They call Elvis Presley the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll; somehow, Chuck Berry’s honorary title, the Crown Prince of Rock ‘n’ Roll, seems inadequate. Berry attained preeminence at the same time Elvis did in the mid-1950s, but his gifts were many— he excelled as singer, songwriter, guitarist, and showman. His sly, funny, much-covered compositions, which established rock’s teen template for all time, are the basic curriculum of the music. His guitar licks are as critical a foundation as the C chord. And before Michael Jackson’s moon walk came Berry’s duck walk. In truth, rock ‘n’ roll starts here.
Charles Edward Anderson Berry’s life began without great promise. He was... Read More