Career Highlights

Present Day Performs at Blueberry Hill, a restaurant and bar located in St. Louis, Mo., one Wednesday each month.

June 27, 2006 “Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll” is re-released on DVD for the first time ever.

September 2, 1995 Performs “Johnny B. Goode” alongside Bruce Springsteen at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

October 8, 1987 The film ” Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll” is released. It is a live tribute to Berry, and is directed by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.

1987 Publishes his honest and insightful autobiography.

January 23, 1986 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City.

February 26, 1985 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards.

June 1, 1979 Performs for President Jimmy Carter.

March 1, 1978 Appears as himself in the film “American Hot Wax,” a biography about deejay Alan Freed.

October 21, 1972 The song “My Ding-a-Ling” (originally “My Tambourine”) reaches No. 1, the only Berry recording to top the charts.

May 1, 1972 The London Chuck Berry Sessions is released; it becomes Berry’s top-selling album, hitting No. 8 on the charts.

1965 Appears in concert film featuring the TAMI (Teen-Age Music International) Show, along with The Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and more.

May 31, 1961 Opens own amusement park, called Berryland, outside St. Louis.

March 17, 1958 “Sweet Little Sixteen” grabs No. 1 spot on R&B chart and No. 2 on pop chart, while rock & roll classic”Johnny B. Goode” gets No. 2 on R&B and No. 8 on pop.

September-November 1957 Goes on tour with the “Biggest Show of Stars for ’57,” which also included Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, etc.

June 30, 1956 Berry’s song “Roll Over Beethoven” takes the second spot on the R&B chart, and gets to No. 29 on the pop chart.

September 1955 “Maybellene” hits No. 5 on Billboard’s Rock and Roll Singles chart.

May 21, 1955 Records first songs, “Maybellene” and “Wee Wee Hours.”

May 1955 Takes a roadtrip to Chicago; talks briefly to Muddy Waters, who refers him to Chess Records. There he lands a recording contract.

December 30, 1952 Receives a call from pianist Johnnie Johnson asking Berry to join the Sir John’s Trio, a band that played at the very popular Cosmopolitan Club.

June 13, 1952 Joins Tommy Stevens in a house band that played Huff’s Garden every Saturday.

1941 Performs at his school’s musical stage performance, singing “Confessin’ The Blues” while accompanied by his friend, Tommy Stevens, on guitar. Stevens’ powerful performance inspires him to learn how to play the instrument himself.