Topic - My Chuck Berry story -
Chuck you may remember this one !!!!!! I predicted My Ding a Ling would be # 1 - and we shook on it in the Chicago airport.
It's Sept. 1972 and I'm in Ohare Airport heading for Tulsa (my home) via St. Louis, when none other than the man "Chuck Berry" comes walking to to the gate. This is shorthly after the DB Cooper money high jacking, and airport security is just starting with the little wands searching for metal by hand.There are 2 lines and Chuck's in one and I'm in the other, and it looks like we are going to be walking down the covered ramp together. So he beats me thru security, and I get to the ramp, and it's backed up, and a line stopped. I'm 28 years old feeling too old for hero worship, and I'm 100 % sure it's Chuck. He turns around and starts a conversation with me about the new Lincoln he has ordered. I tell him I'm his # 1 fan and ask what he's been doing. Lot's of gigs, but no top 40 hit in 7 years, but he's releasing a new one soon. I said you'll get a # 1, and he replies that his best so far is "Sweet Litttle 16" at # 2. He signed an autograph for me saying "Happy School Days - Chuck Berry" and taught me the newest handshake. I still have the Aoutograph in my safe deposit box.
I'll be on the 3rd row this Saturday night, June 14, 2008 at the Maybe Center with my whole family that lives here in Tulsa. "Hail hail rock and Roll".
Chuck Berry - You are Rock and Roll - period ! Thanks for 53 years of kick ass Rock and Roll. You invented it as far as I'm concerned.
Thanks, Ralph Sandmeyer
PS - I'm 64 years young and have every one of your records. I remember where I was when I heard "Maybelene" riding in my Dad's 1955 Mercury in Topeka, Kansas when I was 11 years old ![code][/code]