Chuck Berry's Career

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Chuck Berry’s career began taking off when he met Muddy Waters in May of 1955. Waters introduced Berry to Leonard Chess of Chess Records. Berry’s future success, “Maybellene”, was on a demo tape that he played for Chess. Soon after, this song was Berry’s first Top 10 hit, and was followed by a steady succession of hits through1958. He was a charismatic performer which landed him plenty of gigs on the “mid 50’s concert circuit”. In late 1959 his career came to an abrupt halt when he was arrested. He was released in 1964, right in the middle of the “British Invasion”. His songs “Nadine”, “No Particular Place To Go”, and other all reached the UK Top 30, showing his continued relevance. In 1966, he sought to advance his career as the R&B genre

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