Chuck Berry

Maybellene
#5 in 1955

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. His father was a contractor and a deacon of a nearby Baptist church, his mother a qualified principal. In 1944, before he could graduate, he was arrested and convicted of armed robbery after taking a joy ride with his friends to Kansas City, Missouri. He was sentenced to prison and released in 1947. In May 1955, Berry traveled to Chicago where he met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records. An old country and western recording by Bob Wills, entitled "Ida Red" got Chess's attention, so on May 21, 1955, Chuck Berry recorded Ida Red renamed Maybellene. Berry was convicted of the Mann Act in December 1959 and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. In 1979 Berry pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to four months imprisonment and 1,000 hours of community service. He presently lives in Wentzville Missouri, approximately 30 mi. west of St. Louis
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