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Chuck Berry
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    (October 18, 1926-March 18, 2017)
    Born in St. Louis, Missouri
    Birth name is Charles Edward Anderson Berry
    Recorded 'Roll Over Beethoven,' 'Thirty Days,' 'Too Much Monkey Business,' 'Brown Eyed Handsome Man,' 'You Can't Catch Me,' 'School Day,' 'Carol,' 'Back in the U.S.A.,' 'Little Queenie,' 'Memphis, Tennessee,' 'My Ding a Ling,' 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'Rock and Roll Music'
    Wrote the book 'Chuck Berry: The Autobiography'
    Believed to be the founding father of Rock and Roll
    If you want to be technical about it, he's a one hit wonder, with his song 'My Ding a Ling' being his only song to reach the top of the charts.
    He liked 'the sight and sound of a black man playing white hillbilly music.'
    He was arrested for armed robbery and spent 3 years in prison (1944-47).
    He used to grease up his hair.
    In 1958, he came under fire for transporting a minor, who was 14, over state lines. He was brought up on charges after officials in St. Louis found out that he had hired her to work as a hat-checker at the clubs he performed at. She had previously worked as a prostitute in St. Louis area hotels. He would spend 2 years in prison after that.
    He changed much of his music style during the 70's to appease the hippie movement.
    He spent 100 days in jail after being arrested for tax evasion (1978).
    He was arrested for possession of videos of women urinating in his St. Louis restaurant. Video cameras were found in the restroom (1990).
    He was one of six children.
    He inspired the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin, among all those that were inspired by them.
    His mentor early on was blues legend Muddy Waters.
    Many feel that Elvis Presley stole his entire routine from him.
    He had a successful tour throughout Europe after being released from his second prison term.
    He was awarded the John F. Kenney Center Honor (2000).
    John Lennon said of him: 'If you were going to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.'

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