He became one of the pioneers of rock and roll, releasing influential songs such as "Maybellene" and "Johnny B. Goode."
He performed for the first time at Sumner High School. He stole a car at gunpoint, and was sent to the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men at Algoa.
He became immortalized for songs such as "Roll Over Beethoven," which reached No. 29 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
He supported his family as an automobile factory worker, and got married to Themetta 'Toddy' Suggs on October 28, 1948; they had four children together.
Eric Clapton appeared with him on Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, where he played a Gibson ES 350T, the guitar Berry used during his early years.
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