Chuck Berry

While no single individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together. It was his particular genius to graft country & western guitar licks onto a rhythm & blues chasis in his very first single, “Maybellene.” 


Chuck  Berry Electric Guitar, 1981

Chuck  Berry Electric Guitar, 1981

Gibson ES 335

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Chuck  Berry Suit, 1987

Chuck  Berry Suit, 1987

Chuck Berry wore this outfit in an advertisement for Christian Brother’s Brandy. Berry was the first person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986.

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Chuck  Berry and Louis Jordan Poster, 1957

Chuck  Berry and Louis Jordan Poster, 1957

This show featured two future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Chuck Berry and Louis Jordan.

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Chuck  Berryn Poster, c. 1953

Chuck  Berryn Poster, c. 1953

In the beginning of his career, Berry added an “n” to his last name in an attempt to keep his involvement in rock and roll separate from his parents, who were very religious.

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