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Who is the man who inspired The Beatles and The Rolling Stones?

Chuck Berry, who was passionate about jazz as a child, was an artist who managed to fight his destiny to become from a simple barber a new style of music – rock and roll.
Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born on October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, a city in the US state of Missouri.
He was the third of six children of a middle-class American family. His father worked as a seasonal worker and his mother was a teacher in a local school.
In adolescence, attracted by the music, the young “Chuck” Berry studied at Sumner High School in St. Louis, a school whose courses were attended by Tina Turner and Bobby McFerrin.
Under the appearance of a studious young man, the young musician was not spared some unpleasant incidents, which, in 1944, in Kansas City, brought the first arrest – for car theft under threat of firearms. He was transferred to juvie in Missouri.
He worked for a time as a barber, was married and became father. Their monthly earnings were made when he played guitar in various clubs until he was noticed by Muddy Waters.
At that time, he was nicknamed “Crazy Legs” – for the game’s feet on stage.
In 1955, he recorded his first single, “Maybellene”, which had a phenomenal success and was beneficial for him for a period of 10 years.
Chuck Berry recorded songs like “Thirty Days”, “No Money Down” and “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), continuing with the singles “School Days” and “Rock and Roll Music” in 1967, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, “Carol” and “Johnny B. Goode” in 1958 “Little Queenie”, “Memphis Tennessee” and “Back in the USA “in 1959.
In the late 1950s, his success was huge. Songs were broadcast on radio and managed to capture the interest of teenagers – parties, flirt, cars, school – becoming a true hero to young white Americans who were fascinated by rock and roll.
But his career was restrained by a conviction in 1961 and a period of two years in prison following by a scandal of manners. After his release, it went through a difficult time, while his classic songs began to be taken by European groups such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
He continued to appear occasionally on the front pages of newspapers because of its problems with justice and began to withdraw from the spotlight, little by little, continuing to gigs.
At the age of 90 years, Chuck Berry once again surprised the music industry – and fans – by announcing that he will launch in 2017 a new studio album. The name of the disc, the first after a break of 38 years, was called “Chuck”. It is dedicated to the artist’s wife, Themetta “Toddy” Berry, with whom he was married for 68 years.

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