Born in 1926 in St. Louis, MO, Berry is sent to a reformatory, then trains as a cosmetologist before he begins playing for pianist Johnnie Johnson in 1953. In 1955 he travels to Chicago and meets Leonard Chess of Chess Records; in May he records Maybellene, his first top-5 hit. In the next ten years he becomes a rock pioneer, charting dozens of times.
Johnny will become one of the most-covered songs in all of rock. In 2008 Rolling Stone names it #1 of 100 Greatest Guitar Songs. It’s prominent in 1985 film Back to the Future. Berry is among the first performers inducted into the Rock HoF in 1986. He’s the subject of 1987 film Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll. He’s still touring as late as 2008, and still performs every 3rd Wednesday at St. Louis restaurant Blueberry Hill.
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