Chuck Berry (Memorial)
Paul Horton and CAMA have had the privilege and pleasure of working with the Father of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry for the past 15 years. CAMA brought Mr Berry to South America on various tours as well as world wide engagements. It has been an honor to know and work with Mr Berry for all of these years.
Chuck Berry’s music has transcended generations. He earns respect to this day because he is truly an entertainer. Berry gained success by watching the audience’s reaction and playing accordingly, putting his listeners’ amusement above all else. For this reason, tunes like “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene” and “Memphis” have become anthems to an integrated American youth and popular culture.
Berry is a musical icon who established rock and roll as a musical form and brought the worlds of black and white together in song.
Born in St. Louis on October 18, 1926 Berry had many influences on his life that shaped his musical style. He emulated the smooth vocal clarity of his idol, Nat King Cole, while playing blues songs from bands like Muddy Waters. For his first stage performance, Berry chose to sing a Jay McShann song called “Confessin’ the Blues.”
It was at his high school’s student musical performance, when the blues was well-liked but not considered appropriate for such an event. He got a thunderous applause for his daring choice, and from then on, Berry had to be onstage.