The Chuck Berry Story

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0120170418 (6M)Roger Daltrey tells the story of Chuck Berry, one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll
0120170418Roger Daltrey tells the story of Chuck Berry, one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey. This first episode offers a look at Chuck's seminal 50s Chess recordings and his enormous significance for British acts. First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

0220170419Roger Daltrey looks at Chuck Berry's upbringing in St Louis, Missouri.

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was also one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey.

Part 2 recalls Chuck's upbringing in St Louis, Missouri, a rare recording of the Cubans, a few of his greatest ""car"" songs and Maybellene.. First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

022017042520170419 (6M)Roger Daltrey looks at Chuck Berry's upbringing in St Louis, Missouri.
0320170420Roger Daltrey looks at Chuck Berry's influences and his touring work.

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was also one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey.

Part 3 recalls more of Berry's influences, including Nat King Cole's Calypso Blues, which inspired Berry's Havana Moon, which in turn inspired the rock'n'roll classic Louie Louie. Plus a look at Berry's touring with the likes of Fats Domino and Frankie Lymon and the appeal of his lyrics for teenagers. First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

032017042620170420 (6M)Roger Daltrey looks at Chuck Berry's influences and his touring work.
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0420170421Roger Daltrey recalls Chuck Berry's 1962 conviction under the Mann Act.

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was also one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey.

This edition recalls Berry's 1962 conviction under the Mann Act, which resulted in 18 months' imprisonment and also inspired classics such as Promised Land, Nadine and No Particular Place to Go.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

042017042720170421 (6M)Roger Daltrey recalls Chuck Berry's 1962 conviction under the Mann Act.
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0520170425 (6M)Roger Daltrey explores Chuck Berry's influence on British acts of the 1960s.
0520170425Roger Daltrey explores Chuck Berry's influence on British acts of the 1960s.

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was also one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey.

This fifth episode explores the influence of Berry on key British acts of the mid-60s, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and the Animals.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

052017042820170425 (6M)Roger Daltrey explores Chuck Berry's influence on British acts of the 1960s.
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0620170426Roger Daltrey concludes the story of Chuck Berry with a look at his 1970s career.

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was also one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey.

This final edition recalls Berry's 70s career, which included the uncharacteristic novelty number one My Ding-a-Ling. Jack White from the White Stripes discusses Berry's legacy, with plus contributions from British guitarists Big Jim Sullivan and Jimmy Page as well as keyboard player Ian McLagan and Bruce Springsteen.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

062017050220170426 (6M)Roger Daltrey concludes the story of Chuck Berry with a look at his 1970s career.
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010120030521Roger Daltrey presents a six-part profile of the rock 'n' roll legend.

The opening episode features an overview of Chuck Berry in the 50s, his lyric-writing, and his fusion of white and black music.

010220030528Roger Daltrey presents the second in a six-part profile of the rock 'n' roll legend.

This episode harks back to Berry's background in St Louis and his first recording session in the Chess studios.

010320030604Roger Daltry presents the third in a six-part profile of the rock 'n' roll legend.

He explores Chuck Berry's influences, looks at his effect on teenagers and discusses the importance of his lyrics.

010420030611Roger Daltrey looks at one of Chuck's biggest 'mistakes': his conviction for transporting an underage girl across a state line, which led to eighteen months in jail.
010520030618This episode assesses the impact of Chuck's music on the burgeoning British blues scene.

With contributions from Paul McCartney, Bill Wyman, Ray Davies and Jimmy Page.

010620030625Roger Daltrey concludes a six-part profile of the rock 'n' roll legend.

This episode traces the course of Chuck's music in the 70s.