Louis, Missouri , U. Raised in a working-class African American neighbourhood on the north side of the highly segregated city of St. Berry was still attending high school when he was sent to a Missouri prison for young offenders to serve three years for armed robbery. After his release and return to St. Louis, he worked at an auto plant, studied hairdressing, and played music in small nightclubs. Berry traveled to Chicago in search of a recording contract, and Muddy Waters directed him to the Chess brothers. Berry is undeniably one of the most influential figures in the history of rock music. In helping to create rock and roll from the crucible of rhythm and blues , he combined clever lyrics, distinctive guitar sounds, boogie-woogie rhythms, precise diction , an astounding stage show, and musical devices characteristic of country-western music and the blues in his many best-selling single records and albums. A distinctive if not technically dazzling guitarist, Berry used electronic effects to replicate the ringing sounds of bottleneck blues guitarists in his recordings.
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Charles Edward Anderson Berry October 18, — March 18, was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Nicknamed the " Father of Rock and Roll ", Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive with songs such as " Maybellene " , " Roll Over Beethoven " , " Rock and Roll Music " and " Johnny B. Goode " Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis , Missouri , Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School.
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Elizabeth Flock Elizabeth Flock. This is no understatement. Since the s, when Berry first started producing his signature blend of music that combined a rhythm and blues beat with country twang, rockers have begged, borrowed and stolen from the legendary musician. Some have even been sued for allegedly doing so. His songs have also been covered countless times. And a number of the most persistently popular rock songs carry his direct influence — be it through guitar licks, riffs, lyrics, storytelling or attitude. Here are 10 of them:. It is nothing like the Chuck Berry song, but they took me to court because I admitted the influence once years ago. Elizabeth Flock is a reporter and producer for the NewsHour.
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