Chuck Berry; Father of Rock n' Roll

Hayley King and Kaitlyn Funk

Chuck Berry!

Show Host: Welcome back! We have a guest here today. He's a famous man, making music beloved by most. Now, welcome the father of Rock and Roll... Chuck Berry!

Audience: *Applauding*

Chuck Berry: Hello, everyone. Thank you for inviting me.

Show Host: It's a honor!

Chuck Berry: It's the same here.

Show Host: How have you been doing?

Chuck Berry: I've been well. You?
Show Host: I've been excited for your arrival!

Chuck Berry: I've been excited to come here.

Show Host: That's great! Now, it's time for our sponsors!

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Early Life

  • Went to Sunday School and Church as a child
  • Sang in the Church Choir
  • Sang in Glee club
  • Began to play guitar in high school
  • Took courses in cosmetology
  • Styled hair
  • Worked as a photographer and carpenter
  • Was a part of a trio called the "Chuck Berry trio"
  • Signed to record with Chess

Influences

  • Muddy Waters
  • Chuck Berry Trio
  • Chess
  • Themetta (wife)
  • The Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones
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Time Period

  • Sang in the 1950's
  • 1950's civil movement
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes president
  • Cold War
  • Communist uprising expected
  • Suburban Culture

Their Music

  • "Maybellene"
  • "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)"
  • "Sweet Little Sixteen"
  • "Roll over Beethoven"
  • "John B. Goode"
  • "Nadine"
  • "No Particular Place to Go"
  • "My Ding-A-Ling"
  • "Memphis, Tennesse"
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Chuck Berry - Maybellene 1955

Interesting Facts

  • Earned Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • In Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Received the Triple Award
  • His song "Johnny B. Goode" was on Voyager I and II
  • Receives Kennedy Center Honor
  • Was convicted for taking an under-aged girl across state lines
  • Served 20 months in prison
  • Created the "Duck walk"
  • Was nicknamed the "Father of Rock and Roll"
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Works Cited

"Chuck Berry Biography." Rockhall.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2016.


"Chuck Berry (1926 - )." SIRS Discoverer. Feb. 25 2002: n.p. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 17 May 2016.


McLeese, Don. "Berry, Chuck." World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 20 May 2016.