Chuck Berry

Cityscape
5:01 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

RFT Counts Down 12 Days Of St. Louis Christmas Songs

Chuck Berry performs at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis.
Credit Bill Greenblatt / UPI

After creating a list of 100 essential songs about St. Louis, Riverfront Times senior music writers Christian Schaeffer and Roy Kasten are working their way through the top 12 holiday songs by St. Louisians.

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10:12 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Chuck Berry Honored With Week-Long Cleveland Celebration

Our friends at WCPN in Cleveland, Ohio devote their "Around Noon" show today to a week-long celebration of St. Louis icon Chuck Berry happening in their city. Check out their show via the link.
Dee Perry celebrates the life and music of Chuck Berry as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University pay tribute to this American Music Master in a week-long series. Listen for conversations with the organizers and participants like keynote speaker Greg Tate and legendary guitarist Earl Slick.
Morning round-up
9:39 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, September 14, 2012

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Unofficial recount results confirms Koenen victory

A recount has confirmed that Glenn Koenen won a Democratic primary for a suburban St. Louis congressional seat and will face Republican Ann Wagner in the November election.

Unofficial results of the recount released Thursday by the secretary of state's office show Koenen's margin of victory declined by two votes compared to the original count from the August 7th primary. But he still finished 46 votes ahead of Harold Whitfield in a four-person primary that drew a total of nearly 28,000 votes.

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Pop Culture
11:35 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Chuck Berry's Cadillac A-Rollin' To The Smithsonian

Chuck Berry's 1973 Eldorado now belongs to the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, now under construction, is set to open its doors in 2015.
Bill Griffiths Smithsonian

Originally published on Sat December 3, 2011 5:27 pm

When rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry navigated his music career, he didn't rely on agents or record labels; he drove himself to his own business meetings and concerts in his fleet of Cadillacs.

Now Berry has donated one of those cars, a candy-apple red 1973 Eldorado, to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open its doors in 2015. NPR's Rachel Martin went with curator Kevin Strait to watch Smithsonian fleet manager Bill Griffiths restore the car in Suitland, Md.

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Chuck Berry Statue
2:32 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Statue honoring Chuck Berry dedicated in the Loop

Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry makes his way through a crowd of fans prior to a dedication of a statue of himself in University City, Mo. on July 29, 2011. See more photos in the story below.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

You can see more photos of the dedication in the gallery below

A nearly two-year effort to raise money for a statue of St. Louis native Chuck Berry in the city came officially to a close today Friday as dignitaries gathered with the man they call the father of rock 'n' roll to dedicate the sculpture.

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Chuck Berry Statue
10:22 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Chuck Berry statue installed in the Loop

Workers guide a bronze statue of rock and roller Chuck Berry into place as the art work is installed in University City, Mo. on July 1. Berry, who has lived in the St. Louis area his entire life, performs in a nearby club each month to sold out crowds.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Despite criticism, a statue of rock legend Chuck Berry was installed in University City, Mo. Friday in the Delmar Loop.

The statue was crafted by local artist Harry Weber and a formal dedication is planned for July 29.

Previously, critics voiced concerns that the statue was to be installed on city-owned land and that Berry spent time in jail.

Chuck Berry Statue
10:02 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Berry to get St. Louis-area statue despite critics

St. Louis sculptor Harry Weber knocks the dust off his statue of Rock and Roll artist Chuck Berry in St. Louis on October 19, 2010. Weber plans installation in University City, Mo. The statue depicts a young Chuck Berry from the 1950's.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The rock legend known for such hits as "Johnny B. Goode" will be getting a statue in suburban St. Louis, but not everyone thinks that's so great.

University City's City Council on Monday night refused to block installation of an 8-foot bronze sculpture by artist Harry Weber honoring 84-year-old Chuck Berry.

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from St. Louis on the Air
5:33 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Joe Edwards steps down but stays busy

A visualization of the Loop Trolley Project

Late last week, Joe Edwards announced that he’s stepping down as the Chairman of the Loop Special Business District after 30 years leading the board.  He stopped by St. Louis on the Air today to chat about his decision and what’s next for the six-block district along Delmar that’s been designated “One of the 10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.

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Monday headlines
8:19 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Ste. Genevieve soldier killed, Chuck Berry collapses, Mo. Mental Health Dept.'s excessive overtime, Mo. schools preparing for cuts

Chuck Berry performs at a free concert at Kiener Plaza in July. The rock-and-roll legend is on the mend after collapsing on stage in Chicago on Saturday.
Bill Greenblatt UPI
  • A funeral is scheduled for Thursday for a soldier from Ste. Genevieve who died in Afghanistan. 25 year-old Sgt. Michael J. Beckerman was assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The army says he died Dec. 31 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wound suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvsed explosive device. Beckerman arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2010. He joined the Army in September 2004.
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