Chuck Berry has always held a special place in my rock n’ roll heart. I wrote about him HERE when Scott, Stephen and I first started 50THIRDAND3RD back in 2013.
I reminisced about the first time I TRULY heard Chuck Berry and the effect his music had on me at a young age. People who knew Chuck personally have had different takes on him. He was a difficult and complicated man. Some would see him as shallow, a womanizer and an all around asshole. Others would see a man that had to overcome both the racial and musical barriers that during his early years must have been terribly difficult. He surely was not a saint…. a sinner?… by all accounts, yes. But he was not a monster either. Chuck Berry was a genius and he was unrepentant. He saw things in music that others could not envision and he made songs that the adults could not relate to but the kids COULD.
All I know is that Chuck Berry, along with Elvis Presley and Little Richard, created something the world was not ready for at the time but was also what the world NEEDED…. and it has not been the same ever since. Hail, Hail Rock n’ Roll!
Chuck Berry – School Days
On his 90th birthday, Berry announced plans for a new studio album, his first since 1979. The album, titled Chuck, will be released this year. It features his children, Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid, on guitar and harmonica, and is dedicated to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry.