Tuesday, February 3, 2009

1st ; Chuck Berry

Now that it is Black History month, African- Americans are celebrating it in their own separate ways. To show our appreciation to historical African - Americans who made an impact for Black History we will post every day, a very inspirational individual and a mini biography on who they are what they did, and what they continue to aspire to do. You may not know this individual but first up is Chuck Berry.

Born in St Louis Missouri Berry was the fourth child in a family of six. Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was born October 18, 1926. He is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Chuck Berry is an influential figure and one of the pioneers of rock and roll. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers.

Berry's initial success was tempered by the hard reality of showbusiness. The copyright for "Maybellene" contained the names of Alan Freed and Russ Fratto as well as Berry's; while Freed's name on the song ensured airplay, it also reduced Berry's royalty payments. Additionally, Berry discovered that his first road manager, Teddy Reig, was pocketing money from his live appearances. Learning from these initial pitfalls, Berry realized that self-sufficiency and independence were keys to long term survival in the business, and from this point on, he became determined to take charge of his own affairs, sowing the seeds for the later allegations of his being difficult to work with.



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