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October 4, 1986 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer (The Washington Post, USA Today and the Associated Press contributed to this article.)
Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Linda Ronstadt are expected to highlight a 60th birthday party and concert in honor of all-time rock great Chuck Berry. The concert is scheduled for Oct. 16 at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. The bash will be filmed for a movie, which will include interviews with Berry worshipers Bo Diddley and the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. JAZZ TRIBUTE Bill Cosby and Debbie Allen will host a tribute to jazz great Thelonious Monk Monday at Constitution Hall in Washington.
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December 28, 1989 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Daily News and the New York Times
Chuck Berry is being sued by a former cook at the rocker's restaurant in Wentzville, Mo., who says Berry videotaped employees and customers using the eatery's ladies room. In papers filed Tuesday in a state court in St. Charles, Mo., Hosana A. Huck says that she was humiliated by the taping and that it caused her distress. Berry, 63, was unavailable for comment yesterday, and calls to his restaurant, Southern Air, were not answered. Sylvester Stallone filed a $5 million suit Tuesday in Los Angeles accusing an art dealer of getting him to pay more for paintings than they're worth.
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June 15, 1988 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International and Newsday
Chuck Berry was sued yesterday for $5 million by a singer who accused the rock icon of smashing her in the mouth in a Manhattan hotel Dec. 18 and giving her a wound that required five stitches. A bench warrant has been out for the singer since last week, when he failed to appear in court to answer the allegations by Marilyn O'Brian Boteler, in her 30s. Asked by reporters at the state Supreme Court in Manhattan to discuss the alleged attack, Boteler instead launched into a lament about ultraviolet rays and the shrinking ozone layer.
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February 19, 1987 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this article were the Associated Press, United Press International and the New York Daily News.)
Chuck Berry was honored yesterday at New York's City Hall in a Black History Month-related event, but most of the Harlem sixth graders attending had no idea who he was. They came to life, though, when rap singer Grandmaster Mele Mel took the podium to pay tribute to the rock pioneer who first hit the charts 32 years ago with "Maybelline. " Said Berry, 61: "Remember, when you've grown and have children, let them come to my concerts. " ADMITTING ERROR Dr. Benjamin Spock, 83, acknowledges that he made a mistake in his 41-year- old, best-selling Baby and Child Care book by warning mothers against returning to work.
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January 18, 1990 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, the New York Daily News, the New York Times and USA Today
Chuck Berry on Tuesday filed a $5 million suit against High Society magazine in San Francisco over its publication of eight photos of the seminal rock-and-roll figure in the nude. Berry, 63, is shown in the current issue with an unidentified woman under the declaration: "We're the only magazine with the (nerve) to show Chuck's berries. " Said his lawyer, Melvin Belli: "Those pictures were taken by Berry himself about five to 10 years ago. They were for his personal use. But they were recently stolen.
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March 21, 1988 | By John Milward, Special to The Inquirer
Seeing Chuck Berry take one more run through his greatest 30-year-old hits at Caesars Hotel-Casino sounded like a dicey proposition. Conceptually, however, it's hard to beat: Berry, the original rock-and-roll raconteur, belongs here, in this uniquely American version of (to borrow one of his song titles) the "Promised Land. " The good news was that Berry was reportedly traveling with a regular band - including his original pianist, Johnnie Johnson - instead of hiring some bargain-basement local pros who knew "Chuck Berry music.
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April 7, 1988 | By John Milward, Special to The Inquirer
"If you tried to give rock-and-roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry. " - John Lennon Scholars of pop music have long pondered the puzzle that is Chuck Berry. His songs are bedrock tablets of rock and roll that have reverberated through the music for more than 30 years. He created the language of the rock guitar and brought the slippery sound of real-life talk to the lyrics of popular music. The smile of his songs, however, never seemed to shine on the artist himself.
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January 27, 1992 | by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News
There are a lot of stories regarding the origins of Chuck Berry's famous "Johnny B. Goode" guitar riff, but one of the most persistent is that Berry based it on a musical figure invented by his longtime pianist, Johnnie Johnson. The story seems to make sense. With the self-taught keyboardist and drummer Ebby Harding, Berry formed a group in 1953 called the Johnnie Johnson Trio. By the mid-'50s, Berry was leading the band, churning out hits based on the flashy riff in "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Around and Around" and "Little Queenie.
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September 17, 1987 | Edited by Joseph P. Blake from Reuters, the Washington Post, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, U.S.A. Today, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal
COULD ED BE SENDING MESSAGE THROUGH THE HOOP? Is Ed Bradley of CBS' "60 Minutes" going through a mid-life crisis? We ask that question because he's currently sporting a gold hoop in his left ear. Is this Bradley's way of sending a signal to the powers that be that he's not happy at CBS? Is the earring his personal way of celebrating the 800th showing of "60 Minutes" this Sunday? "Diane (Sawyer) thinks it's sexy," said Bradley, but "Mike (Wallace) has been giving me a hard time about my earring.
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February 26, 1988 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, the New York Times and the Washington Post
Carrie Leigh fired another salvo at Hugh Hefner in her palimony suit against him by upping the ante from $5 million to $35 million, according to papers filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The Canadian model said she was amending the suit "to dissuade (Hefner) from maintaining his long- enjoyed practice of seducing teenaged girls, supporting them for a few years and then discarding them. " Leigh's lawyer, Marvin Mitchelson, also took the occasion to deny Hefner's claim that his client has a longstanding problem with alcohol.
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April 30, 2013 | By Derrik J. Lang, Associated Press
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February 22, 2013 | By CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IF YOU are going to Friday's concert by The Who at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, do yourself a favor and get their early enough to see show-opener Vintage Trouble, the youthful, Los Angeles-forged quartet supporting the legendary Brit rockers on their current U.S. tour. Although still flying under the radar here, the unit has made considerable noise in the United Kingdom by combining old-school R&B with an almost New Wave-y attitude, and having it all delivered by electrifying front- man Ty Taylor.
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July 27, 2012 | By Tom Wilk, For The Inquirer
If the Grammy Awards created a category for the most musically diverse album, Lyle Lovett would be a contender for Release Me (Curb Records/Lost Highway). The 14-song CD shows the breadth of his musical tastes, with selections by rock-and-roll pioneer Chuck Berry (a slowed-down "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man") and 16th-century theologian Martin Luther (a heartfelt "Keep Us Steadfast"). He offers his version of Engelbert Humperdinck's biggest U.S. hit (the title track, a duet with k.d. lang)
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March 26, 2010 | By Nick Cristiano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is called The T.A.M.I Show, with T.A.M.I. standing for the unwieldy Teenage Awards Music International. Filmed in October 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, it brought together a spectacular lineup of rock and soul talent - James Brown, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, the Miracles, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, and more. Now The T.A.M.I. Show (Shout! Factory, $19.93) has not only been released on DVD for the first time, but the complete show also is being made available for the first time since the film was shown in theaters in the months after the performance.
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September 3, 1995 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry and friends rocked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night in a concert to mark the long-awaited opening of the $92 million glass-and-steel shrine. Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off the show by joining Berry for a rendition of Berry's 1950s hit "Johnny B. Goode. " The energetic crowd filled in on the chorus of "Go, Johnny, go!" Springsteen and Berry were followed by John Mellencamp, who performed his tribute to vintage rock artists, "R.O.
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June 9, 1993 | By Cynthia Mayer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The crowd was breathless, ready with Instamatics. There were rumors Paul McCartney might show up. On the stage sat no less than Billy Joel, in shades and a blazer, Pete Townshend of The Who, and Chuck Berry, the father of it all. Glorying in the moment, pushing the crowd's excitement to the limit, the announcer leaned into the microphone and shouted, "And now I'd like to introduce some of the great music personalities. " All eyes turned to the stage. "Tommy Mottola!" Who?
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January 27, 1992 | by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News
There are a lot of stories regarding the origins of Chuck Berry's famous "Johnny B. Goode" guitar riff, but one of the most persistent is that Berry based it on a musical figure invented by his longtime pianist, Johnnie Johnson. The story seems to make sense. With the self-taught keyboardist and drummer Ebby Harding, Berry formed a group in 1953 called the Johnnie Johnson Trio. By the mid-'50s, Berry was leading the band, churning out hits based on the flashy riff in "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Around and Around" and "Little Queenie.
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June 30, 1990 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, Reuters, Orlando Sentinel and USA Today
Chuck Berry amassed a quarter of his $36 million fortune through drug sales, according to a court affidavit filed this week in St. Charles County, Mo. His lawyer called the charge ridiculous. At a news conference Thursday, prosecutor William Hannah said a search of the rock icon's Wentzville home last Saturday had turned up sizable quantities of hashish, marijuana, pornographic materials and three firearms. He added that the raid, prompted by a report that Berry, 63, was in possession of cocaine, was carried out in connection with an 18-month investigation of the performer.
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