Chuck Berry sang Johnny B. Goode

March 19th, 2017 | by Annie
Chuck Berry sang Johnny B. Goode

One of the greats of rock and roll has left this world.

Chuck Berry’s music was part of life, film and on March 18, 2017 he became part of the afterlife. Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis Missouri on October 18, 1926. Mr. Berry is survived by Themetta “Toddy” Suggs and their four children.


Berry was a singer and songwriter and was part of the group of musical artists who helped pioneer rock and roll’s sound. With hits like “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958) Mr. Berry became a big hit with the kids. Each of these songs followed the universal experiences of young people of the day. Many singers and songwriters captured this sound and saw great success with it including The Beach Boys, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen.

The 1985 film Back to the Future used one of his songs in a memorable scene where Marty McFly takes the stage and sings Johnny B. Goode. The same song was used to great effect a few years earlier in a Volkswagen Rabbit GTI commercial in 1983.

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