Black History Every Day 24/7/365: Chuck Berry

03/18/2017 07:00 pm ET Updated Mar 18, 2017
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Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry sunrise 10/18/26, sunset 3/18/17 St. Louis, Missouri.

Convicted of armed robbery in high school and served time in a reformatory from 1944 to 1947.

After release from reformatory worked in an automotive assembly plant.

His influences were Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole, Bennie Goodman, and Muddy Waters.

He owned a nightclub in St. Louis called Berry’s Club Bandstand.

From 1962 to 1965 he served time in prison for transporting a 14 year old girl across state lines.

In 1979 he served 3 months in prison for tax evasion.

In 1986 he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at its opening.

He was married to the same woman for 68 years and had two children.

In 2004 Rolling Stone named him the 5th out of 100 greatest artists of all-time.

Peace, love, joy, gratitude, faith, courage, compassion and blessings.