Ann Powers. Chuck Berry on stage in London in Berry died March 18, , at the age of When Chuck Berry died last week, the music-loving world rose to acknowledge his status as, in Bob Dylan's words, the Shakespeare of rock and roll.
Charles Edward Anderson Berry October 18, — March 18, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Nicknamed the " Father of Rock and Roll ", Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive with songs such as " Maybellene " , " Roll Over Beethoven " , " Rock and Roll Music " and " Johnny B. Goode " Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis , Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from to
A scene from the documentary 'Streetlight Harmonies. Doo-wop could be swoony and romantic, playful and mischievous. Those harmony groups also had their share of troubles involving racism, drug addiction, and music business manipulation. One of the key figures in the development of the music was a woman.
Great music and great film go better together than popcorn and butter. And though not every movie on our soundtrack list is plucked from the critically acclaimed film canon, each and every one of the following soundtracks is something to be admired, enjoyed, and celebrated. Watch and Listen.