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Chuck Berry

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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• Won his high school's talent contest with a performance of Jay McShann's "Confessin' the Blues."

• Worked as a beautician by day and guitarist with various blues bands at night before his career took off; eventually became one-third of a trio with pianist Johnnie Johnson and drummer Ebby Harding.

• While at a tour stop in Chicago, met Muddy Waters, who suggested Berry approach Chess Records; after submitting a demo tape, Berry went on to score his first Top 10 hit with the label, "Maybellene."

• Released his first studio album, After School Session, on Chess in 1957. 

• Opened his Berryland amusement park in St. Louis, MO, in 1961.

• Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, the hall's inaugural year.

• Honored at the 2000 Kennedy Center Honors by then-President Bill Clinton.

• Scored numerous Top 10 and Top 40 hits throughout his career, but only one No. 1: "My Ding-a-Ling."