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Chuck Berry (1926-) is one of the most influential figures in all of rock-and-roll. An unofficial Internet history of rock'n'roll reminds us that although rock-and-roll is mostly associated with parties and good times, its roots include the tragedy of human slavery. Elvis Presley may always be known as the King of rock'n'roll, But it is Chuck Berry, often referred to as the Father of Rock'n'Roll who best represents this uniquely American musical tradition.
Chuck Berry's musical catalog is impressive. One Dozen Berrys, his second album, is a good place to sample his early work.
Classic Chuck Berry performances show his signature live stage presence: