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Old 03-18-17, 05:08 PM
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rip chuck berry

dude sure could play guitar
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dude sure could play guitar


Like ringing a bell..........damn........... RIP Chuck Berry.
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That's a shame. He was a true Pioneer.
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was he the creature of rock music? he sure had to be one of the first
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was he the creature of rock music? he sure had to be one of the first
Do you mean "creator"?
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Do you mean "creator"?
yeah lol
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Chuck Berry was the true King of Rock and Roll. His music is deceptively simple sounding and much more difficult to play like he did than most musicians realize until they try. He had big, strong hands, like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, which enabled him to play with a clear, bell-like ringing tone and confident bends and vibratos on a hollow body guitar with fairly heavy gauge strings and nary a rattle or unintentional muted string.

But the real secret to his playing -- which Chuck revealed in his 60s -- was that he didn't try to play guitar. He tried to make his guitar sound like a saxophone, horns or piano. Listen to his guitar phrasing, compare it with the typical horn and piano section backing of that era, and suddenly you experience this epiphany.

He was also mercurial, moody, often angry, sarcastic and difficult to work with, along with being brilliantly spontaneous. During his peak -- before he was imprisoned for tax evasion in the mid-70s -- he'd riff and improvise like any jazz musician.

It was a shame he was such a tightwad and cheapskate that he ended up in prison and often gigged with inferior musicians who didn't know his material, because he wouldn't pay to tour with his own band. A better business manager, like Bill Ham, the guru behind ZZ Top, could have made Chuck both financially sound and preserved his artistic integrity.

But Chuck was his own man, a product of his era and culture, and in that context his arrogance and anger seemed righteous and perfectly understandable.

If you haven't seen these before, do watch his 60th birthday concert and work with Keith Richards. Keith put up with a lot of abuse from Chuck to get the best out of him. When you see that concert footage you'll understand the key to the longevity of the Rolling Stones. It's not just Mick Jagger's talent and charisma. It's Keith's tenacity and self-effacing humor when confronted with difficult artistic temperaments.

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Yes, Chuck Berry was outstanding, but always remember he was heavily influenced by the early work of Marty McFly.
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I had an encounter with Chuck Berry as a teenager...maybe 1970-ish. My dad and I had an overnight in D.C. I forget where we were staying but when we went down to breakfast, Chuck Berry was sitting two tables away, by himself, in a dark maroon leather suit. I didn't recognize him but my dad did. We exchanged nods and went about our day.
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At the time of Chuck's transition to cryonic storage his lawsuit against the galaxy for Johnny B. Goode space royalties was pending.

Combined with timely investment advice from Marty McFly, Berry is expected to return to 1972 as the wealthiest man in the galaxy and to buy the United States and reassign the IRS to swamp draining duties in Washington DC.
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Saying that those records will last a billion years is naive, especially after seeing how much damage our satellites and ISS receive in such a short time.
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Saying that those records will last a billion years is naive, especially after seeing how much damage our satellites and ISS receive in such a short time.
Interstellar Space has a lot less crap in it than NEO does. In fact, we are slowly working our way to a point where we can't get into orbit because traveling through the debris in NEO would be like taking a shotgun shower.

You were also stepping on a poetic sentiment.
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He was the man. I never did get to see him play unfortunately.

love the groove here


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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
was he the creature of rock music? he sure had to be one of the first
Just one of many.


Some people call this '51 piece the first but it really wasn't.

Rock and Roll was several decades in the making. It just needed a name.

RIP Chuck.
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New Chuck Berry song just released
He had a new album in the works, here's the 1st single released Tuesday that includes Nathaniel Rateliff & his grandson performing - he gets a lot of mileage from some of his signature riffs:

more: http://www.antimusic.com/news/17/Mar...treaming.shtml

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A couple more favorites from the time of Route 66

The old Raton Pass. My uncle crashed a cattle truck on this steep piece of Route 66 in NM.
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We drove I40 from Gallup to Memphis, kind of the closest you can get to 66 these days, I think. I think there was some actual 66 where we pulled over in Tucumcari for some chile verde.

Chuck B was so awesome. Listen to him, and his peers, and people right before him and after him. Ike Turner was like a dinosaur with wings and feathers, but wasn't a bird yet. Chuck created rock & roll, especially as an art form for a teenage demographic that he was about the first person to recognize existed.
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I used to live a few blocks from Amarillo Blvd which was the part of Route 66 that went through the only liqueur-wet county for about a 100 mile radius around it in the Texas Panhandle back then.

All the dance bands had to cover a lot of Berry......Had to! Whether I call him first or not, his was the most common definitive stuff of the genre. If you knew three bar chords to Louie Louie to show some garage band you'd damn well better know something to a Chuck Berry Song.

Early on I had a "best of" compilation album of Chuck and found myself wearing it out binging on it as much if not more than anything I ever listened to. Like they used to say on the old "American Bandstand" show "It has a good beat and you can dance to it."....... If you think of yourself as a purdy dancer that is.

I always had to wonder how come radio stations just didn't keep re-playing Berry's stuff every couple of years instead of the endless rounds of British Bands and cocktail club circuit crooners like Johnny Rivers who made their careers just covering his stuff..........because Chuck's is one of those artists whose original work seems still the best everything considered.

Yeah I also just missed seeing him live. Had some HS friends who caught him opening for the Stones in Dallas and that's close as I ever got.
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Bad month for Chucks...
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post

But the real secret to his playing -- which Chuck revealed in his 60s -- was that he didn't try to play guitar. He tried to make his guitar sound like a saxophone, horns or piano. Listen to his guitar phrasing, compare it with the typical horn and piano section backing of that era, and suddenly you experience this epiphany.
Reminds me of the way James Brown used a brass section as if percussion.......But different. Berry did a lot of Innovative chord work in his guitar leads and the quality of it has always impressed me as subtly brilliant.
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