Chuck Berry Statue
July 30, 2011 by Post Team
Chuck Berry Statue, Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, agile and smiling at the age of 84, nodded in approval to dedicate a bronze statue of two meters of himself on Friday before a crowd of about 500 people.
The statue was erected in the Delmar Loop entertainment district of San Luis, despite opponents who opposed the monument, citing Berry’s legal troubles during his long career.
“I will not keep forever,” Berry, with his cap brand boat, told a crowd that gathered in the heat above 90 degrees. “I can not speak, I just sing a little. I’ll say thanks again, and I love them all.”
Berry rapid-fire lyrics and guitar riffs it was revolutionary at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won the life of St. Louis residents with the Presidential Medal of honor.
He is in the list of Rolling Stone as one of five major rock acts of all time over the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.
Berry, who first played in 1941, still performs every month at Blueberry Hill, across the street from the statue.
Among those who sent greetings to Berry was Elvis Costello, who said he was happy to see a statue of Berry “in St. Louis where it belongs,” and fellow rock pioneer Little Richard Berry called “the greatest entertainer in the world. ”
His wife joined Berry at the podium; children and grandchildren joined their fans in singing “Johnny B. Goode,” his 1957 signature hit, as the rock icon broke through the crowd at the end of ceremony.
A square near the statue illuminated wall features laser-engraved with musical notes of “Johnny B. Goode.” Strips of concrete on the sidewalk are engraved with the lyrics of Berry.
Opposition to the statue came earlier this summer when a former member of the council gathered 100 signatures designed to delay the installation. The opposition focused on felony convictions in the beginning of his career Berry, including a 1962 conviction for transporting a woman across state lines for immoral purposes.
Berry spent three years in prison, where he wrote several songs, including “No special place to go.”
Berry collapsed during a concert in Chicago last New Year’s Day, but recovered in time to play your next show in St. Louis and showed no signs of adverse effects on the dedication ceremony. Blueberry Hill your next show is scheduled for August 17.
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