Sharing my love for the first decade of rock and roll!
Chuck Berry died 5 years ago today, March 18, 2017. It is only fitting that this week’s post features him.
Berry was considered a pioneer in the emerging rock and roll scene of the 1950’s. He was renowned for his exemplary guitar playing skills, bringing the instrument to the forefront of the genre. Although borrowed from the black rhythm and blues players of the late forties and early fifties, Berry’s guitar solos became his own unique and undeniable sound. In addition, his showmanship became a major influence on artists who came after him, namely his one-legged hop and duck walk. Furthermore, Berry related to the record-buying youth of the day by writing songs about teen culture, high school, and fast cars.
Berry is known for a plethora of rock and roll hits including, Johnny B. Goode, Roll Over Beethoven, Maybellene, School Days, Sweet Little Sixteen, Rock and Roll Music, and No Particular Place to Go.
Berry was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductee in 1986.