Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry was born on this date, October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. At a young age, Berry showed an interest in music and sang in the church choir. He studied guitar with local jazz guitarist Ira Harris. In 1952, Berry met Jonnie Johnson and joined his band, the Sir John’s Trio. The band garnered a lot of attention playing with Berry’s upbeat numbers. He produced many hits throughout his career, including “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” In 1985, Berry received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Then in 1986, Berry, a pioneer of rock and roll music, became the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductee.
Celebrate his birthday today by watching and listening to him play Johnny B. Goode!