ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - One of the St. Louis' biggest stars was recognized for a life time of rock 'n roll Monday night.
Chuck Berry received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award at the Chase Park Plaza.
Guitarist Billy Peek honored Berry by performing classics like "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven."
The event kicks off the Arts and Education Council's 50th anniversary of providing grants to arts and arts organizations in the St. Louis area.
Chuck Berry Returns to the historic Howard Theater after 55 years (April 2012)
When: Feb. 16, 2011
Where: Blueberry Hill's Duck Room St. Louis, Missouri
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Ticket Information: Tickets are $35 and are going on sale at 5 p.m. (1/21) Friday at Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000 and at the venue.
Due to exhaustion, Mr. Berry was unable to complete his scheduled performance in Chicago at the Congress Theatre January 1, 2011. However, he is fine and has returned to his home near St. Louis.
UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) - He's a larger than life figure in the world of music. It only figure's that he should become a larger than life figure in bronze. Chuck Berry's statue is moving to University City. It was sculpted by Harry Weber.
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A fundraising campaign is in the works in St. Louis to erect an 8-foot statue honoring the 'Father of Rock and Roll', Chuck Berry; whose guitar style directly inspired great rock icons like The Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.
The campaign plans on raising over $100,000 to meet its goal. The efforts are being led by Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill, a landmark restaurant and music club; and Charlie Brennan, a KMOX radio host.
The statue of the rock and roll pioneer is the perfect fit for St. Louis, considering Berry still lives and performs in the area. The statue will be placed on Delmar Boulevard in University City. The bronze masterpiece is being created by renowned artist Harry Weber, whose works include Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson, and Bob Gibson.
The statue will represent Chuck Berry as a breakthrough rock and roll artist of the 20th century, who brought the worlds of black and white together in a song. There is no doubt the statue of this musical icon will capture the audiences of future generations and beyond. To learn how to make donations, visit chuckberrystatue.com.
Chuck was featured on the Jay Leno Show on August 29, 2008. See below for YouTube Video of his presentation.
The former residency of Chuck Berry has been nominated as a potential landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. The house, which is located in St. Louis, was bought by Berry in 1950 and finally sold in 1958. While living in the small, one story, red brick house Berry wrote a few of his most famous songs including "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven". Click here for the original article.
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, the 100 greatest guitar songs of all time were ranked and listed. Chuck Berry's very own "Johnny B. Goode" topped the charts coming in at the number one spot, solidifying its place as the greatest guitar song of all time! Read more about what the Rolling Stone has to say...