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#1 essexbasscat

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:19 AM

There's so much to be said about Chuck Berry and an RIP thread where people pay their respects to the man perhaps isn't the best place, so here's a thread for discussion of the man and his influence on music

Whatever people say about the way he lived his life, I've no doubt that music wouldn't be what it is today without Chuck Berry. Rock and Roll just wouldn't be what it is without him.

Without a doubt, the song I've played most often on stage is Johnny B Goode, everyone knows it.

Later edit; Chuck's songs have been on my mind all day. This is one I won't forget

A truly sad day

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Edited by essexbasscat, 19 March 2017 - 06:47 PM.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:23 AM

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:10 AM

One of the things that gets me when these greats go is it isn't the degree of complexity that they produce it's how eloquent they are. Who comes up with 'It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well'? What an insight in one line.

The other is just how fertile their influence is, when they inspire other people. Prince/ Bowie/ Chuck can spawn whole sub genres where rafts of intelligent people create all sorts of incredible music, in chuck's case off pretty much one kind of song. I think it's that ability to have clarity, and be so articulate to say so much with so little, both musically and lyrically I admire the most.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:53 AM

A true originator, it's not overstating it to say that Chuck Berry sowed the seed from which all guitar-based rock & pop has grown.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:59 AM

View PostBassassin, on 19 March 2017 - 11:53 AM, said:

A true originator, it's not overstating it to say that Chuck Berry sowed the seed from which all guitar-based rock & pop has grown.

Well said.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:04 PM

I have to say I wasn't aware that he was still alive, but agree that he did make a huge contribution to pop and rock music as we know it.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:22 PM

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:36 PM

Chuck Berry was one of the most influential songwriters and performers of the 20th Century. He's up there with Lennon McCartney, Dylan, Lou Reed and the rest.

Those who think they haven't been influenced by him had better check out their heroes. The 6 Degrees of Separation theory certainly applies here.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:54 PM

View Postchris_b, on 19 March 2017 - 12:36 PM, said:

Chuck Berry was one of the most influential songwriters and performers of the 20th Century. He's up there with Lennon McCartney, Dylan, Lou Reed and the rest.

Those who think they haven't been influenced by him had better check out their heroes. The 6 Degrees of Separation theory certainly applies here.

Absolutely spot on, Chris.

We've had the Greatest Hits CD on this morning, and his songs are like 3 minute works of art; perfect from start to finish.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:41 PM

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Absolutely spot on, Chris.

We've had the Greatest Hits CD on this morning, and his songs are like 3 minute works of art; perfect from start to finish.

Ignoring my ding a ling.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:53 PM

Cash up front, got to agree with the man.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 03:22 PM

View Postambient, on 19 March 2017 - 01:41 PM, said:



Ignoring my ding a ling.

True :D

But theres always an exception that proves every rule..
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:50 PM

Thing about Chuck, he took some of T-Bone Walker's guitar and Guitar Slim's stage show and married them to pin-sharp lyrics that ordinary kids could relate to.

Chuck wrote songs about girls, cars, girls in cars and mundane setbacks elevated to a comic plane. Along with contemporaries Leiber and Stoller he wrote the dictionary of Rock, dragging the infant art form away from the often pseudo-poetic lyrics which dominated popular music at the time.

His writer's ear as much as his swaggering boogie will be his legacy. There's only so many times one can play a Chuck Berry intro but his words never stale.

Wailing down the freeway, testing out the cruisin' power;
State trooper trailing, clocked it ninety miles an hour
It was'n me, Sheriff; M'mm, Sheriff, it was'n me
Ah! It must have been some other body, uh uh, Sheriff, it was'n me


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:12 PM

No Particular Place To Go. . . . played today as the encore. I loved every second.

Also this week sees the 50th anniversary of Purple Haze. So we played Fire. Close enough!
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:08 AM

View Postchris_b, on 19 March 2017 - 11:12 PM, said:

No Particular Place To Go. . . . played today as the encore. I loved every second.

Also this week sees the 50th anniversary of Purple Haze. So we played Fire. Close enough!

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:22 AM

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:45 AM

View Postskankdelvar, on 19 March 2017 - 05:50 PM, said:

Thing about Chuck, he took some of T-Bone Walker's guitar and Guitar Slim's stage show and married them to pin-sharp lyrics that ordinary kids could relate to.

Chuck wrote songs about girls, cars, girls in cars and mundane setbacks elevated to a comic plane. Along with contemporaries Leiber and Stoller he wrote the dictionary of Rock, dragging the infant art form away from the often pseudo-poetic lyrics which dominated popular music at the time.

His writer's ear as much as his swaggering boogie will be his legacy. There's only so many times one can play a Chuck Berry intro but his words never stale.

Wailing down the freeway, testing out the cruisin' power;
State trooper trailing, clocked it ninety miles an hour
It was'n me, Sheriff; M'mm, Sheriff, it was'n me
Ah! It must have been some other body, uh uh, Sheriff, it was'n me


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:43 PM

View PostBbiigg Kev, on 19 March 2017 - 01:53 PM, said:

Cash up front, got to agree with the man.

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Caught the end of an item on BBC Radio H&W this morning. The Rocking Berry's Chuck ( Botfield ?) told of a gig at Barbarella's in Brum, the audience wanted an encore from Chuck Berry, Chuck Berry wanted an additional $1000
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:58 PM

Posted ImageBbiigg Kev, on 19 March 2017 - 02:53 PM, said:

Cash up front, got to agree with the man.

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Caught the end of an item on BBC Radio H&W this morning. The Rocking Berry's Chuck ( Botfield ?) told of a gig at Barbarella's in Brum, the audience wanted an encore from Chuck Berry, Chuck Berry wanted an additional $1000

Yes he was a legend alright and as I said cash up front is the way to go, he was renowned for this, having, as many of us have been, shafted in the past.

I saw him live in the USA but never met him but I did meet people who did know him and I was told that he was asked to perform for a charity event in the US, it was taken into account that the charity takings would be minus his payment performance fee but he turned up and did a great set, got his fee to keep up his reputation but after the gig he made a donation for that exact amount to the charity.

That is a fact, he did it and maintained his reputation in the business as the up front payment or no show, and I for one have always agreed with the man.

Edited by Bbiigg Kev, 20 March 2017 - 10:03 PM.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:40 PM

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