Saturday Night Solid Gold – Chuck Berry

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10/20/18 – “Chuck Berry” on Saturday Night Solid Gold

It’s “Saturday Night Solid Gold” on 100.9 The Eagle! Every Saturday evening from 6:00-10:00 pm, 100.9 The Eagle features 4 hours of your favorite Classic Hits from the 1960s and ’70s, plus your requests! We call it “Saturday Night Solid Gold” and we think you’ll really enjoy it!  You can call-in your requests (or text them to us) at (806) 350-1009!

In addition to all those great songs from radio’s rock ‘n’ roll heyday, we shine our spotlight on a different featured artist each week.  We’ll play their biggest hits and even some not-so-big ones, and share some information about the artist that you might not know. It’s a LOT of fun, and if you long for the golden age of rock radio, this is the show for you! Solid Gold Classic Hits, the way you remember them, on Saturday Night Solid Gold!

Chuck Berry

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. In my opinion, he’s -THE- most influential artist in the history of rock music. But that’s just me.  With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

No Chuck Berry?  No rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a fact.

Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance while still in High School. Also while still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947. After his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of the blues musician T-Bone Walker, Berry began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio.

No Johnnie Johnson?  No Chuck Berry.  It’s a fact!

Johnson was a piano player, and many rock historians believe that HE came up with that signature “Chuck Berry Riff” that we hear on ‘Johnny B. Goode’, ‘Oh, Carol’ and tons of hits by other artists (lookin’ right at ya, Beach Boys!).

Chuck’s big break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records. With Chess, he recorded “Maybellene”(Berry’s adaptation of the country song “Ida Red”) which sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard magazine’s rhythm and blues chart.  

By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star. He had several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis nightclub, Berry’s Club Bandstand. However, he was sentenced to three years in prison in January 1962 for offenses under the Mann Act. He had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines and was guilty of doing this while Being Black In America.   After his release in 1963, Berry had several more hits, including “No Particular Place to Go,” “You Never Can Tell” and “Nadine“. But these did not achieve the same success, or lasting impact, of his 1950s songs. By the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgic performer. Chuck played his past hits with local backup bands of debatable quality. His insistence on being paid in cash led to a four-month jail sentence in 1979 and community service, for tax evasion.

Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine’s “greatest of all time” lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 and 2011 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry’s: “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,” and “Rock and Roll Music“. Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.

School Days,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Memphis, Tennessee,” “Promised Land,” “Carol,” “Back In the USA,” “Little Queenie,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” and a whole lot more!

TONS of hits! And we’re gonna play all of ’em between 6:00 and 10:00 Saturday night!  Plus,  your requests! Don’t forget to call ’em in or text them to us at (806) 350-1009! It all happens this Saturday evening from 6:00 pm until 10:00 on 100.9 The Eagle!

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