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« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2017, 02:25:31 PM »


How Chuck Berry defined a generation of rock ‘n’ roll

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« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2017, 04:03:03 PM »

I remember finding a 78 rpm copy of "Johnny B. Goode" in a record store in the summer of '63. I knew this song and this artist had a reputation but that's all. So I and my brother gave it a listen there and then. That was our first taste of just how good rock'n'roll could be. RIP, Chuck.
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« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2017, 12:02:55 AM »

I wanted to post again about Chuck, even though I already did, because I don't feel like it was enough. This is having a bigger impact on me than I ever thought it would. Simply put, the man is directly and indirectly responsible of 99% of the music that has made a huge impact on my life. People call Elvis the "King of Rock & Roll". Nope. Chuck Berry was the king of Rock & Roll. The style of music that would come to be known as Rock & Roll was already taking shape, but Chuck solidified the art form. He was one of the earlier Rock & Roll musicians to write his own words and music. And what a writer he was. "It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well. "It was clear that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle". Dear God, that is genius! Who would ever think to rhyme the words "wished them well" with "mademoiselle"? I remember a quote from Bruce Springsteen regarding a verse from the song Nadine that goes "I saw her from the corner when she turned and doubled back, and started walkin' toward a coffee colored Cadillac". He said "I've never seen a coffee colored Cadillac, but I know exactly what one looks like!". That sums up Chuck as a lyricist to me. Chuck's words painted a picture that you could clearly visualize in your head. Johnny B Goode is probably the first "local boy done good" guitar hero story.
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« Reply #28 on: March 20, 2017, 02:37:47 AM »

People call Elvis the "King of Rock & Roll". Nope. Chuck Berry was the king of Rock & Roll. The style of music that would come to be known as Rock & Roll was already taking shape, but Chuck solidified the art form. He was one of the earlier Rock & Roll musicians to write his own words and music. And what a writer he was. "It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well. "It was clear that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle". Dear God, that is genius! Who would ever think to rhyme the words "wished them well" with "mademoiselle"? I remember a quote from Bruce Springsteen regarding a verse from the song Nadine that goes "I saw her from the corner when she turned and doubled back, and started walkin' toward a coffee colored Cadillac". He said "I've never seen a coffee colored Cadillac, but I know exactly what one looks like!". That sums up Chuck as a lyricist to me. Chuck's words painted a picture that you could clearly visualize in your head. Johnny B Goode is probably the first "local boy done good" guitar hero story.

Perfectly put. Thanks, Jay.
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« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2017, 02:44:50 PM »

The greatest concert I ever saw was 1995, Chuck Berry and Little Richard at the Puyallup Fair. Both still had it! Chuck opened and went through that great catalog of songs, had a great band backing him up, the love flowed from the stage to the crowd and back. Then Richard came out with his great band and rocked us again. Hard to top that. I've always wanted to be able to sing like Richard - I can't. Always wanted to play guitar like Chuck - well, i'm working on it.
Lucky! You're right that Little Richard is great singer. I dubbed him best rock'n'roll voice. 3D
Yes, even in 2002 - the last time I saw him - he sounded great. Love his piano playing, too.
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« Reply #30 on: March 20, 2017, 02:47:39 PM »

I wanted to post again about Chuck, even though I already did, because I don't feel like it was enough. This is having a bigger impact on me than I ever thought it would. Simply put, the man is directly and indirectly responsible of 99% of the music that has made a huge impact on my life. People call Elvis the "King of Rock & Roll". Nope. Chuck Berry was the king of Rock & Roll. The style of music that would come to be known as Rock & Roll was already taking shape, but Chuck solidified the art form. He was one of the earlier Rock & Roll musicians to write his own words and music. And what a writer he was. "It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well. "It was clear that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle". Dear God, that is genius! Who would ever think to rhyme the words "wished them well" with "mademoiselle"? I remember a quote from Bruce Springsteen regarding a verse from the song Nadine that goes "I saw her from the corner when she turned and doubled back, and started walkin' toward a coffee colored Cadillac". He said "I've never seen a coffee colored Cadillac, but I know exactly what one looks like!". That sums up Chuck as a lyricist to me. Chuck's words painted a picture that you could clearly visualize in your head. Johnny B Goode is probably the first "local boy done good" guitar hero story.
I don't think it's possible to overstate how great he was. The guitar playing, the lyrics, even the way he sang them. He knew how to phrase what he was singing for maximum impact. And as a live performer - when he had the right musicians behind him - he was hard to beat. He knew how to work a crowd, give them what they want, a lot of charisma and charm.
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« Reply #31 on: March 21, 2017, 12:48:15 PM »

People call Elvis the "King of Rock & Roll". Nope. Chuck Berry was the king of Rock & Roll. The style of music that would come to be known as Rock & Roll was already taking shape, but Chuck solidified the art form. He was one of the earlier Rock & Roll musicians to write his own words and music. And what a writer he was. "It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well. "It was clear that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle". Dear God, that is genius! Who would ever think to rhyme the words "wished them well" with "mademoiselle"? I remember a quote from Bruce Springsteen regarding a verse from the song Nadine that goes "I saw her from the corner when she turned and doubled back, and started walkin' toward a coffee colored Cadillac". He said "I've never seen a coffee colored Cadillac, but I know exactly what one looks like!". That sums up Chuck as a lyricist to me. Chuck's words painted a picture that you could clearly visualize in your head. Johnny B Goode is probably the first "local boy done good" guitar hero story.

Perfectly put. Thanks, Jay.

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« Reply #32 on: March 21, 2017, 12:59:16 PM »

I wanted to post again about Chuck, even though I already did, because I don't feel like it was enough. This is having a bigger impact on me than I ever thought it would. Simply put, the man is directly and indirectly responsible of 99% of the music that has made a huge impact on my life. People call Elvis the "King of Rock & Roll". Nope. Chuck Berry was the king of Rock & Roll. The style of music that would come to be known as Rock & Roll was already taking shape, but Chuck solidified the art form. He was one of the earlier Rock & Roll musicians to write his own words and music. And what a writer he was. "It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well. "It was clear that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle". Dear God, that is genius! Who would ever think to rhyme the words "wished them well" with "mademoiselle"? I remember a quote from Bruce Springsteen regarding a verse from the song Nadine that goes "I saw her from the corner when she turned and doubled back, and started walkin' toward a coffee colored Cadillac". He said "I've never seen a coffee colored Cadillac, but I know exactly what one looks like!". That sums up Chuck as a lyricist to me. Chuck's words painted a picture that you could clearly visualize in your head. Johnny B Goode is probably the first "local boy done good" guitar hero story.
I don't think it's possible to overstate how great he was. The guitar playing, the lyrics, even the way he sang them. He knew how to phrase what he was singing for maximum impact. And as a live performer - when he had the right musicians behind him - he was hard to beat. He knew how to work a crowd, give them what they want, a lot of charisma and charm.
Amen. I agree with every single thing you said. Seriously, I don't think people realise the enormity of losing Chuck Berry. Maybe some of the older musicians like Paul McCartney or really any surviving member of a band from the "British Invasion". But the majority of people today have no idea who Chuck Berry is, and that's a damn crime. People like Chuck(and Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino Bo Diddly, etc) should be taught in school. People don't appreciate what Chuck meant, and continues to mean, to modern day music.
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« Reply #33 on: March 21, 2017, 01:02:43 PM »

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« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2017, 03:09:22 PM »

But the majority of people today have no idea who Chuck Berry is, and that's a damn crime. People like Chuck(and Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino Bo Diddly, etc) should be taught in school.


When I hear the sh!t that people who actually should know about it (I mean generally, not necessarily "on this board") are uttering, then I'd rather have everyone find out on his/her own instead of getting "schooled" on it.
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« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2017, 09:38:03 PM »

I wanted to post again about Chuck, even though I already did, because I don't feel like it was enough. This is having a bigger impact on me than I ever thought it would. Simply put, the man is directly and indirectly responsible of 99% of the music that has made a huge impact on my life. People call Elvis the "King of Rock & Roll". Nope. Chuck Berry was the king of Rock & Roll. The style of music that would come to be known as Rock & Roll was already taking shape, but Chuck solidified the art form. He was one of the earlier Rock & Roll musicians to write his own words and music. And what a writer he was. "It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well. "It was clear that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle". Dear God, that is genius! Who would ever think to rhyme the words "wished them well" with "mademoiselle"? I remember a quote from Bruce Springsteen regarding a verse from the song Nadine that goes "I saw her from the corner when she turned and doubled back, and started walkin' toward a coffee colored Cadillac". He said "I've never seen a coffee colored Cadillac, but I know exactly what one looks like!". That sums up Chuck as a lyricist to me. Chuck's words painted a picture that you could clearly visualize in your head. Johnny B Goode is probably the first "local boy done good" guitar hero story.
I don't think it's possible to overstate how great he was. The guitar playing, the lyrics, even the way he sang them. He knew how to phrase what he was singing for maximum impact. And as a live performer - when he had the right musicians behind him - he was hard to beat. He knew how to work a crowd, give them what they want, a lot of charisma and charm.
Amen. I agree with every single thing you said. Seriously, I don't think people realise the enormity of losing Chuck Berry. Maybe some of the older musicians like Paul McCartney or really any surviving member of a band from the "British Invasion". But the majority of people today have no idea who Chuck Berry is, and that's a damn crime. People like Chuck(and Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino Bo Diddly, etc) should be taught in school. People don't appreciate what Chuck meant, and continues to mean, to modern day music.
PBS had a really nice special about Fats  acouple years ago; great introduction for those just learning about his music. For Chuck, the go to film is always going to be "Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll" from 1987. They got just about everything you could want to know about the man in that film, and he had the best musicians possible (including Johnny Johnson) backing up him. I wish someone had done something similar with Little Richard while he was still performing, but there is a lot of footage of him out there, so a definitive biofilm could still be made. The mainstream media today is still so much in love with the rock artists of the 60's - Dylan, McCartney, Stones, etc - there is always something to report - a new album, new tour, new release of archive material. The music business turned into a multi-million dollar business during their peak years, somehow the 50's stars were overshadowed by their students.
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« Reply #36 on: February 22, 2021, 10:27:51 AM »

Gibson is proud to present this first-ever Chuck Berry signature model, a replica of his 1955 ES-350T, to honor the legendary career of one of music's greatest innovators. It features historically-correct construction and appointments, hand-picked figured maple, a pair of fiery P-90 pickups, a replica strap and a replica of the Zuni "Sun God" bolo tie that Chuck wore throughout the 1950s.


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