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"Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll"... all hail Chuck Berry. Half a year before America realised that a white man could sound like a black man, Charles Edward Anderson Berry distilled the blues, country music, western swing and a whole lot more into the irresistible, Maybellene. It was the beginning of a career that has lasted over half a century, influenced everyone, including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Beach Boys and just about every band in pop and rock. There is hardly a guitar player alive who has not at one time played Chuck Berry's licks and tunes. "Even his leads are rhythm. It's all two-string stuff, it's beautiful. To me, there's no such thing as rhythm guitarists and lead guitarists. The musician does that to himself by doing too much on one end and letting the rhythm section carry the rhythm. A guitar player is somebody that can play rhythm and lead. Chuck Berry's solos take off as an extension of his rhythm work without losing the drive or point of the song."  Keith Richards It's hard to imagine what modern rock music would have been without Chuck Berry. His genius lay in his ability to "present" a song. The man that most people have seen on stage in the last 40 years has little or nothing to do with the duck-walking guitar-slinger that was a revelation in his hey-day.
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