Chuck Berry, or Charles Edward Anderson Berry, was born on October 18th, 1926. During his youth, he joined a Baptist choir and sang the rthymic gospel songs of the time. In 1929 his family bought their first radio, and Chuck became facsinated with the radio and its tremendous power.|
Sometime around 1940 Berry began to learn how to play the guitar, and by 1952 he was playing professionally at many clubs in St. Louis. Berry's inspirations were such legends in the music industry as Charlie Christian, Muddy Waters, and the local jazz player, Ira Harris who taught Berry to play the guitar.
Around 1955 Berry began recording his songs for Chess Record, a recording company which he had heard of though Muddy Waters, who he had recently met in person. During 1955 he recorded such songs as "Maybellene", "Ida May", and "Wee Wee Hours", and by 1956 he was selling more records than any other artists at Chess.
Berry's reputation as the "father or rock'n roll" was recognized after he recorded such hits as "School Day's" "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven."
Born: October 18th, 1926