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[[caption-width-right:304:Chuck Berry in the 1950's.]]

->''His mother told him someday you will be a man,\\
And you would be the leader of a big old band.\\
Many people coming from miles around\\
To hear you play your music when the sun go down''
-->--"Johhny B. Goode"

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born 18th October 1926) is a famous RockAndRoll singer and guitarist best known for his string of pioneering hit singles during TheFifties. Indisputably one of the most important and influential performers of all time, his best known songs include "Johnny B. Goode", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Maybellene" and many more. It's generally considered that if it weren't for the racism at the time of his fame, Berry would have been crowned "King Of Rock And Roll" instead of Music/ElvisPresley by a vast majority.

Although his output slowed after a run-in with the law which saw him convicted for some time (in circumstances similar to those that wrecked the career of Music/JerryLeeLewis) and his hit-making period was over by the mid 1960s (with the exception of his only number-one hit, 1972's "My Ding-A-Ling"), Berry's influence on subsequent performers was significant. He was widely covered and cited as major influence by many [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion British Invasion]] bands, such as Music/TheAnimals, Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheHollies, Music/TheKinks, Music/ThePrettyThings, Music/TheRollingStones and Music/TheYardbirds.

Like his contemporaries Music/LittleRichard and Music/JerryLeeLewis, Berry has remained fairly active over the past sixty years. On his 90th birthday in 2016, he announced that he was working on new songs for the first time since 1979, after decades of insisting he was too old to put out any more work.

Magazine/RollingStone recognises him as the seventh greatest guitarist of all time on their list of [[UsefulNotes/RollingStone100GreatestGuitaristsOfAllTime 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time]].

!!Studio Discography:

* 1956 - ''Rock, Rock, Rock''
* 1957 - ''After School Sessions''
* 1958 - ''One Dozen Berrys''
* 1959 - ''Chuck Berry Is On Top''
* 1960 - ''Rockin' At The Hops''
* 1961 - ''New Juke Box Hits''
* 1964 - ''Two Great Guitars'' [[note]]A collaboration with Music/BoDiddley[[/note]]
* 1964 - ''St. Louis To Liverpool''
* 1965 - ''Chuck Berry In London''
* 1965 - ''Fresh Berry's''
* 1967 - ''Chuck Berry's Golden Hits''
* 1967 - ''Chuck Berry In Memphis''
* 1968 - ''From St. Louis To Frisco''
* 1969 - ''Concerto In B. Goode''
* 1970 - ''Back Home''
* 1971 - ''San Francisco Dues''
* 1972 - ''The London Chuck Berry Sessions'' [[note]]The first half of the album was recorded in the studio[[/note]]
* 1973 - ''Bio''
* 1975 - ''Chuck Berry''
* 1979 - ''Rock It''
* 1987 - ''Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll''

!!Live Discography:

* 1963 - ''Chuck Berry On Stage''
* 1967 - ''Live At The Fillmore Auditorium''
* 1972 - ''The London Chuck Berry Sessions'' [[note]]The second half of the album was recorded live[[/note]]
* 1978 - ''Chuck Berry Live In Concert''
* 1981 - ''Alive And Rockin'''
* 1981 - ''Chuck Berry Live''
* 1982 - ''Toronto Rock 'N' Roll Revival 1969 Vol. II''
* 1982 - ''Toronto Rock 'N' Roll Revival 1969 Vol. III''
* 2000 - ''Live!''
* 2000 - ''Live On Stage'' [[note]]Recorded in 1983[[/note]]
* 2002 - ''Chuck Berry - In Concert''

!!! "Let me hear some of that trope and roll music, any old time you choose it":

* AudienceParticipationSong: One of most proliferated recordings of "My Ding-a-Ling" involves him getting the audience to sing the chorus back to him.
%% * BadassGrandpa: Naturally.
* ButNotTooBlack: The record company originally tried to hide the fact that he wasn't white. Of course, the advent of television made that pretty hard. They did make him change Johnny B Goode to a "country boy" rather than a "coloured boy", though.
* CallAndResponseSong: "School Day" features a contrapuntal pattern between Berry's vocal and his guitar.
%% * CarSong: "Maybellene"
* CoolOldGuy: Born in 1926 and still doing gigs.
* CoverVersion: One of the most popular sources for covers, especially by the artists of the BritishInvasion during the sixties.
* DirtyOldMan: As the infamous "[[NeverLiveItDown video cameras in the women's bathroom]]" incident can attest to.
** Casey, the protagonist of "Too Pooped To Pop" is an elderly man who hangs out at teen dances, so he could well have been one (though the song is more critical of his dancing skills).
* DoubleEntendre: "My Ding-a-Ling".
%% * EpicRocking: "Concerto In B. Goode".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "No Particular Place To Go" has the teenage characters go to MakeOutPoint to... "take a stroll." Uh-huh. Of course, nothing happens.
-->Can you imagine the way I felt?
-->I couldn't unfasten her safety belt!
* GratuitousFrench: "You Never Can Tell" includes "monsieur and madam have rung the chapel bell/''C'est la vie'' said the old folks, goes to show you never can tell." Possibly justified, since the groom in the song ''is'' named Pierre.
%% * HairTriggerTemper
* HeavyMeta: "Rock And Roll Music", "School Days", "Roll Over Beethoven". It was really what most of his lyrics were about.
* {{Jerkass}}: Many have theorised that his adherence to this trope is at least part of what kept him from becoming as big as someone like Elvis, who was the epitome of the NiceGuy.
%% * ListingCities: "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Back in the U.S.A."
* NonAppearingTitle: "Let It Rock", which is ''not'' an ode to ThePowerOfRock but an uptempo {{Blues}} song about working on a railroad.
%% * OdeToYouth: "School Day"
%% * OneManSong: "Johnny B. Goode'', "Roll Over Beethoven".
%% * OneWomanSong: "Beautiful Delilah", "Nadine", among others.
* RepurposedPopSong: "You Never Can Tell" got a new life briefly due to it being featured in the big Creator/JohnTravolta-Creator/UmaThurman dance sequence in ''Film/PulpFiction.''
%% * RockStarSong: "Johnny B. Goode" and others.
* TheScrooge: He would rather go to jail (for the second time, even!) than pay a fine when he was sentenced for tax fraud in the seventies. When he goes on tour, he demands that the local organisers provide him with a backing band, because he doesn't want to pay travelling expenses for his own band.
* SelfPlagiarism: "No Particular Place to Go" is literally just "School Day" with different lyrics.
** "Thirty Days" is a pretty blatant knockoff of "Maybellene".
** "Little Queenie" and "Run Rudolph Run" have identical guitar intros and generally sound like one another (the main difference is that Berry didn't write "Run Rudolph Run").
%% * SomethingBlues: "Drifting Blues," "St. Louis Blues", "Worried Life Blues"
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The Latin-tinged ballad "Drifting Heart" and the calypso-style "Havana Moon" were notable changes-of-pace from his early rock sound.
* TropeMaker: Along with Music/ElvisPresley sideman Scotty Moore, Berry is the trope maker for guitar-based rock and roll.
* TwelveBarBlues: Like all 50's rockers, it's a staple of his songs.
* UnusualEuphemism: ''My Ding-A-Ling'' for his penis.
* WhamLine: "Marie is only six years old, information please/Try to put me through to her in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis,_Tennessee_%28song%29 Memphis, Tennessee"]]