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Chu Berry

Biography

Chu Berry was considered among the best tenor saxophonists from the 1930s, just underneath Coleman Hawkins (his primary impact), Lester Teen, and Ben Webster. Especially solid on up-tempo quantities (although his ballad claims could be excessively sentimental), Berry may have become an important force if he previously not passed away prematurely. After playing alto in university, he turned to tenor in 1929 when he became a member of Sammy Stewart’s music group. In 1930, he shifted to NY, using Benny Carter’s music group and Charlie Johnson’s orchestra. He was prominently presented in Spike Hughes’ 1933 documenting classes, was a celebrity with the rings of Teddy Hill (1933-1935) and Fletcher Henderson (1936; to whom he added his music “Christopher Columbus”), and found a long term house with Cab Calloway in 1937. Berry was applied to many classes including along with his friend Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton (a vintage edition of “Sweethearts on Parade”), Teddy Wilson, and Calloway (his edition of “Ghost of the Opportunity” became well-known); furthermore he led several his own good times. Chu Berry passed away from the consequences of an automobile crash when he was simply 31.

Quick Facts


Full Name Chu Berry
Died October 30, 1941, Conneaut, Ohio, United States
Nationality American
Music Songs Penguin Swing, Chuberry Jam, Monday at Minton's, Sittin' In, My Secret Love Affair, Forty Six West Fifty Two, Now You're Talking My Language, Ebb Tide, Blowin' Up a Breeze, Indiana, Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You, I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music, Chu Berry - Stardust, Three Swings and Out, Roman Guitar Tango, Farewell Blues, Casey Jones, Wizzin' the Wizz, Shufflin' at the Hollywood, 46 West 52, I've Been Working On The Railroad, Jumpy Nerves, Dream Girl, Pt. 2, Bugle Blues, In the Barrel, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Sugar Foot Stomp, Take Me Out To the Ball Game, Cinema Fanfare, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Keep the Rhythm Going, The Sorcerer Tango
Albums Little Jazz Ensemble, Tenor Giants, Jazz Legends: Chu Berry, Tops on Tenor, Giant Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, Vol. 1, Calling All Bars, Giant Wurlitzer Pipe Organ Vol 4, Sunset, Famous Hits by Chu Berry, Chu Berry's My Secret Love Affair, Chew, Choo, Chu & Co, At the Giant Wurlitzer, Vol. 3 (Stereo Version), Giant Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, Vol. 3, Hot Air, Chu Berry (Doxy Collection), Jazz & Blues Chu Berry, Don Byass & Lucky Thompson, Giant Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, Remastered Collection (feat. Gene Krupa / Wingy Manone / Lionel Hampton) [All Tracks Remastered 2016], Merry-Go-Round & Circus Calliope Organ, Blowing Up a Breeze, Classic Chu Berry Columbia and Victor Sessions, Berry Story, The Dean of the Roller Rink Rock, Leon “Chu” Berry Vol. 2 (1939-41), Leon Berry Giant Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, Best of Vol. 2, Chu Berry Selected Favorites, Immortal Swing Sessions 1938/1943, Chu, Complete Jazz Series 1937 - 1941, Beyond Patina Jazz Masters: Chu Berry, Big Hit Collection, Maelstrom (Mono Version), The Greatest Hits of Leon 'Chew' Berry and Wingy Manone, Leon “Chu” Berry Vol. 1 (1937-38), Love Caught, Penguin Swing, The Mega Collection, Classy Jazz Collection: Chu Berry, The Indispensable Chu Berry, A Bouquet Of Hits, Jazz Giants: Chu Berry, The One and Only: Chu Berry, Chu Berry, Cab Calloway & His Orchestra, Classy Jazz Collection: Cab Calloway, Vol. 5, The Chronological Classics: Chu Berry 1937-1941, Swing Time- The World's Greatest Jazz Collection (1933-1957), Vol. 3, Chu Berry: Bugle Blues, Leon "Chu" Berry And The Calloway Years, Swing Time - The Encyclopedia of Jazz, Vol. 2, Leon Berry at the Hub Rink Wurlitzer- His First and Rarest Recordings!, Vol. 1, Sittin' In


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#Fact
1 Is mentioned in the song "I Hear You Knocking" by Dave Edmunds.
2 He owns a warehouse full of old Cadillacs, one from every three or four model-years, all the way back to the mid-1950s, which he claims to be trying to get rid of, but says that nobody will give him a fair price, so he just stores them away.
3 Has served three jail terms--for armed robbery in 1944, for violation of the Mann Act in 1959 and for income-tax evasion in 1979. He served two years in the state penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, and was released in February 1964.
4 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1777 North Vine Street in Hollywood.
5 He made his national television debut on November 8, 1957 on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) performing "Rock and Roll Music" twice in a row, by demand of the teenage dancers in the studio.
6 Born to a contractor and deacon of a Baptist church and his wife, a qualified principal, he was the third of six children.
7 Performs on a Wednesday each month at Blueberry Hill, a restaurant in the Delmar Loop neighborhood in St. Louis.
8 In Stephen King's novel "Christine", many chapters open with lyric fragments from his songs.
9 Is mentioned in "Chuck Berry Fields Forever" by Gilberto Gil, "Chuck Berry" by The Toasters and "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" by Bob Seger.
10 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (charter member) and the American Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986.
11 Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1985 and the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1989.
12 On June 1, 1979, President Jimmy Carter asked him to perform at the White House.
13 Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1982.
14 Whenever he performs live, he always picks a venue which is near an Indian restaurant, so he can have a meal straight after the show. When he was at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall in the 1990s, the stage door was directly opposite the front door of the Mogul-E-Azam, so he was able to sneak out the stage door, across the alley and have his meal without traveling too far (one of the roadies on duty that night let slip about the restaurant information).
15 One of his daughters, Aloha, went to the same high school (University City Senior High School) as actor Edgar L. Davis and rapper Nelly.
16 His only #1 hit was his controversial novelty song "My Ding a Ling".
17 He was voted the 5th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
18 He was arguably the most important figure in rock-n-roll in the 1950s, besides Elvis Presley. Although Presley had much more explosive record sales and greater commercial longevity, Berry was equally influential and had the satisfaction of knowing that he, unlike Presley, had written all of his own classics.
19 He worked as a janitor, carpenter and hairdresser.
20 He originally wanted to be a professional photographer and started singing and playing in a band to buy cameras and photography equipment. Some of his photographs of the famous and near-famous are hanging in galleries around the world today.
21 Received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984.
22 Received a John F. Kennedy Center Honor in 2000.
23 Father of Ingrid Berry.
24 Born at 6:59am-CST.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Arena TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1985
My American Cousin 1985 writer: "Sweet Little Sixteen"
Teen Wolf 1985 music: "SURFIN' U.S.A."
Back to the Future 1985 writer: "JOHNNY B. GOODE" 1955
Calamari Union 1985 "Maybelline" / arranger: "Maybelline" / lyrics: "Maybelline" / performer: "Maybelline" / writer: "Maybelline"
Mischief 1985 performer: "Sweet Little Sixteen", "School Days" / writer: "Sweet Little Sixteen", "School Days"
The Making of 'Back to the Future' 1985 TV Short documentary writer: "JOHNNY B. GOODE"
Threads 1984 TV Movie performer: "Johnny B. Goode" / writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers 1984 writer: "NADINE"
Top Secret! 1984 "SKEET SURFING"
Surf II 1984 writer: "Surfin' U.S.A."
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary performer: "Maybellene" - uncredited / writer: "Maybellene" - uncredited
Alvin & the Chipmunks 1983 TV Series writer: "Surfin' U.S.A."
Porky's II: The Next Day 1983 performer: "School Days" / writer: "School Days"
Superman III 1983 writer: "Roll Over Beethoven" - uncredited
St. Elsewhere 1983 TV Series 1 episode
Roman Za'ir 1983 performer: "Sweet Little Sixteen" / writer: "Sweet Little Sixteen"
Class Reunion 1982 performer: "It Wasn't Me", "My Dingaling", "Festival" / writer: "It Wasn't Me", "My Dingaling", "Festival"
Things Are Tough All Over 1982 performer: "Johnny B. Goode" / writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
Diner 1982 performer: "Merry Christmas Baby", "Run Rudolph Run"
Missing 1982 performer: "MY DING A LING" 1952 / writer: "MY DING A LING" 1952
Porky's 1981 performer: "Maybelline" / writer: "Maybelline"
Gas 1981 "Back in the USA"
Shifshuf Naim 1981 performer: "Johnny B. Goode" / writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
This Is Elvis 1981 "Too Much Monkey Business", "The Promised Land"
Wicked Schoolgirls 1980 performer: "Hail, Hail Rock & Roll", "Sweet Little Sixteen" - uncredited / writer: "Hail, Hail Rock & Roll", "Sweet Little Sixteen" - uncredited
The Hollywood Knights 1980 music: "Surfing U.S.A."
Pink Lady 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode
WKRP in Cincinnati TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1978 - 1979 performer - 2 episodes, 1979
Birth of the Beatles 1979 writer: "Johnny B. Goode", "Rock and Roll Music"
Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 performer: "School Day Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell" / writer: "School Day Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell"
Electric Light Orchestra: 'Out of the Blue' Tour Live at Wembley 1978 TV Movie writer: "Roll Over Beethoven"
Happy Days 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash 1978 TV Movie writer: "Blue Suede Schubert"
American Hot Wax 1978 performer: "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Reelin' and Rockin'" uncredited, "Roll Over Beethoven" uncredited / writer: "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Reelin' and Rockin'" uncredited, "Roll Over Beethoven" uncredited
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dolly 1976 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Return to Macon County 1975 performer: "Johnny B. Goode"
Reflections of Youth 1975 performer: "School Days" - uncredited / writer: "School Days" - uncredited
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974-1975 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
In Concert 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fun Buns Contest 1975 writer: "Little Queenie" - uncredited
Rock Concert 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Alice in the Cities 1974 performer: "Memphis Tennesse" / writer: "Memphis Tennesse"
Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones 1973 Documentary writer: "Bye Bye Johnny"
The Midnight Special TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1973 writer - 2 episodes, 1973
Die Otto Show 1973 TV Movie writer: "Johnny-Be-Goode"
Jimi Hendrix 1973 Documentary writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
Heavy Traffic 1973 performer: "Maybelline" / writer: "Maybelline"
American Graffiti 1973 writer: "Almost Grown", "Johnnie B. Goode"
Let the Good Times Roll 1973 Documentary performer: "School Days" / writer: "School Days"
The Graham Kennedy Show 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii 1973 TV Special documentary writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
The Swing Thing 1972 performer: "My Ding-a-Ling" - uncredited / writer: "My Ding-a-Ling" - uncredited
The Two Ronnies 1972 TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Pair of Eyes 1972 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Jimi Plays Berkeley 1971 Documentary writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 writer: "Maybelline / No Money Down"
The Johnny Cash Show 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Music Scene TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1969 writer - 1 episode, 1969
Mondo Trasho 1969 performer: "No Particular Place to Go" / writer: "No Particular Place to Go"
48 Stunden bis Acapulco 1967 writer: "The Promised Land"
New American Bandstand 1965 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shivaree 1966 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Beatles 1966 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Shindig! TV Series writer - 22 episodes, 1964 - 1966 performer - 1 episode, 1965
Hollywood a Go Go TV Series writer - 14 episodes, 1965 - 1966 performer - 2 episodes, 1965
Dave's Place 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The T.A.M.I. Show 1964 Documentary performer: "Nadine", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene" / writer: "Nadine", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", "Around and Around", "Surfin' U.S.A."
Get Yourself a College Girl 1964 writer: "Around and Around"
The Ed Sullivan Show 1964 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dick Clark Show TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1959 performer - 2 episodes, 1958 - 1959
Go, Johnny, Go! 1959 performer: "LITTLE QUEENIE", "MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE", "JOHNNY B. GOODE"
Mister Rock and Roll 1957 performer: "Baby Doll" / writer: "Baby Doll"
Rock Rock Rock! 1956 performer: "You Can't Catch Me" / writer: "You Can't Catch Me"
The Big Bang Theory TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Strictly Come Dancing TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2014 - 2016 performer - 1 episode, 2016
Molly 2016 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Vinyl TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Love Records: Anna mulle Lovee 2016 writer: "Fiilaten ja höyläten Reeling And Rocking"
A Christmas Melody 2015 TV Movie performer: "Run, Rudolph, Run"
You, Me and the Apocalypse 2015 TV Series music - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scream: The TV Series 2015 TV Series 1 episode
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC 2015 TV Movie performer: "Roll Over Beethoven" / writer: "Roll Over Beethoven", "No Particular Place To Go"
Whatever Happened to Rock 'n' Roll? 2015 TV Movie performer: "You Can't Catch Me" - uncredited / writer: "You Can't Catch Me" - uncredited
Doctors TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Goedenavond, Dames en Heren TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Guitar Man 2015/I Documentary writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
Waterloo Road 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cilla 2014 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Love & Mercy 2014 writer: "Surfin' U.S.A."
The Sixties TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Ukulele Mania 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Klein gegen Groß - Das unglaubliche Duell 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing on Ice TV Series music - 1 episode, 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Buba Shel Medina 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lenin Tatatino 2013 Short performer: "School Days" / writer: "School Days"
Drift 2013/II performer: "Johnny B. Goode" / writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
The Voice UK 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy 2013 TV Movie documentary music: "Surfin' USA" - uncredited
Gila! 2012 TV Movie lyrics: "Almost Grown" / music: "Almost Grown" / performer: "Almost Grown"
The X Factor Philippines 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dukes of September Live at Lincoln Center 2012 TV Movie documentary writer: "You Never Can Tell"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
New Girl 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Surfin' Bulldog 2011 Video short music: "Surfin' U.S.A." - uncredited
The Roaring 20s: Mick Jagger's Glory Years 2011 Video documentary writer: "Around and Around", "Come On"
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta 2011 TV Movie documentary performer: "Roll Over Beethoven" / writer: "Roll Over Beethoven"
Gerry 2011 writer: "Chu un rocker Reelin' and Rocking"
Dancing Stars 2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Marty Stuart Show 2011 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2011 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 2011 Documentary writer: "Forty Days", "Too Much Monkey Business"
Rock Suomi 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "NADINE", "NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO" / writer: "NADINE", "NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO"
Street Music 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Endless Summer Ukulele 2010 TV Series short music - 1 episode
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Legends 2010 TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright 2009 Video performer: "Roll Over Beethoven", "Johnny B. Goode" / writer: "Roll Over Beethoven", "Sweet Little Rock and Roller', "Johnny B. Goode"
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Queens of Country 2009 Video writer: "Brown Eyed Handsome Man"
Blood: The Last Vampire 2009 performer: "You Never Can Tell" / writer: "You Never Can Tell"
Cadillac Records 2008 writer: "Maybellene", "Nadine Is It You?", "No Particular Place to Go", "Promised Land", "Surfin USA"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
De wereld draait door 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Vito Power 2008 Short writer: "Back in the U.S.A." - uncredited
Ganes 2007 "JOHNNY B. GOODE"
The 4400 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
It Takes Two 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Yhden tähden hotelli 2007 Documentary writer: "Memphis Tennessee"
Dolly Parton & Friends 2007 Video writer: "Brown Eyed Handsome Man"
Midsomer Murders 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chapter 27 2007 performer: "Run Rudolph Run"
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 Documentary writer: "Carol"
Unaccompanied Minors 2006 writer: "All Aboard"
Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 performer: "You Never Can Tell" / writer: "You Never Can Tell"
Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender 2006 Video writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland 2006 Documentary performer: "Promised Land" / writer: "Promised Land"
Aloha from Sweden 2006 Video writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
The Sopranos TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2006
Camping 2006 performer: "Roll over Beethoven" / writer: "Roll over Beethoven"
The Valet 2006 performer: "No particular place to go" 1964 / writer: "No particular place to go" 1964
Cars 2006 performer: "Route 66"
The Shaggy Dog 2006 writer: "Surfin' USA" 1963
Kupetzky 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Família Caipira na Delegacia Maluca 2006 Video short writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
The X Factor 2005 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Wendell Baker Story 2005 writer: "Promised Land"
Gilmore Girls TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Singapore Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dag och natt 2004 performer: "No Particular Place to Go" / writer: "No Particular Place to Go"
SuperStar KZ 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Beach Boys Good Timin' 2003 Video writer: "School Days", "Rock & Roll Music", "Surfin's U.S.A."
Elvis Presley: The Back Story, Vol. 1 2003 Video documentary writer: "Maybelline"
The Blues TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Monsieur Ibrahim 2003 writer: "Sweet Little Sixteen"
Soundstage 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jos sais kerran 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Santa Clause 2 2002 performer: "Run Rudolph Run"
Art That Shook the World 2002 TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
Snow Dogs 2002 performer: "No Particular Place To Go" / writer: "No Particular Place To Go"
Hearts in Atlantis 2001 performer: "Carol" 1958 / writer: "Carol" 1958
Elvis: The Missing Years 2001 Video documentary writer: "Maybellene"
The Shaft 2001 performer: "Come On"
Cast Away 2000 performer: "Run Rudolph Run"
Badding 2000 writer: "Fiilaten ja höyläten" Reelin' and Rockin - as Berry
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary performer: "You Can't Catch Me", "Johnny B. Goode" / writer: "You Can't Catch Me", "Johnny B. Goode"
Le secret 2000 "You Never Can Tell" / performer: "You Never Can Tell"
The Beach Boys: An American Family 2000 TV Mini-Series writer: "SURFIN' USA"
Lakeuden kutsu 2000 writer: "Jället takaasip Pohojammaalle Back In The USA"
38 Special: Live at Sturgis 1999 Video documentary writer: "Back In The U.S.A."
Paul McCartney: Live at the Cavern Club 1999 TV Special writer: "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" - uncredited
Limbo 1999 writer: "You Never Can Tell" a/k/a "C'est La Vie"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy 1998 Video documentary performer: "Rock and Roll Music" - uncredited / writer: "Rock and Roll Music" - uncredited
The Beach Boys: The Lost Concert 1998 Documentary music: "Surfin' USA" - uncredited
Rush Hour 1998 writer: "Surfin' USA"
Pistvakt - en vintersaga 1998 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1994 - 1997 music - 1 episode, 1998
Home Alone 3 1997 performer: "Almost Grown", "School Day Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell" / writer: "Almost Grown", "School Day Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell"
Telling Lies in America 1997 performer: "Almost Grown" / writer: "Almost Grown"
Men in Black 1997 writer: "The Promised Land"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1989-1997 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Zeus and Roxanne 1997 writer: "YOU NEVER CAN TELL" a/k/a "C'EST LA VIE"
El amor perjudica seriamente la salud 1996 writer: "Rock 'n' Roll Music"
Jingle All the Way 1996 performer: "Run Rudolph Run"
The Last Days of Frankie the Fly 1996 performer: "NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO" / writer: "NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO"
De Zeemeerman 1996 writer: "Johnny B. Goode", "School Day Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell, "Roll Over Beethoven", "Memphis Tennessee"
Spy Hard 1996 performer: "You Never Can Tell C'est la vie" / writer: "You Never Can Tell C'est la vie"
Sgt. Bilko 1996 performer: "No Particular Place To Go" / writer: "No Particular Place To Go"
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary writer: "Roll Over Beethoven", "Rock and Roll Music"
One Foot in the Grave TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1995 writer - 1 episode, 1995
Bert 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Baseball TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 1994 writer - 2 episodes, 1994
Pulp Fiction 1994 performer: "You Never Can Tell" / writer: "You Never Can Tell"
Backbeat 1994 writer: "Carol", "Rock and Roll Music"
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music 1993 Documentary performer: "Sweet Little Sixteen" / writer: "Sweet Little Sixteen"
Beethoven's 2nd 1993 writer: "Roll Over Beethoven"
The Innocent 1993 lyrics: "MAYBELLENE" / music: "MAYBELLENE" / performer: "MAYBELLENE"
Married with Children TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
Prime Suspect 2 1992 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Beethoven 1992 writer: "Roll Over Beethoven"
Brides of Christ 1991 TV Mini-Series performer: "Memphis Tennessee" / writer: "Memphis Tennessee"
Home Alone 1990 performer: "Run Rudolph Run"
Book of Love 1990 performer: "School Days" / writer: "School Days"
My Blue Heaven 1990/I writer: "Sufin' USA"
Downtown 1990 writer: "SURFIN' U.S.A."
Back to the Future Part II 1989 writer: "Johnny B. Goode" - uncredited
Back to the Future Part II Behind-the-Scenes Special Presentation 1989 TV Movie documentary writer: "JOHNNY B. GOODE"
Who Shot Patakango? 1989 performer: "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" / writer: "Brown Eyed Handsome Man"
Young Einstein 1988 writer: "ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC"
Redeye Express 1988 TV Movie performer: "Let It Rock" / writer: "Let It Rock"
High Hopes 1988 writer: "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" - uncredited
Johnny Be Good 1988 performer: "Johnny B. Goode" / writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
Love Potion 1987 performer: "REELIN' & ROCKIN'" / writer: "REELIN' & ROCKIN'"
My Best Friend's Birthday 1987 performer: "Nadine" / writer: "Nadine"
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam 1987 TV Movie documentary writer: "BACK IN THE USA"
Man on Fire 1987 lyrics: "Johnny B. Goode" / music: "Johnny B. Goode"
High Tide 1987 writer: "Johnny B Goode", "Memphis, Tennessee"
Rock Odyssey 1987 writer: "Roll Over Beethoven"
Concrete Angels 1987 performer: "Johnny B. Goode" / writer: "Johnny B. Goode"
La Bamba 1987 lyrics: "Betty Jean" - as E. Anderson / music: "Betty Jean" - as E. Anderson / performer: "Betty Jean"
Rags to Riches TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1987 writer - 1 episode, 1987
Meatballs III: Summer Job 1986 writer: "School Days", "40 Days"
Elvis Gratton: Le king des kings 1985 writer: "Memphis Tennessee"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Toughest Assignment: Solving the Education Crisis 1990 TV Movie documentary composer: theme music
Rod Stewart: Tonight He's Yours 1981 TV Movie documentary composer: song "Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller"
Domingo salvaje 1967 composer: song "Memphis"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Could Be the Night 1957 Guitarist at Waxie's Club (uncredited)

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Golden Bowl, or Repression 1988 Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 1987 Documentary producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Question of God: Sigmund Freud & C.S. Lewis 2004 TV Movie documentary promotion

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Beatles: The Lost Concert 2012 Documentary Himself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright 2009 Video Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2002-2008 TV Series Himself
Die goldene Kamera 2008 2008 Himself
Impact: Songs That Changed the World 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2000 TV Special documentary Himself - Honoree
Christmas in Washington 2000 TV Special Himself / Performer
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Chuck Berry: Rock and Roll Music 1998 Video documentary
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-1997 TV Series Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Rock & Roll 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Honoree
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music 1993 Documentary Himself - Performer
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
Redeye Express 1988 TV Movie Himself
Aspel & Company 1988 TV Series Himself
Kippevel 1988 TV Series Himself
Fantastico 8 1987 TV Series Himself
Hour Magazine 1987 TV Series Himself
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 1987 Documentary Himself
Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley's Rock 'n' Roll All Star Jam 1985 Video documentary Himself
That Was Rock 1984 Video Himself - Host
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards 1984 TV Special Himself
Super Night of Rock 'n' Roll 1984 TV Movie Himself
Chuck Berry: Live at the Roxy with Tina Turner 1982 TV Movie Himself
Class Reunion 1982 Himself
When the Music's Over 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
The John Davidson Show 1980-1981 TV Series Himself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1981 TV Special Himself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards 1981 TV Special Himself
A Tribute to the Jukebox Award Winners 1980 TV Movie Himself
Solid Gold 1980 TV Series Himself
The Wolfman Jack Radio Show 1980 TV Movie Himself
The 6th Annual American Music Awards 1979 TV Special Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971-1978 TV Series Himself - Vocalist
American Hot Wax 1978 Himself
The 5th Annual American Music Awards 1978 TV Special Himself
Rock Concert 1975-1977 TV Series Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary 1977 TV Special Himself
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Donny and Marie 1977 TV Series Himself
Sha Na Na 1977 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1974-1976 TV Series Himself
20 Years of Rock & Roll 1975 TV Movie documentary Himself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
In Concert 1972-1974 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Alice in the Cities 1974 Himself (uncredited)
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
American Music Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
The London Rock and Roll Show 1973 Documentary Himself
The Midnight Special 1973 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Soul Train 1973 TV Series documentary Guest (archival clips) / Himself
The Helen Reddy Show 1973 TV Series Himself
Let the Good Times Roll 1973 Documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1972 TV Series Himself
Musikladen 1972 TV Series Himself
In Concert 1972 TV Series Himself
Beat-Club 1972 TV Series
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Sweet Toronto 1971 Video documentary Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1957-1971 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Keep on 'Rockin 1969 Short documentary Himself
Music Scene 1969 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer / Guitarist
Hullabaloo 1965 TV Series Himself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
Gadzooks! It's All Happening 1965 TV Series Himself
The T.A.M.I. Show 1964 Documentary Himself
The Dick Clark Show 1958-1960 TV Series Himself
Jazz on a Summer's Day 1959 Documentary Himself
Go, Johnny, Go! 1959 Himself
The Guy Mitchell Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Mister Rock and Roll 1957 Himself
Rock Rock Rock! 1956 Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC 2015 TV Movie Himself
Whatever Happened to Rock 'n' Roll? 2015 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind 2014 TV Movie Himself
The Joy of the Guitar Riff 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
American Masters 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Elvis Found Alive 2012 Himself
Bert Stern: Original Madman 2011 Documentary
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Michael Jackson 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Comedy Songs: The Pop Years 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories 2008 Video Himself
Keith Richards: Under Review 2007 Video documentary Himself
Trailers from Hell 2007 TV Series Himself
B InTune TV 2006 TV Series Guest star
1955, Seven Days of Fall 2005 Documentary Himself
Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker 2005 Documentary
Impact: Songs That Changed the World 2003 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Definitive Elvis: The Army Years 2002 Video documentary Himself
Blues Odyssey 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pop 2000: 50 Jahre Popmusik und Jugendkultur in Deutschland 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Fifties 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Rock 'n' Roll History Video: Fabulous Fifties 1989 Video short documentary
Rockfogyatkozás 1988 Documentary Himself
Arena 1985 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1985 TV Series Himself
Rock and Roll: The Early Days 1984 Video documentary Himself
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary Himself
The Compleat Beatles 1982 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Shadows and Light 1980 Video documentary Himself
Heroes of Rock and Roll 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Golden Camera for Lifetime Achievement Golden Camera, Germany Music International
1988 Berlinale Camera Berlin International Film Festival
1988 Jackie Coogan Award Young Artist Awards For outstanding contribution to youth through entertainment.
1987 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on October 8, 1987 at 1777 N. Vine Street


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#Quote
1 I would sing the blues if I had the blues.
2 It amazes me when I hear people say "I want to go out and find out who I am.". I always knew who I was. I was going to be famous if it killed me.
3 I love poetry. I love rhyming. Do you know, there are poets who don't rhyme? Shakespeare did not rhyme most of the time and that's why I do not like him.
4 People don't want to see seventeen pieces in neckties. They wanna see some jeans, some gettin' down and some wigglin'.

#Trademark
1 Dynamic blues based guitar riffs
2 The "Johnny B. Goode" riff
3 Gibson ES-335
4 Gibson guitars
5 Duckwalk

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