Brian King Band 6 Chuck Berry Born: October 18, 1926 Singer/Songwriter Considered the father of rock „n‟

roll. He grew up in a very segregated city. He was one of six children. In high school he played in an annual talent show with a friend on guitar, which influenced his future as a songwriter and performer in the future because of how the crowd enjoyed his performance so much. Soon after the performance he began studying with local jazz legend Ira Harris. He dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and was soon arrested after robbing a bakery, clothing store, and barber shop by highway patrolmen. He received 10 years in jail, but got out 7 years earlier for good behavior on his 21stbirthday October 18, 1947. In 1951 his old high school classmate, Tommy Stevens, invited him to join his band. They played at local black nightclubs in St. Louis, and Berry quickly developed a reputation for his lively showmanship. In 1952 the pianist of the band, Jonnie Johnson, joined the band, making the Sir John‟s Trio. In 1955, he met Muddy Waters, a legendary blues musician who told berry to meet with chess records for a recording contract. A few weeks later Berry wrote and recorded “Maybellene”, with this chess signed him immediately. It is considered by many music historians as the first rock song. The song had reached #1 in the R&B charts and #5 on the pop charts. It had a unique blend of a rhythm and blues beat, and country guitar licks that youth of races both black and white enjoyed. . "I made records for people who would buy them," Berry said. "No color, no ethnic, no political — I don't want that, never did.'' Although many may not know of him, Berry still remains one of the genre's most influential musicians. In 1985, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; a year later, in 1986, he became the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's first inductee. Works Cited "Chuck Berry." - Biography, Discography, Top Songs List. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Nov. 2012. <http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_artists-bio/chuckberry.html>;. "Chuck Berry Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 23 Nov. 2012. <http://www.biography.com/people/chuck-berry-9210488?page=3>;. "Chuck Berry." Chuck Berry. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Nov. 2012. <http://www.history-ofrock.com/berry.htm>;.

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