Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry is a singer-songwriter and a guitarist. Many consider him to be one of the major pioneers of rock and roll, both him and his songs have received many accolades, one of them being the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. All questions about his history, life or music can be found here.

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Did Chuck Berry have any brothers?

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No i dont think so The above is incorrect; Chuck mentioned at least two brothers in his memoir which appeared about 20 years ago. There was an older brother Henry Jr, who started using the the nickname Hank while serving in the U.S. Army, as well as the youngest sibling Paul. I don't know if Paul or Henry Berry are still living, or what they have done in their adult lives, except that both Chuck and Hank--as the latter came to be called after his Army stint--started out working with their father on construction and repair jobs. I think Hank continued in that line; there's no mention in the memoir of him doing music. There was also at least once sister Thelma, who was gifted as a vocalist and studied operatic singing for a time.
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What brand of guitar did chuck berry play?

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Berry's first guitar was a Kay electric. Later on he almost always played semi-acoustic Gibsons. The most frequent being an ES-335 stereo model.
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Did Muzio Clementi come from a musical family?

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No. However his father encouraged him to study music.
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Is Chuck Berry dead?

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He is alive and celebrated his 84th birthday on October 18, 2010.
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Why do we you remember Chuck Berry?

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because people write history in books.
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Is Chuck Berry married?

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Yes. He is married to Themetta Sugg, also known as 'Toddy' Suggs.
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Who is chuck berry parents?

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Chuck Berry's father was Henry. He worked as a contractor and as a deacon to a Baptist church. His mother, Martha Berry was the principal of a school.
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Who wrote the song recorded by chuck berry promised land?

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Chuck Berry wrote it. According to internet sources, he was in jail at the time, and had to borrow an atlas to be sure of the cities on the route to California.
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Who is Chuck Berry?

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Chuck Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. October 18, 1926: Charles ("Chuck") Edward Anderson Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri December 31, 1952: Needing a replacement for an ailing saxophonist for a New Year's Eve show, pianist/bandleader Johnnie Johnson calls a guitar-playing acquaintance named Chuck Berry 1955: Chess releases Berry's "Maybelline" and Bo Diddley's "Bo Diddley" Diddley's single is released on Chess Record's subsidiary label, Checker May 1, 1955: Berry signs with Chess Records, landing a contract on the strength of his songwriting May 21, 1955: Berry records "Maybellene" - an uptempo rewrite of the country-flavored "Ida Red"; the first of Berry's many hits for Chess Records 1955: Berry hits #2 on the R&B chart with the Chess single "Thirty Days" August 1, 1955: "Maybellene" reaches #5 on Billboard's Best Sellers chart and tops the R&B chart for eleven weeks June 30, 1956: Berry hits #2 on the R&B chart and #29 on the pop chart with the Chess single "Roll Over Beethoven" January 21, 1957: Berry records "School Days" on Chess Records May 1, 1957: Berry's first LP, After School Session, is released May 13, 1957: Berry hits #1 on the R&B chart and #3 on the pop chart with "School Day" and #6 on the R&B chart and #8 (12/23) on the pop chart with "Rock and Roll Music." Both singles are released on Chess Records September - November, 1957: Berry tours with the "Biggest Show of Stars for '57," sharing stages with Buddy Holly, the Drifters, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, the Everly Brothers, Clyde McPhatter and more February 24, 1958: Berry's biggest hit of the rock & roll era, "Sweet Little Sixteen," is released. It reaches #2 on Billboard's pop chart (held back from the top position by the Champs' "Tequila") and #1 on the R&B chart March 17, 1958: Berry hits #1 on the R&B chart and #2 on the pop chart with "Sweet Little Sixteen" and #2 on the R&B chart and #8 (6/09) on the pop chart with "Johnny B. Goode" June 14, 1958: The rock and roll classic "Johnny B. Goode," written by Berry about pianist/sidekick Johnnie Johnson, makes the Top Ten 1959: Berry hits #3 on the R&B chart and #32 (5/04) on the pop chart with the Chess single "Almost Grown" May 31, 1961: Berryland Amusement Park opens outside St. Louis October 24, 1964: Berry appears in the TAMI ("Teen-Age Music International") Show with the Rolling Stones, James Brown, the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and others (The concert, held in Santa Monica, California, is released the next year as a feature film) October 28-29, 1964: The concert film The TAMI Show is recorded in Santa Monica, CA June 1, 1966: Berry leaves Chess for Mercury Records May 1, 1972: The London Chuck Berry Sessions was released (It became Berry's best-selling album, reaching #8 on the Billboard chart and earning gold-record status) October 21, 1972: Berry's only #1 hit, the novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling," reaches the top of the charts (originally recorded as "My Tambourine" back in 1958) 1973: After 30 years, pianist Johnnie Johnson leaves Berry's band March 1, 1978: Berry plays himself in American Hot Wax, a film biography of seminal rock and roll deejay Alan Freed June 1, 1979: Berry performs at the White House at the request of President Jimmy Carter February 26, 1985: Berry is given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards (cited as "one of the most influential and creative innovators in the history of American popular music") January 23, 1986: Berry is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner October 8, 1987: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, a movie documentary and concert tribute to Berry, with Keith Richards as musical director, debuted September 2, 1995: Backed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Berry performs "Johnny B. Goode" and "Rock and Roll Music" at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
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Is Halle Berry related to Chuck Berry?

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No, they are not related. They simply share the same last name, but there is no evidence of any familial relationship.
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Does chuck berry have kids?

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yes he does he has 2
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What is the year Chuck Berry was born?

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Chuck Berry was born in 1926.
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How many kids does Chuck berry have?

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Chuck has 4 children: Ingrid Berry Clay; Chuck Berry, Jr.; Aloha Isa Lei Berry; Melody Exes Berry
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Where did Chuck Berry go to high school?

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He attended Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He gave his first public performance during this time, in 1941. While still attending Sumner, he was arrested and convicted of armed robbery.
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Why did Chuck Berry get arrested?

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Which time? There were a few times, for different reasons. In 1944, before he could graduate high school, he was arrested and convicted of armed robbery after taking a joy ride with his friends to Kansas City, Missouri. In his 1987 autobiography, Chuck Berry: The Autobiography, he retells the story that his car broke down on the side of a highway and, not having a way home, flagged down a passing car. Berry attempted to commandeer the man's car at gunpoint with a non-functional pistol. The carjacked man called the police from a nearby pay phone; they quickly pulled over Berry in the car and arrested him and his friends. Berry was released from the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men at Algoa, near Jefferson City, Missouri on his 21st birthday in 1947. In December 1959, Berry was arrested under the Mann Act after an allegation that he had sex with a 14-year-old waitress whom he had transported over state lines to work as a hat check girl at his club. After an initial two-week trial in March 1960, Berry was convicted, fined $5,000, and sentenced to five years in prison. Berry's appeal that the judge's comments and attitude were racist and prejudiced the jury against him was upheld, and a second trial was heard in May and June 1961, which resulted in Berry being given a three-year prison sentence. After another appeal failed, Berry served one and one half years in prison from February 1962 to October 1963. Berry pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to four months in prison and 1,000 hours of community service-doing benefit concerts-in 1979. And in 1990, Berry pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was given a six-month suspended jail sentence, two years' unsupervised probation, and ordered to donate $5,000 to a local hospital.
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Is Chuck Berry still alive?

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Yes he is. He will be 90 years old in October 2016