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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Remembering Chuck Berry 1927 - 2017

Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at age 90, wrote and performed many hit songs, including "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957), "Sweet Little Sixteen" (1958) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958). However, his only #1 single was a 1972 live recording of "My Ding-a-Ling", which was originally written and recorded by Dave Bartholomew in 1952.

Berry was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it opened in 1986. He also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate his life and career.

He appeared as himself to perform "You Can't Catch Me" in the 1956 film, Rock, Rock, Rock!, which also featured disc jockey Alan Freed.

He performed on Dick Clark's Saturday Night Beechnut Show on ABC on February 22, 1958 ("Sweet Little Sixteen"), May 17, 1958 ("School Days") and July 18, 1959 ("Almost Grown", "Back in the U.S.A.").

He and John Lennon performed "Memphis, Tennessee" and "Johnny B. Goode" on The Mike Douglas Show on February 16, 1972.

On September 26, 1973, he was a guest on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Valli and Bobby Vinton.

He was interviewed by Jane Pauley on NBC's Today Show on March 13, 1978.

In 1982, he performed "Rock and Roll Music" with Tina Turner at L.A.'s Roxy Theatre (this concert, Chuck Berry: Live at the Roxy, was taped for HBO).

He was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on November 5, 1987.

He and Little Richard performed at Bill Clinton's Inaugural Ball on January 19, 1993.

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