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Chuck Berry

Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric

Born: October 18, 1926    

Inspired by the electrified Delta blues of Muddy Waters, the wild showmanship of T-Bone Walker and Guitar Slim, the smooth crooning of Nat “King” Cole, and the storytelling of Hank Williams, Chuck Berry scrambled his influences and came out with a concoction that was uniquely his own.

The screaming, overdriven guitar intro to “Maybelline,” Berry’s Chess Records debut, tells the story, walloped with the power of the blues, honed to perfection. Berry’s Chess sides sound fully formed, solid, the raw power of a band of incredible musicians led by a true musical visionary. Even today, they come howling out of speakers like pure energy. Loose, swinging, grooving, Berry’s songs are nearly perfect. The classics he penned are too many to mention. Here are just a few: “Maybelline,” “No Money Down,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Reelin’ and Rockin’,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Around and Around,” “Carol,” “Let It Rock,” “Come On,” “Nadine (Is it You?),” and “Roll Over Beethoven.”...
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    St. Louis To Liverpool / Berry Is On Top

    Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs
    2008
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    You Never Can Tell / Sweet Little Sixteen

    Chesky Records
    1991
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    The Latest And The Greatest

    Chesky Records
    1964
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