Chuck Berry

Like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry's music bridged the gap between R&B/blues and country music, but unlike his contemporary, Berry brought lyrical brilliance and guitar brilliance to the new genre known as rock and roll ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Music (81)

Love & Mercy 2015 (Movie)

("Surfin' U.S.A") (Song)

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks 2014 (Movie)

("Surfin' USA") (Song)

Blood: The Last Vampire 2009 (Movie)

("You Never Can Tell") (Song)

Blood: The Last Vampire 2009 (Movie)

("You Never Can Tell") (Song Performer)

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

("You Never Can Tell") (Song)

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

("You Never Can Tell") (Song Performer)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

("Route 66") (Song Performer)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

("Surfin' U.S.A.") (Song)

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

("All Aboard") (Song)

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Song

Snow Dogs 2002 (Movie)

(Song)

Snow Dogs 2002 (Movie)

("No Particular Place to Go") (Song Performer)

The Santa Clause 2 2002 (Movie)

("Run Rudolph Run") (Song Performer)

Cast Away 2000 (Movie)

("Run Rudolph Run") (Song Performer)

Le Secret 2000 (Movie)

("You Never Can Tell") (Song Performer)

Limbo 1999 (Movie)

("You Never Can Tell (AKA 'C'est La Vie')") (Song)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

("Surfin' USA") (Song)

Home Alone 3 1997 (Movie)

("Almost Grown" "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)") (Song Performer)

Home Alone 3 1997 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

("The Promised Land") (Song)

Jingle All the Way 1996 (Movie)

("Run Rudolph Run") (Song Performer)

Jimi 1995 (Movie)

("Johnny Be Good") (Song)

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

("You Never Can Tell") (Song)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

("You Never Can Tell") (Song Performer)

Beethoven's 2nd 1993 (Movie)

("Roll Over Beethoven") (Song)

Beethoven 1992 (Movie)

("Roll Over Beethoven") (Song)

City of Joy 1992 (Movie)

("Sweet Little Sixteen") (Song)

Book of Love 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Book of Love 1991 (Movie)

("School Days") (Song Performer)

Downtown 1990 (Movie)

("Surfin' USA") (Song)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

("Surfin' USA") (Song)

High Hopes 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

High Hopes 1989 (Movie)

("Brown Eyed Hansome Man") (Song Performer)

Young Einstein 1989 (Movie)

("Rock and Roll Music") (Song)

Johnny Be Good 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

Johnny Be Good 1988 (Movie)

("Johnny B Goode") (Song Performer)

The Rescue 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

The Rescue 1988 (Movie)

("Sweet Little Sixteen") (Song Performer)

La Bamba 1987 (Movie)

("Betty Jean") (Song Performer)

Man on Fire 1987 (Movie)

("Johnny Be Goode") (Song)

Slate, Wyn & Me 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Slate, Wyn & Me 1987 (Movie)

("No Particular Place to Go") (Song Performer)

Concrete Angels 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Concrete Angels 1986 (Movie)

("Johnny B Goode") (Song Performer)

The 1985 Miss America Pageant 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Song

The Great Wall Is a Great Wall 1986 (Movie)

("Johnny B Goode") (Song)

Back to the Future 1985 (Movie)

("Johnny B Goode") (Song)

Surf II 1984 (Movie)

("Surfin' USA") (Song)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

("Surfin' USA") (Song)

One Deadly Summer 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

One Deadly Summer 1983 (Movie)

("Johnny B Goode") (Song Performer)

Porky's II: The Next Day 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Porky's II: The Next Day 1983 (Movie)

("School Days") (Song Performer)

Diner 1982 (Movie)

("Merry Christmas Baby") (Song Performer)

Missing 1982 (Movie)

(Song)

Missing 1982 (Movie)

("My Ding-a-Ling") (Song Performer)

National Lampoon's Class Reunion 1982 (Movie)

(Song)

National Lampoon's Class Reunion 1982 (Movie)

("It Wasn't Me" "My Dingaling" "Festival") (Song Performer)

Roman Zair 1982 (Movie)

(Song)

Roman Zair 1982 (Movie)

("Sweet Little Sixteen" "Maybelline") (Song Performer)

Party, Party 1981 (Movie)

("Run Rudolph Run") (Song)

Porky's 1981 (Movie)

(Song)

Porky's 1981 (Movie)

("Maybelline") (Song Performer)

This Is Elvis 1981 (Movie)

("Too Much Monkey Business" "The Promised Land") (Song)

Shifshuf Naim 1980 (Movie)

(Song)

Shifshuf Naim 1980 (Movie)

("Johnny B Goode") (Song Performer)

Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 (Movie)

(Song)

Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 (Movie)

("School Days") (Song Performer)

Rust Never Sleeps 1978 (Movie)

(Song)

Rust Never Sleeps 1978 (Movie)

("School Days") (Song Performer)

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle 1978 (Movie)

("Johnny B Goode") (Song)

Cruisin' 1976 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Cruisin' 1976 (Movie)

("No Particular Place to Go" "Road Runner") (Song Performer)

Sweet Toronto 1971 (Movie)

(Performer)

Summer in the City 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Go, Johnny, Go! 1958 (Movie)

(Song)

Go, Johnny, Go! 1958 (Movie)

("Go Johnny Go" "Memphis Tennessee" "Little Queenie") (Song Performer)
Actor (22)

Christmas in Washington 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet Hollywood Comes Home 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sid & Marty Krofft's Redeye Express 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

National Lampoon's Class Reunion 1982 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Wolfman Jack Radio Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

American Hot Wax 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

Let the Good Times Roll 1972 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The London Rock and Roll Show 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sweet Toronto 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

T.A.M.I. Show 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

Go, Johnny, Go! 1958 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jazz on a Summer's Day 1958 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mister Rock and Roll 1957 (Movie)

(Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Quest For the Ring 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Photography
Producer (1)

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! 1987 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

Like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry's music bridged the gap between R&B/blues and country music, but unlike his contemporary, Berry brought lyrical brilliance and guitar brilliance to the new genre known as rock and roll. Virtually any musician who played guitar in a rock band owed a debt to Berry, whether for his stinging licks, brash stage presence, or unwavering faith in the redeeming power of the beat. His greatest songs, which included "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode" and "Rock and Roll Music," inspired generations of future legends to spread his word. Artists ranging from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen and everyone in between praised his talents, with John Lennon going so far as to say that Berry's name was synonymous with the term "rock and roll" itself. And if Berry's life saw more down periods than up over the course of his five-decade career, he could take consolation in the fact that he had been an integral part of a movement that forever changed the world with two chords and a 4/4 beat.

Milestones

2004

Ranked No. 5 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The Immortals – The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time"

2000

Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors

1987

Taylor Hackford's documentary film "Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" chronicled two concerts in celebration of Berry's 60th birthday; performers included Eric Clapton, Etta James, and Berry himself

1986

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during its inaugural event

1984

Received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

1972

Wrote and recorded the novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling," his only track to reach No. 1 in the U.S.

1969

Returned to Chess Records

1967

First live album, Live at Fillmore Auditorium; released by Mercury Records

1964

Landed back in the Top 20 with the hits "No Particular Place to Go" and "You Never Can Tell"

1961

Opened his amusement park in Wentzville, MO called Berry Park

1959

Co-starred with Alan Freed in the musical feature "Go, Johnny, Go!"

1957

Took part in Alan Freed's "Biggest Show of Stars for 1957" U.S. tour with the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and more

1957

Scored Top 10 hits in the U.S. with his songs "School Days," "Rock and Roll Music," "Sweet Little Sixteen," and "Johnny B. Goode"

1956

Released the hit single "Roll Over Beethoven"

1955

With Johnson, recorded the single "Maybellene," a cover of old Western swing track "Ida Red"; released by Chess Records

1954

Began performing with local pianist Johnnie Johnson and his trio in St. Louis, MO

Popular songs include "You Never Can Tell" and "Johnny B. Goode".

Bonus Trivia

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Berry was sued in 1990 by several women who alleged the singer installed a video camera in the ladies' bathroom at The Southern Air, his restaurant located in Wentzville, MO. He claimed the camera was installed to catch an employee suspected of stealing from the restaurant. Berry was not found guilty in court, but reportedly settled a class action lawsuit with 59 women.

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In November 2000, Berry's former pianist Johnnie Johnson sued him, claiming that he co-wrote over 50 of the artist's hits – including "No Particular Place to Go," "Sweet Little Sixteen," and "Roll Over Beethoven" – without receiving any credit. A judge ruled that too much time had passed since the songs were written and the case was eventually dismissed.

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