Monday’s Music Moves Me: RIP Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry… man, what a player. I heard he had passed Saturday, and have read a few of the obits and tribute posts to him, all of which said he was a legend, which he was, the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which he was (or at least one of them), etc. etc. etc. As I see it, Chuck influenced George Harrison, who in turn influenced me.

Here are a few songs, and I found a way not to repeat any that others have posted: I started with “Guitar Boogie” and let YouTube pick the rest. I came up with some gems I hadn’t even heard of. Enjoy!

“Guitar Boogie”

“Woodpecker”

“House Of Blue Lights”

“Tulane”

“You Never Can Tell”

Chuck was still performing until before he died, and it took death to get him to stop. He’s probably still playing in Rock & Roll Heaven. Rest in peace, Chuck Berry, and thanks for all the great tunes.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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Author: John Holton

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18 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: RIP Chuck Berry”

    1. Do you remember the Saturday Night Live sketch where there were a bunch of clairvoyants sitting around making their great predictions? Steve Martin, who was said to be “the man who had predicted every Time magazine cover,” said that he predicted the Voyager would be found, and we would get a message from space, “Send More Chuck Berry!”

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  1. No doubt about it, Chuck Berry was one of a small handful of artists who truly shaped Rock ‘N’ Roll. One of the most influential founders (along with “The King”: Elvis, and Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis) because he really established the electric guitar as the primary instrument in Rock.

    I got to meet him while working on the movie ‘AMERICAN HOT WAX’ and got his autograph. He was really cool, and his was the only autograph I ever asked someone for on my behalf. (I did once get Joe Namath’s autograph for my Ma, because she really liked him.)

    A true legend whose influence on Rock cannot be overstated has left for that Great Sock Hop in the sky.

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    1. He influenced a whole lot of guitar players, I know that, probably because, as you say, he was the one that put the guitar up front. Every rock guitar player knows the opening to “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over, Beethoven” and could probably play them in their sleep.

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  2. I was 8 years old, and my dad had just lost an election for Missoula County attorney. There was this song talking about some guy cruising out to the Kokomo with his girl, and deciding to take a stroll. But her seat belt got stuck and he had to drive home.

    Took me awhile to match up the song with the artist, but it was Chuck Berry’s No Particular Place to Go, released in May 1964. That was the first rock and roll song I can really remember.

    Years later, we adapted Electric Light Orchestra’s arrangement of Roll Over Beethoven to two trumpets, trombone, sax, three guitars, keyboards and drums. I had great fun with the vocal onstage.

    And the question always was, “OK, Johnny B. Goode. What key tonight?”

    Yes, it was usually just three chords, but Chuck Berry always told a story that made you remember, a story that rang true. He was remarkably colorblind in a racist era. He will be greatly missed, but his music lives on in new generations of players.

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    1. Chuck once said that Elvis was a white guy who sounded black, while he was a black guy that sounded white. His music had appeal to white and black kids alike: like he said, he wrote about school because half his listeners were in school, about cars because half his listeners had cars, and about love because most of his listeners were in love. He didn’t use his music to push an agenda, he was just trying to entertain, even when everyone else was writing serious songs about issues.

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  3. John, I heard about Berry’s passing over the weekend, too. He was 90, wasn’t he? He lived a nice long life and his guitar playing was awesome. The greats to shape the mewsic industry will never be replaced. Heck, everybody coming up today can’t even hold a candle to these legends! Excellent tribute. Thanks for rocking the dance floor with the 4M gang!

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    1. He left an incredible amount of music behind, and I understand he was planning his first album in almost 40 years when he died. A lot of those early Chess sessions had some great musicians on them: Willie Dixon on bass, Lafayette Leake (or maybe Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, or Sunnyland Slim) on piano, Fred Below on drums… those guys were all Chicago legends. Chuck did some incredible blues as well as his rock & roll. Let’s hope his music stays alive… and I’m sure it will.

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