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#1
More young kids need to start appreciating Chuck Berry. He's the first rock n roll guitar hero and created one of the first memorable guitar riffs with Johnny B. Goode. He has a style that nobody else had/has. Most of his songs were chords, boogies and double stops, which sound great with Johnnie Johnson on Piano. Most people don't know that Willie Dixon played bass on alot of Chuck's early stuff.

John Lennon said one of my fav. quotes...."If you were going to give Rock N Roll another, you might call it Chuck Berry".

Chuck is the original King(sorry Elvis)

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#3
I agree. Most kids these days are being poisoned with emo and pop punk. Without Chuck Berry, most of our heroes might not be playing.
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#4
I love Chuck Berry. I think of him every time I hear Rock N Roll.
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without chuck we wouldnt have the guitar hero's of the last 25 years or so ie angus young.

Funny that you mention Angus He copped all Chucks moves Google video Chuck Berry and you see what I mean.

I did a report on him this year because we had to do it on someone in our book and he was under rock music.
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#8
So many people copy his styles, and in a wide variety of music too. Punk bands like Black Flag, the Germs, New York Dolls, almost every punk band actually.

Metal music, country, it's cool how he inspired so many people.
#9
Angus uses Chuck's moves as sort of a commemoration, last time I checked.
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Sorry. Angus is good, but I don't in any way consider him a "guitar hero".



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#11
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Angus Young is not a guitar hero? hahahaha, get a load of this guy.


He's ok, but doesn't seem like anything special to me.


Chuck definitely has a huge influence on rock, though. I prefer him to Elvis.
#12
It's funny because Chuck Berry was a huge influence on alot of the first wave of Punk Guitarists.
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Angus uses Chuck's moves as sort of a commemoration, last time I checked.

I wasn't trying to saying anything bad about Angus I love him. I was just saying Angus on stage is like Chuck Berry on caffeine.
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#14
One of my favorites by him is school days...but lets not forgett my dingaling!!!
#15
I love Chuck Berry. I play in a cover band and all we play is 50s rock and roll and surf. A good portion of our set is made up of his stuff.
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#16
Pfff, Chuck Berry wasn't the first. He stole all his moves from Marty McFly.
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Pfff, Chuck Berry wasn't the first. He stole all his moves from Marty McFly.



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Funny that you mention Angus He copped all Chucks moves Google video Chuck Berry and you see what I mean.

I did a report on him this year because we had to do it on someone in our book and he was under rock music.


:O i didn't think The Duck Walk was considered ALL moves. Chuck and Angus do The Duck Walk different ways.

Chuck does his with one leg, across the front of the stage. Angus does his with both legs where ever there is room. Up on scafolds, the stage, the runway, where ever he can.
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Pfff, Chuck Berry wasn't the first. He stole all his moves from Marty McFly.
"hello Chuck? this is Marvin! Your cousin, Marvin Berry...you know that new sound you were looking for? Listen to this!" great movie.

Anyway, I have a greatest hits CD laying around somewhere...I should give it a few more listens.
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#20
Chuck Berry man! What an idol to have. I believe that he truely was the king of Rock n' Roll and I have no reason to apologize so **** Elvis. The man couldn't even write his own songs....but C Berr invented the guitar riff for sure, and he played with class.
#21
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Angus Young is not a guitar hero? hahahaha, get a load of this guy.


he's not really. compare his solos to a real guitar hero, like clapton or hendrix.

the only song i like by them is "ride on" because it's not just overdriven 3 chord progressions and bon scott trying to cough up a robert plant voice
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#24
Chuck's a legend. Embrace it, don't deface it.
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#25
If Chuck Berry didn't exist I don't think Rock "n" Roll would exist. He is a true inspiration,Guitarist or not!!
#27
^ Chuck, Jerry Lee, and Little Richard are my favourite of the "rock n' roll" era of the 50's.
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#28
Personally, I think Chuck Berry is a little over-rated. Sure he created the master-peice that is Johnny-B-Goode and many others which have been convered by countless artists over the years, but some of his songs just begin to sound too... samey after a while.
Take Johnny-B-Goode, a fantastic song (almost all self-respecting guitarists will agree), then take Carol, which has a remarkably similar intro and structure to Johnny-B-Goode. Coincidence? I don't think so. Chuck simply fell into the trap of seeing that Johnny-B-Goode had all the right ingrediants in all the right places, and coppied it, thinking that people wouldn't notice. I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with that, with Chuck or with his songs, it's just that, to me, it begine to bore me after a while.

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Personally, I think Chuck Berry is a little over-rated. Sure he created the master-peice that is Johnny-B-Goode and many others which have been convered by countless artists over the years, but some of his songs just begin to sound too... samey after a while.
Take Johnny-B-Goode, a fantastic song (almost all self-respecting guitarists will agree), then take Carol, which has a remarkably similar intro and structure to Johnny-B-Goode. Coincidence? I don't think so. Chuck simply fell into the trap of seeing that Johnny-B-Goode had all the right ingrediants in all the right places, and coppied it, thinking that people wouldn't notice. I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with that, with Chuck or with his songs, it's just that, to me, it begine to bore me after a while.

(All this has been said by a guy who likes Status Quo - UNDER-RATED :S)

I agree that a lot of his songs sound very alike (and BOY I mean very) but I still don't think he can be "rated" enough- his influence is more important than the 12-bar formula he used. He was amazingly influential and brought guitar to the forefront- even Elvis didn't use guitar like Chuck, he just plucked along. I think he deserves all the respect in the music world- he made popular music about the musician again, and not the committee of writers and musicians (although kudos to the Wrecking Crew- look them up if you don't know.)
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#30
I agree, Chuck Berry is and always will be the most influencial guitarist to come out duck-walking from the 50's, but i still stand by what I say. It's nice to listen to his stuff every now and then, but if i listen to it too much, it tend to ring in my ears...
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#31
I believe to become a great guitarist you have to go through a stage where you play Chuck Berry licks and really listen to his music. If Chuck never picked up a guitar rock n roll would not at all be same, it might not of even exsist
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"hello Chuck? this is Marvin! Your cousin, Marvin Berry...you know that new sound you were looking for? Listen to this!" great movie.

Anyway, I have a greatest hits CD laying around somewhere...I should give it a few more listens.

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#33
Yeah I could have been famous like him if I just rearranged Boogie Woogie piano pieces for guitar, but yeah, he's very influential.
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#34
he is one of my favorite guitar heros. i listen to johnny b goode just to hear the guitar.
#35
I saw one of his concerts from 1972 on BBC3 the other night. Chuck really could play
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#36
Okay, his songs are very much alike, but who cares? He really invented rock 'n roll guitar playing as well as rock 'n roll songwriting, and with the alikeness (is that a word? It is, since I use it) of his songs, you can play Chuck Berry songs for like half an hour! (I really do that, to be honest, and you should try it yourself, it's great fun!)

I saw him live in december, and he was great! (Well, the show was too short, and he did play my dingelingeling, but he still is one of the great rock and blues guitar players in history!)

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81, but he still duckwalks (he doesn't go as low as he used to, but still, it's awesome)



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#40
I can't remember a time I didn't love Chuck. He's as important to music as anyone. I'd love to see him live, a friend of mine did.
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