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 - Medley - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.30, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 23-Apr-2022 09:38)on May 17, 2022 at 6:21 am
CHUCK BERRY Medley (1970's UK 11-track black & silver Mercury label vinyl LP, laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little signs of storage and the vinyl remains excellent wih only light evidence of play)
- Chuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling - Wide - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $9.84, €9.44 (New Item) (arrived 07-Mar-2022 17:24)on May 17, 2022 at 6:21 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 - Rock & Roll Music Volume 1 - Belgian - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.30, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jan-2022 16:43)on May 17, 2022 at 6:21 am
CHUCK BERRY Rock & Roll Music Volume 1 (Scarce 1990 Belgian manufactured UK/EU 20-track remastered vinyl compilation LP including classic hits such as Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock And Roll Music, Wee Wee Hours, Thirty Days and more. The glossy picture sleeve has just light shelfwear to the edge and the vinyl looks barely played RTS113008)
- Chuck Berry - The Collection: 20 Rock 'n' Roll Greats - Italian - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.30, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 11-Jan-2022 10:14)on May 17, 2022 at 6:21 am
CHUCK BERRY The Collection: 20 Rock 'n' Roll Greats (1986 Italian 20-track compilation LP, glossy picture sleeve, includes Maybelline, Johnny B. Goode, No Particular Place To Go and more. The sleeve shows very little wear at all & the vinyl looks almost unplayed DVLP2068)
- Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Rock And Roll - Demo - UK - 7" vinyl - £50.00, $61.50, €59.00 (New Item) (arrived 02-Feb-2022 12:12)on May 17, 2022 at 6:21 am
CHUCK BERRY Sweet Little Rock And Roll (Rare 1958 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 faint hairlines not affecting play MSP3092)