Charles Edward Anderson Berry October 18, — March 18, was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Nicknamed the " Father of Rock and Roll ", Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive with songs such as " Maybellene " , " Roll Over Beethoven " , " Rock and Roll Music " and " Johnny B. Goode " Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis , Missouri , Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from to After his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant.
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Nats Jon: Chuck berry was one of the architect of rock and roll In a song like Jony B. The teenager was being invented in the 50s and chuck berry helped invent it. So, Berry understood what kinds wanted in a way before they did, he helped create the whole attitude of the American teenager. Nats Jon: Roll over Beethoven was one of his early songs and you can just imagine a kid, a rock n roller, thinking, why am I listening to Beethoven, why are my teachers making me listen to Tchaikovsky? I just wanna rock and roll, he got that sense of generational change. By Jon Pareles. He was The St. Charles County Police Department confirmed his death on its Facebook page.
Louis, Missouri , U. Raised in a working-class African American neighbourhood on the north side of the highly segregated city of St. Berry was still attending high school when he was sent to a Missouri prison for young offenders to serve three years for armed robbery. After his release and return to St.