The 95th birthday of late rock’n’roll pioneer Chuck Berry is to be celebrated with the release of a new live album, Live From Blueberry Hill, and the launch of a new guitar.
Live From Blueberry Hill was recorded at the venue of the same name in St. Louis, where Berry lived. It’s a venue he played over 200 times after telling owner and longtime friend Joe Edwards he wanted a more intimate space to perform in.
Edwards built a stage (christened ‘The Duck Room’ after Berry’s signature onstage move), and it became a destination for the 17 years Berry performed there: Motorhead’s Lemmy and The Band’s Robbie Robertson both made the trip.
Berry’s backing band at Blueberry Hill was the one he used most over the course of his career, and included daughter Ingrid Berry on harmonica, son Charles Berry, Jr. on guitar, bassist and bandleader Jimmy Marsala, pianist Robert Lohr, and drummer Keith Robinson.
Meanwhile, guitar makers Gibson have launched a recreation of Berry’s favourite guitar, a limited-edition, wine-red ES-355.
Gibson say: “To honour Chuck Berry’s legacy, we made sure every aspect of construction and appointments is historically correct, including aged gold hardware, a Maestro™ Vibrola™, Grover® tuners, a Varitone switch, and a classic Split Diamond headstock inlay. The Wine Red finish features Murphy Lab custom aging, giving it the look and feel of the original.”
The ES-355 also comes with a captain’s cap and a certificate of authenticity. Only 100 will be made. The guitar costs $6999, and is on sale at Gibson now.
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- Chuck Berry - 20 Greatest Hits - German - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.30, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 25-Nov-2021 12:27)on December 4, 2021 at 2:37 am
CHUCK BERRY 20 Greatest Hits (1983 German 20-track vinyl compilation LP including classic hits such as Roll Over Beethoven, Johnny B. Goode, Maybellene, Sweet Little Sixteen and more. The picture sleeve shows a little shelfwear and despite some light surface scuffs showing evidence of play, the remains in EX condition)
- Chuck Berry - All-Time Rock 'N' Roll Party Hits - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.30, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 09-Aug-2021 12:26)on December 4, 2021 at 2:37 am
CHUCK BERRY All-Time Rock 'N' Roll Party Hits (1970s UK Chess label 16-track vinyl LP compilation featuring original classics including Johnny B. Goode, Sweet Little Sixteen, Run Rudolph Run and more, housed in a fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve has some minor creasing and the vinyl remains in excellent condition)
- Chuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling - Wide - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.64, €9.44 (New Item) (arrived 27-Apr-2021 17:12)on December 4, 2021 at 2:37 am
CHUCK BERRY My Ding-A-Ling (1972 UK wide centred 7" vinyl single, also including Let's Boogie, Chess Records company die-cut paper sleeve)
- Chuck Berry - 20 Golden Greats - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.30, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 30-Apr-2021 09:49)on December 4, 2021 at 2:37 am
CHUCK BERRY 20 Golden Greats (80s UK 20-track LP compilation, including Roll Over Beethoven, Johnny B. Goode & Ramblin' Rose, front laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl looks barely played HMR9003)
- Chuck Berry - Chuck Berry - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.95, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 30-Apr-2021 09:54)on December 4, 2021 at 2:37 am
CHUCK BERRY Chuck Berry (1966 UK 10-track mono LP compilation of classic Chess recordings on heavyweight vinyl by the late legend of Rock & Roll, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some minor ring wear creasing & the vinyl is Excellent with a deep sheen & just a few spindle marks & hairlines not affecting play MAL611)