|Chuck doing his "Duck Walk" move.|
Also sang duets with my dad in the men's choir a few times. My only solo gig was about a dozen years ago while singing "Amazing Grace" at a retirement home where perhaps half the attendees might have been dozing off. My biggest problem was that I was SHY. And, being a rock star while being shy don't go together. Anyway, I was a rock star like Chuck Berry in my bedroom. I loved the way he moved across the stage, hunched down, doing his one-legged "duck walk," as we sang one of his greatest hits together. Put my 45RPM record on my desktop record player and picked my guitar as I listened to his stunning tone. The more I learned and played, the more I realized how hard it was to play the guitar without looking at the frets as Chuck could do. Mom and dad didn't care much for him since he was arrested in high school for stealing a car and robbing convenience stores at gunpoint. But, they didn't care for Duane Eddy either or the fact that I ruined my good guitar by painting "Twanger" on it. As soon as I turned 16 I got a job at a local department store working in the record department. Loved the job since I had the chance to buy Chuck's records before anyone else.
|Early photo of Chuck Berry|
PS - check out the Chuck Berry songs on this YouTube Video.