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 - Decade '55 - '65 - German - vinyl LP - £12.00, $13.08, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 20-Sep-2022 11:29)on September 25, 2022 at 10:14 am
CHUCK BERRY Decade '55 - '65 (1988 German 15-track vinyl LP featuring a collection of his classic hit singles Maybelline, Roll Over Beethoven, Johnny B Goode and more, picture sleeve. The sleeve has only minor storagewear and the vinyl looks seldom played PLAT24)
- Chuck Berry - This Is Chuck Berry EP - UK - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $27.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 21-Apr-2022 11:19)on September 25, 2022 at 10:14 am
CHUCK BERRY This Is Chuck Berry (1960 UK 4-track solid centre MONO 7" vinyl EP, including Bye Bye Johnny, Rock & Roll Music, Childhood Sweetheart and Broken Arrow, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and thevinyl has little sign of play leaving it Excellent NEP44013)
- Chuck Berry - Let It Rock - Demo - UK - 7" vinyl - £50.00, $54.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 02-Feb-2022 12:15)on September 25, 2022 at 10:14 am
CHUCK BERRY Let It Rock (Rare 1959 UK advance one-sided demo vinyl for the 7" single with solid centre and custom 'Demonstration Sample - Not For Sale' text, die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl on this copy is graded Very Good withjust a few fainthairlines not affecting play MSP4204)
- Chuck Berry - Chess Masters - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $13.08, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 11-Feb-2022 12:28)on September 25, 2022 at 10:14 am
CHUCK BERRY Chess Masters (1988 UK 16-track vinyl LP featuring a selection of remastered Berry classics including No Particular Place To Go, Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Little Sixteen, Nadine, Johnny B. Goode and Memphis Tennessee. The picturesleeve shows light shelfwear and the vinyl has just the odd light sign of play SMR848)
- Chuck Berry - Greatest Hits - 180gm - UK - vinyl LP - £14.99, $16.34, €16.79 (New Item) (arrived 25-Feb-2022 11:07)on September 25, 2022 at 10:14 am
CHUCK BERRY Greatest Hits (2018 UK audiophile 16-track LP pressed on 180gram High Definition Vinyl, featuring the classics Johnny B Goode, Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Little Sixteen, Back In the USA and more. Although not sealed, both sleeve and vinyl are Near Mint CATLP122)