DAY

Chess 1747 – “Too Pooped to Pop Casey” – Charted February 15th, 1960 Hot 100 #42 – Charted April 11th, 1960 R&B #18 – Flip Side “Let It Rock” – Charted February 1st, 1960 Hot 100 #64

1960-01 - CHESS 1747 A 1960-01 - CHESS 1747 B

Chess 1754 – “Bye Bye Johnny” b/w “Worried Life Blues” – Released May, 1960 – Did Not Chart

1960-05 - CHESS 1754 A 1960-05 - CHESS 1754 B

Chess LP 1448 – “Chuck Berry Rockin’ At The Hops” – Released July, 1960

BERRY - CHESS LP 1448 A

Chess 1763 – “I Got To Find My Friend” b/w “Mad Lad” – Charted National Charts August 22nd, 1960 – #111

1960-08 - CHESS 1763 A

1960-08 - CHESS 1763 B 1960-08 - CHESS 1763 C

Chess 1767 – “Jaguar & Thunderbird” b/w “Our Little Rendezvous” – Released November, 1960 – Did Not Chart

1960-11 - CHESS 1767 A 1960-11 - CHESS 1767 B

45 – Chess 1779 – “I’m Talking About You” b/w “Little Star” – Released December, 1960 – Did Not Chart (See Chess 1853)

1960-12 - CHESS 1779 A 1960-12 - CHESS 1779 B

1960-12 - CHESS 1779 C 1960-12 - CHESS 1779 D

LP – Chess 1456 – “New Juke Box Hits” – Released March, 1961 – Did Not Chart

BERRY - CHESS LP 1458 A BERRY - CHESS LP 1458 B

BERRY - CHESS LP 1458 C BERRY - CHESS LP 1458 D

October, 1961

Chuck Berry was charged with violation of the Mann Act transporting who was thought to be a minor female across state lines.   In February, 1962 Berry is sentenced to a federal corrections facility and eventually transferred to the Federal Medical Center in Springfield , Missouri – a correctional institution.

It is during this time while incarcerated that he composes “You Never Can Tell”, “No Particular Place To Go”, “Nadine”, “Promised Land” and “Tulane”.  These songs would make their way onto Chess Records in 1964 with four of them eventually hitting the charts.

45 – Chess 1799 – “Come On” b/w “Go-Go-Go” – Released September, 1961 – Did Not Chart

1961-09 - CHESS 1799 A 1961-09 - CHESS 1799 B

45 – Chess 1853 – “I’m Talking About You” b/w “Diploma For Two” – Charted Nationally May 18th, 1963 #137 (See original release Chess 1779)

CHESS 45 1853 A CHESS 45 1853 B

45 – Chess 1866 – “Sweet Little Sixteen” b/w “Memphis” – Released August, 1963 – Did Not Chart

LP – Chess 11411 – “More Chuck Berry” – 1963 – Did Not Chart

BERRY - CHESS 1465 - 1963 A BERRY - CHESS 1465 - 1963 B

BERRY - CHESS 1465 - 1963 C BERRY - CHESS 1465 - 1963 D

LP – Chess 1480 – “Chuck Berry On Stage” – Charted August 24th, 1963 – #29 on Hot 200

BERRY - CHESS 1480 0 1963 A BERRY - CHESS 1480 0 1963 B

BERRY - CHESS 1480 0 1963 C BERRY - CHESS 1480 0 1963 D

45 – Chess 1866 – “Sweet Little Sixteen (Surfin’ U.S.A.”) – Charted Nationally August 24th, 1963 #135

October, 1963

Chuck Berry is released from corrections – His second time

45 – Chess 1883 – “Nadine (Is It You?)” b/w “R Rangutang” – Charted February 22nd, 1964 R&B #7 – Charted March 7th, 1964 Hot 100 #23

1964-02 - CHESS 1883 A 1964-02 - CHESS 1883 B

45 – Chess 1898 – “No Particular Place To Go” b/w “You Two” – Charted May 23rd, 1964 Hot 100 #10 – Charted May 30th, 1964 R&B #2

1964-05 - CHESS 1898 A 1964-05 - CHESS 1898 B

1964-05 - CHESS 1898 C 1964-05 - CHESS 1898 D

LP – Chess 1485 – “Chuck Berry’s Greatest Hits” – Charted June 6th, 1964 – #34 Hot 200

BERRY - CHESS 1485 - 1974 A

Chess LP 2991 – “Two Great Guitars” by Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry – Released August, 1964 – Did Not Chart
(Side 1 original and reissue labels shown below)

BERRY DIDDLEY CHECKER 2991 LP A BERRY DIDDLEY CHECKER 2991 LP C

BERRY DIDDLEY CHECKER 2991 LP B BERRY DIDDLEY CHECKER 2991 LP D

45 – Chess 1906 – “You Never Can Tell” b/w “Brenda Lee” – Charted August 1st, 1964 Hot 100 #14

1964-08 - CHESS 1906 A

1964-08 - CHESS 1906 B 1964-08 - CHESS 1906 C

45 – Checker 1089 – with Bo Diddley – “Chuck’s Beat” b/w “Bo’s Beat” – Released August, 1964 – Did Not Chart

1964-08 - CHECKER 1089 A 1964-08 - CHECKER 1089 B

45 – Chess 1912 – “Little Marie” b/w Go, Bobby Soxer” – Charted October 24th, 1964 Hot 100 #54 & R&B #30

1964-10 - CHESS 1912 A

1964-10 - CHESS 1912 B 1964-10 - CHESS 1912 C

1964-10 - CHESS 1912 D 1964-10 - CHESS 1912 E

Chess LP 1488 – “St. Louis to Liverpool” – Charted December 12th, 1964 – #124 Hot 200

BERRY CHESS LP 1488 B BERRY CHESS LP 1488 A

45 – Chess 1916 – “Promised Land” b/w “Things I Used to Do” – Charted December 12th, 1964 Hot 100 #64 & R&B #16

1964-11 - CHESS 1916 A 1964-11 - CHESS 1916 B

1964-11 - CHESS 1916 C 1964-11 - CHESS 1916 D

LP – Chess 1488 – “Saint Louis To Liverpool” – Charted December 12th, 1964 – #124 Hot 200

April, 1965 – “The T.A.M.I. Show”

Chuck Berry performs “Sweet Little Sixteen”, “Johnny B. Goode”, and “Mabelline” in the film “The T.A.M.I. Show”

TAMI SHOW 64

45 – Chess 1926 – “Dear Dad” b/w “Lonely School Days” – Charted April 3rd, 1965 Hot 100 #95

1965-04 - CHESS 1926 A 1965-04 - CHESS 1926 B

Chess LP 1495 – “Chuck Berry in London” – Released April 1965 – Did Not Chart

BERRY CHESS LP 1495 - A BERRY CHESS LP 1495 - B

BERRY CHESS LP 1495 - C BERRY CHESS LP 1495 - D

Chess 1943 – “It Wasn’t Me” b/w “Welcome Back Pretty Baby” – Released October, 1965 – Did Not Chart

1965-11 - CHESS 1943 A 1965-11 - CHESS 1943 B

1965-11 - CHESS 1943 C 1965-11 - CHESS 1943 D

Chess LP – “Fresh Berrys” – Released November, 1965 – Did Not Chart

BERRY CHESS LP 1498 A BERRY CHESS LP 1498 B

BERRY CHESS LP 1498 AA BERRY CHESS LP 1498 AB

BERRY CHESS LP 1498 C BERRY CHESS LP 1498 D

Chess 1963 – “Ramona” b/w Havana Moon” – Released May, 1966 Did Not Chart

1966-05 - CHESS 1963 A

1966-05 - CHESS 1963 B 1966-05 - CHESS 1963 C

June, 1966

Chuck signs with Mercury records.

Mercury 72643 – “Club Nitty Gritty” b/w “Laugh & Cry” – Released December, 1966 – Did Not Chart

1966-12 - MERCURY 72643 A 1966-12 - MERCURY 72643 B

1966-12 - MERCURY 72643 C 1966-12 - MERCURY 72643 D

LP – Mercury 61103 – “Chuck Berry’s Golden Hits” – Released March, 1967 – Did Not Chart
(On this LP Mercury has him re-record his past hits all on a faster tempo)

BERRY - MERCURY 61103 - 1967 C BERRY - MERCURY 61103 - 1967 D

BERRY - MERCURY 61103 - 1967 A BERRY - MERCURY 61103 - 1967 B

LP – Chess 15343 – “Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade” – Charted May 20th, 1967 – #72 on Hot 200

BERRY - CHESS 15343 - 1967 E BERRY - CHESS 15343 - 1967 F

BERRY - CHESS 15343 - 1967 A BERRY - CHESS 15343 - 1967 B

BERRY - CHESS 15343 - 1967 C BERRY - CHESS 15343 - 1967 D

Mercury LP 61123 – “Chuck Berry In Memphis” – Released September, 1967 – Did Not Chart

BERRY MERCURY LP IN MEMPHIS

Mercury 72748 – “Feelin’ It” b/w “It Hurts Me So” – Released October, 1967 – Did Not Chart

Mercury 72480 – “Louie To Frisco” b/w “Ma Dear” – Released August, 1968 – Did Not Chart

1968-08 - MERCURY 72840 A 1968-08 - MERCURY 72840 B

1968-08 - MERCURY 72840 C 1968-08 - MERCURY 72840 D

Mercury LP 61176 – “From St. Louie to Frisco” – November, 1968 – Did Not Chart

LP MERCURY 61176 BERRY ST LOUIS

1969 – “Sweet Toronto”

Chuck Berry performs “Carol”, “Johnny B. Goode”, “Reelin’ & Rockin”, “Rock and Roll Music”, “School Days”, “Promised Land”, and “Hoochie Coochie Man” in the film “Sweet Toronto” with John Lennon

1969 SWEET TORONTO

Mercury LP 61223 – “Concerto in B Goode” – Released June, 1969 – Did Not Chart

BERRY MERCURY 61223 LP A BERRY MERCURY 61223 LP B

BERRY MERCURY 61223 LP C BERRY MERCURY 61223 LP D

Mercury 72963 – “It’s Too Dark In There” b/w “Good Looking Woman” – Released 1969 – Did Not Chart

1969-01 - MERCURY 72963 A

1969-01 - MERCURY 72963 B 1969-01 - MERCURY 72963 C

Chess 2090 – “Tulane” b/w “Have Mercy Judge” – Charted Nationally April 18th, 1970 #121

1970-08 - CHESS 2090 A 1970-08 - CHESS 2090 B

1970-08 - CHESS 2090 C 1970-08 - CHESS 2090 D

LP – Chess 1550 – “Back Home” – 1970 – Did Not Chart

BERRY - CHESS 1550 - 1970 A BERRY - CHESS 1550 - 1970 B

BERRY - CHESS 1550 - 1970 C BERRY - CHESS 1550 - 1970 D

Fall 1970 – Toronto Pop

Chuck Berry performs “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” in the film “Toronto Pop”

February 3rd, 1972

Chuck Berry travels to England where he performs “My-Ding-A-Ling” which is recorded live at a Coventry concert.  The recording becomes his only number one hit and sells about one-and-a-half million copies.  Berry had not had a major hit since his “second era” seven years earlier.

LP – Chess 60020 – “The London Chuck Berry Sessions” – Charted June 10th, 1972 – #8 on Hot 200

BERRY - CHESS 60020 1972 ABERRY - CHESS 60020 1972 B

BERRY - CHESS 60020 1972 C BERRY - CHESS 60020 1972 D

45 – Chess 2131 – “My Ding-A-Ling” b/w Johnny B. Goode” – Charted August 5th, 1972 Hot 100 #1 for 2 Weeks – Charted September 30th, 1972 R&B #42

1972-06 - CHESS 2131 A 1972-06 - CHESS 2131 B

LP – Mercury 6501 – “St. Louie To Frisco To Memphis” – Charted November 4th, 1972 – #185 Hot 200

BERRY - MERCURY LP 6501 - ST LOUIE

1972 – John Lennon

Chuck Berry and John Lennon perform “Johnny B. Goode” together on Chuck’s 45th Birthday.

BERRY LENNON

1973 – Germany

Berry is offstage in Schedlsen, Germany awaiting his turn to perform – Jerry Lee Lewis is taking excessive time setting up and performing – Finally Berry struts out onto the stage with his guitar uninvited and a surprised Lewis welcomes him for an eight minute jam – after which – Berry departs but leaves ’em standing – screaming and applauding. – 1973 would be one of Chuck Berry’s most fiscally prosperous years in his career.

45 – Chess 2140 – “Bio” b/w “Roll ‘Em Pete” – Released 1973 – Did Not Chart

1973-01 - CHESS 2140 A 1973-01 - CHESS 2140 B

LP – Chess 60023 – “Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade Vol. 2” – Charted February 24th, 1973 – #110 Hot 200

BERRY - CHESS 60023 - 1973 E

BERRY - CHESS 60023 - 1973 F BERRY - CHESS 60023 - 1973 G

BERRY - CHESS 60023 - 1973 A BERRY - CHESS 60023 - 1973 B

BERRY - CHESS 60023 - 1973 C BERRY - CHESS 60023 - 1973 D

LP – Chess 50043 – “Chuck Berry Bio” – Charted September 8th, 1973 – #175 on Hot 200

BERRY - CHESS 50043 - 1973 A BERRY - CHESS 50043 - 1973 D

BERRY - CHESS 50043 - 1973 B BERRY - CHESS 50043 - 1973 C

BERRY - CHESS 50043 - 1973 E BERRY - CHESS 50043 - 1973 F

1973 – The London Rock and Roll Show

Chuck Berry performs “School Days”, “Memphis Tennessee”, “Roll ‘Em Pete”, “Little Queenie”, “Carol”, “Reelin’ & Rockin'”, “Mean Old World”, “Beer Drinkin’ Woman”, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, “Wee Wee Hours”, and “Let it Rock” in the film “The London Rock and Roll Show”

1972 LONDON ROCK AND ROLL SHOW

1974 Troubles

Berry would enter into serious problems with the IRS in 1974 which would not end well.  His recording combo at this time was still long time combo members in the studio Johnnie Johnson and Ebby Hardy along with Jim Marsala

1974 – “Let the Good Times Roll

Chuck Berry performs “School Days”, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, “Johnny B. Goode”, “Reelin and Rockin”, and an untitled jam session with Bo Diddley

1973 LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

January, 1974 – “Alice In The Cities”

Chuck Berry performs “Memphis” live in Holland in the film “Alice in the Cities”

1974 ALICE IN THE CITIES

LP – Everest 321 – “Chuck Berry’s Greatest Hits” – 1976

BERRY - EVEREST 321 - 1976 B BERRY - EVEREST 321 - 1976 C

BERRY - EVEREST 321 - 1976 A

1977 – “American Hot Wax”

Chuck Berry performs “Reelin’ and Rockin'”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, and “Sweet Little Sixteen” in the film “American Hot Wax”

1978 AMERICAN HOT WAX

LP – Gusto 4 – “The Best of Chuck Berry” – 1978

BERRY - GUSTO 4 - 1978 C BERRY - GUSTO 4 - 1978 D

BERRY - GUSTO 4 - 1978 A BERRY - GUSTO 4 - 1978 B

June, 1979

Chuck Berry goes to trial and is convicted for tax evasion and sentenced to 3 years in California’s Lompoc Prison – his third time in corrections.  He enters prison in August and is discharged in November of the same year.

Atco 7203 – “Oh What A Thrill” b/w “California” – Released July, 1979 – Did Not Chart

1973-07 - ATCO 7203 A 1973-07 - ATCO 7203 B

December, 1981

Chuck Berry rings in the new year performing on the same bill with one of his idols – Bob Hope.

1982, Motion Picture Class Reunion

Berry performs in National Lampoon’s motion picture “Class Reunion” – Berry appears in the film and performs “My-Ding-A-Ling”, “It Wasn’t Me” and “Festival”.

MOVIE - CLASS REUNION

1986 – Hall of Fame for Chuck

Chuck Berry is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – January, 1986

BERRY RR HALL OF FAME

LOGO ROCK ROLL HALL OF FAME

Chuck Berry is also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in the “Rock and Roll” category in 1986

BERRY SONGWRITERS

1987 – Motion Picture – “Hail, Hail Rock and Roll”

Chuck Berry is the featured artist in this tribute to his great music.

MOVIE - HAIL RR

1990 – Grammy Hall of Fame

“Roll Over Beethoven” receives a Grammy Hall of Fame recognition award

1956-05 - CHESS 1626 AGRAMMY

Crosley 1383 – “Johnny B. Goode” – b/w “Maybelline” – Released 2003

2003-01 - CROSLEY 1383 A 2003-01 - CROSLEY 1383 B

2003-01 - CROSLEY 1383 C 2003-01 - CROSLEY 1383 D

 

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