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Chuck Berry Played For President Carter Day Before Pleading Guilty On Federal Tax Charges On June 7, 1979


First Posted: 06/07/11 10:58 AM ET Updated: 08/25/11 01:36 PM ET

With the federal government on his tail for tax evasion already in 1979, rock and roll legend Chuck Berry might have been a surprise pick for then-President Jimmy Carter to invite to perform at a benefit for the Black Music Association.

But even though they were on opposite sides of the law, Berry, the artist behind mid-1950s hits like "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Johnny B. Goode" showed up to perform at the Washington, D.C. concert on June 7 - just three days before he pleaded guilty to dodging over $100,000 in taxes.

The conviction sent Berry back to jail after previously being imprisoned for armed robbery and transporting a minor.

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