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Chuck Berry
Topic Started: Mar 19 2017, 10:38 AM (201 Views)
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Rock's greatest songwriter and most important guitarist, and he appeared in a handful of films, including Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!, American Hot Wax, and Mister Rock and Roll.

I can't imagine how much poorer the last sixty years would've been without his music and his influence.

From Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)
"I'm glad that this question came up, because there are so many ways to answer it that one of them is bound to be right." - Robert Benchley
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Frank Hale
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Great clip, LG.

I had an older brother who, as I remember, had some of Chuck's early tracks on 78's. And Lord knows those old rock 'n' roll pix played on WABC ad nauseum back in the late 50's and early 60's.

Not being a rocker, I'm a bit surprised there has been no earlier response on this. I would have thought it would have touched a lot of nerves. But I'm here to serve when needed.
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JazzGuyy
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I wrote my thoughts on Mr. Berry some time back here: http://s13.zetaboards.com/In_The_Balcony/topic/7179482/

Gravy didn't care for what I wrote because he thought I was putting Berry down. I think he misunderstood what I was saying so I'll leave it at that.

As far as Berry being the most important guitarist in rock 'n' roll, I have my doubts. He was certainly the most influential but I believe the most important guitarists were probably mostly uncredited studio musicians who came up with licks that everybody stole or at least imitated. Yes, guitarists also did this with Berry's licks but there wasn't enough range in those to cover all the areas of rock 'n' roll.
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