American History

#OTD 2017: Chuck Berry Considered Founding Father of Rock & Roll Music Died


This is our daily post that is shared across Twitter & Telegram and published first on here with Kindness & Love XX on

#AceNewsRoom in Kindness & Wisdom provides News & Views @acehistorynews

Ace Press News From Cutting Room Floor: Published: Mar.16: 2023:

#AceHistoryDesk – On this day in history, March 18, 2017, rock pioneer Chuck Berry at age 90.

Chuck Berry dies at age 90

Chuck Berry was arguably the founding father of rock ‘n’ roll,” said Neil Portnow, Recording Academy president and CEO, in an article on the Grammy Awards website upon Berry’s death.

“Not just because he was one of its greatest songwriters and established some of the electric guitar’s earliest and most memorable riffs, but also because he was one of music’s most palpably exciting entertainers and biggest personalities,” said Portnow in the same article. 

Born as Charles Edward Anderson Berry on Oct. 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck Berry was exposed to music through his parents and his church. 

His first musical performance was at his high school, his official website notes; there, he sang a song called “Confessin’ the Blues” by Jay McShann. 

Chuck Berry performing in 1986 in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

It was at his high school’s student musical performance, when the blues was well-liked but not considered appropriate for such an event,” said the site.

Despite this, Berry received “thunderous applause” for his performance — and decided he should pursue a career on stage, according to reports.

After this, Berry took guitar lessons and developed a musical style that was fairly unique for the time period, his website says.

“In 1952, he began playing guitar and singing in a club band whose song list ranged from blues to ballads to calypso to country,” says his website. 

“Berry was becoming an accomplished showman, incorporating gestures and facial expressions to go with the lyrics.”

Chuck Berry was known for his on-stage antics, such as his signature "duck walk" while playing the guitar.

In 1957, he released his debut album, “After School Session,” with the Chess Records label.

He would go on to release an additional 18 albums during his lifetime. 

Among Berry’s biggest hits: “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” 

Those three songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, 1990 and 1988, respectively. 

Berry was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 26th Grammy Awards in 1984, notes his website.

Chuck Berry, shown performing in 2007, died on March 18, 2017. He was 90 years old.

Two years later, in 1986, Berry was the first-ever inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Berry’s lengthy career, however, was not without controversy and legal woes. 

In 1959, he was arrested and charged with violating the Mann Act after it was found he transported a 14-year-old girl from Mexico to St. Louis to work in his nightclub, notes the History Channel. 

Berry was convicted in 1960. He spent 20 months in federal prison. 

A Federal Appeals Court ordered a retrial after it was found the judge had a history of disparaging racial remarks, and Berry was once again convicted of Mann Act violations in 1961, says

In 1979, Berry was sentenced to four months in jail and 1,000 community service hours after he was found guilty of tax evasion, according to

Disc jockey and record producer Art Laboe is seen here with Chuck Berry in 1975. 

In 1990, police raided his estate and discovered a trove of pornographic material, including videos that appeared to be of minors.

Berry was charged with child abuse, although the charges were later dropped, according to UPI. 

Four years later, Berry settled a class-action suit for $830,000. 

The suit was filed by 59 women who said they were videotaped without their knowledge while using the bathroom at Southern Air, a restaurant owned by Berry, says website

Berry paid an additional $310,000 to another employee of the restaurant who was videotaped without her consent while using the bathroom, that website notes.

Berry’s 20th studio album, titled “Chuck,” was released posthumously on June 9, 2017. 

Christine Rousselle is a lifestyle reporter with Fox News Digital.

Editor says …Sterling Publishing & Media Service Agency is not responsible for the content of external site or from any reports, posts or links, and can also be found here on Telegram: and thanks for following as always appreciate every like, reblog or retweet and comment thank you


By ace101

Ace Worldwide News Group working with Kindness & Wisdom in perfect harmony to provide help and guidance through news & views and the truth to people in need Amen

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.