Chuck Berry Statue
Johnny B. Goode talks about a boy from New Orleans, but don’t be mistaken: it’s actually Chuck Berry himself, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, where he laid down his first chords and where, today, we never stop paying tribute to him. An admiration that was already evident during his lifetime, as evidenced by the imposing statue of him, inaugurated on 29 July 2011 in his presence.
In St. Louis, young Chuck Berry, then still a child, discovered music and its power in a local church. At his high school in Sumner, he also got involved and joined the glee club, where he learned his first chords on the six-string. In 1941, he even gave a concert in front of his comrades.
But the neighborhood he lives in is not ideal for anyone looking to rise up, and the young man falls prey to crime. In 1944, the police arrested him in Kansas City where he had just robbed three businesses. It is a fact, his gun was not loaded but the judge still sentenced him to prison, where he remained until 1947. The future rock star went on to hold down several jobs and only played guitar to make ends meet. In 1955, Chuck Berry went to Chicago and for him, everything started far from his hometown. His hit Roll Over Beethoven made it to the charts, and after that, the guitarist continued to climb the ladder. In March 1958, Johnny B. Goode made him a star for good, while the artist evokes his hometown in this song. St. Louis made no mistake, deciding on July 5, 2011, the same year the statue was dedicated, to rename the 3000-3100 block of Whittier Street, not far from the house where he was born, Chuck Berry Way. A talented musician, with a fiery temperament, at the origin of an incalculable number of vocations. As John Lennon said, “If you had to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.”
Chuck Berry recorded twenty studio albums, the last one being released less than three months after his death.
Chuck Berry Statue
If the place where Chuck Berry was born on October 18, 1926 has since been destroyed, the city of St. Louis still wanted to pay tribute to him.
Born in the African-American neighborhood of The Ville, Chuck Berry left his mark on St. Louis. He was the first musician to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his spectacular 8-foot bronze statue can be admired in the Delmar Loop. Artist Harry Webber captured the essence of Berry performing his legendary Duck Dance, which was inspired by Angus Young of AC/DC. Across the street, fans can visit Blueberry Hill, a club where they can enjoy a drink and a local specialty while admiring the largest collection of memorabilia.
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