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Living legend Chuck Berry in Moscow again

January 9 2007

Very soon, the famous American composer, guitarist and singer, one of the pioneers of rock 'n' Roll Chuck Berry will perform in Moscow.

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born in the black quarter St. Louis October 18, 1926. Already a teenager, he had to serve a half years in prison for attempted robbery. Finished with a dark past, he joined the automotive plant, and soon graduated from hairdressing course. Throwing hairdressing, Chuck has focused on his hobby - playing the guitar. Speaking on the club in St. Louis, by 1955 the musician was ripe to try his luck in the capital of rhythm and blues of Chicago.

There he met Muddy Waters. Introducing the largest gift from Chuck bluesmen road in life. Soon the firm "Chess" released their first album, Maybellene, a song Maybellene and Wee Wee Hours were his first business card. Songs bold Berry differed, striking melodies and witty verse. In 1956 he began to give big solo concerts. With virtuosic guitar playing and uninhibited demeanor on stage quickly came to him success.

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Corporate number musician became famous "duck walk": a passage across the stage on bent legs with his guitar at the ready. Thirty years later, this manner of execution has taken over the group AC / DC.

By the end of 1950 Chuck released all the major hits that have become classics of rock music: Rock'n'Roll Music, Sweet Little Sixteen, Johnny B. Goode, Memphis. Among the other famous tracks Havana Moon, No Money Down, Tulane, My Ding-A-Ling and wonderful You Never Can Tell. Recorded in 1964 the song became popular again in the mid 90's by Quentin Tarntino "Pulp Fiction".

Unfortunately, the rapid rise of "barber" to fame in the early 60's ended with a rout. In 1962, Berry for the second time in his life was behind bars. Will be released in 1964, he discovered that fell from the world of music - almost forgot about it. Became fashionable quite different rhythms and melodies, more aggressive and straightforward.

Revival occurred only in 1967 in one of the gala concerts in San Francisco, the audience again saw "duck walk". In 1972 he took a triumphant speech in Las Vegas, touring in England, etc. Up until 1990, Berry went on to great success performing around the world.

Many rock-fighters Chuck Berry became really popular only in the performance of other musicians. In this case all forget who the author of these hits. Sing Rolling Stones Little Queenie, Carol, Come On, Bye Bye Jonny, You Can't Catch Me, Im Talking About You and Around & Around.

Beatles played Rock'n'roll Music, Roll Over Beethoven, Yardbirds - Too Much Monkey Business, Animals - Let It Rock and I Got To Find My Baby.

We can therefore say that the songs of Chuck Berry knew almost everything, even those who never heard the name. Chuck has twice visited Russia in 1997 and 2003. At this time, "dinosaur" Rock and Roll will perform in the new club "B1" (not to be confused with the "B2") on January 17.

Vitvitskiy Alex


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