Chuck Berry Greatest Hits Vol 1 (FULL ALBUM) 00:00 Johnny B Good 02:48 Roll Over Beethoven 05:13 Around and Around 07:52 Guitar Boogie 10:12 Maybellene 12:33 Run Rudolph Run 15:17 Bye Bye Johnny 17:23 Carol 20:13 Sweet Little Sixteen 23:15 Rock and Roll Music 25:50 Route 66 28:35 School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell) 31:13 Too Much Monkey Business 34:05 Wee Wee Hours 37:05 Almost Grown 39:25 Worried Life Blues SUBSCRIBE to our Channel and listen to the Best Classics: bit.ly/2vhYDnZ FACEBOOK bit.ly/2hWS6qm GOOGLE+ bit.ly/2yJRRss Considered by many as the "father of rock 'n' roll," Chuck Berry was born Charles Anderson Edward Berry on October 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri. He began singing in the church choir from the age of six. He started guitar lessons soon after, studying with local jazz legend Ira Harris. Berry also grew into something of a troublemaker in high school. He was uninterested in his studies and felt constrained by the strict decorum and discipline. In 1944, at the age of 17, Berry and two friends dropped out of high school and set off on an impromptu road trip to California. They had gone no farther than Kansas City when decided to go on a robbing spree. Berry served three years in the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men outside of Jefferson, Missouri, before gaining release on good behavior on October 18, 1947, which was his 21st birthday. In 1948, Berry married Themetta "Toddy" Suggs, with whom he would eventually have four children. In the mid-1950s, Berry began taking road trips to Chicago, the Midwest capital of black music, in search of a record contract. Early in 1955, he met the legendary blues musician Muddy Waters, who suggested that Berry go meet with Chess Records. A few weeks later, Berry wrote and recorded a song called "Maybellene" and took it to the executives at Chess. They immediately offered him a contract; within months, "Maybellene" had reached No. 1 on the R&B charts and No. 5 on the pop charts. With its unique blend of a rhythm and blues beat, country guitar licks and the flavor of Chicago blues and narrative storytelling, many music historians consider "Maybellene" the first true rock 'n' roll song. Berry quickly followed with a slew of other unique singles that continued to carve out the new genre of rock 'n' roll: "Roll Over, Beethoven," "Too Much Monkey Business" and "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man," among others. Berry managed to achieve crossover appeal with white youths without alienating his black fans by mixing blues and R&B sounds with storytelling that spoke to the universal themes of youth. In the late 1950s, songs such as "Johnny B. Goode," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Carol" all managed to crack the Top 10 of the pop charts by achieving equal popularity with youths on both sides of the racial divide. In 1958, Berry had opened Club Bandstand in the predominantly white business district of downtown St. Louis. The next year, while traveling in Mexico, he had met a 14-year-old waitress—and sometimes prostitute—and brought her back to St. Louis to work at his club. However, he fired her only weeks later, and when she was then arrested for prostitution, charges were pressed against Berry that ended with him spending yet another 20 months in jail. When Berry was released from prison in 1963, he picked up right where he left off, writing and recording popular and innovative songs, but was never the same man after his second stint in prison. Berry released one of his last albums of original music, Rock It, to fairly positive reviews in 1979. Berry still remains one of the genre's most influential musicians. Berry died on March 18, 2017 at the age of 90. He is remembered as a founding father of rock 'n' roll, whose pioneering career influenced generations of musicians. Gods of Music - Sound Without Time! Soul - Jazz - Blues - Funk - Pop Listen to the Best Music of: Etta James, Billie Holiday, Bill Evans, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Muddy Waters, Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, James Brown, Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley, Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Edith Piaf, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Parker, Lightnin' Hopkins, B.B. King, Thelonious Monk, Howlin' Wolf, Quincy Jones, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Paul Anka, John Coltrane, John Lee Hooker, Coleman Hawkins, Robert Johnson, Dean Martin, Oscar Peterson, George Gershwin, Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams, Benny Goodman, Art Tatum, Joe Turner, Bing Crosby, Dave Brubeck, Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino, Marvin Gaye, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Tony Bennett... and many others!