TheGrio Reflects: An interview with Chuck Berry

If you were alive – and owned a radio – in the 50s and 60s, then you know about Chuck Berry. If you weren’t alive then, you still know about Chuck Berry, who has been around for a long time. The songs that Chuck helped memorialize — “Maybellene,” “Roll over Beethoven,” “Johnny be Good” — are legendary sounds that are the original rock and roll. Berry’s thumping back beats and the driving rhythms aren’t hard to find in current pop hits.

In this interview, listen to Chuck Berry discusses music, his youth, and his inspirations.

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