"Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none was more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He was its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers. Quite simply, without him there would be no Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, nor myriad others."
Cub Koda from Allmusic.com
"If you were going to give rock & roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'." John Lennon
Berry received a degree in hairdressing and cosmetology and worked for a time as a beautician.
"The Gothfather." Pioneer of theatrical shock rock.
The most popular Black rock and roll artist of the 1950s.
The singer-songwriter of "Why Do Fools Fall In Love."
Mixing gospel and the profane, he's rock & roll personified.
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
The blues follows the Great Migration north and plugs in.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th century.
Urban-born rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.