Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born 18 October 1926, St. Louis, Missouri) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.
Chuck Berry is an immensely influential figure and one of the pioneers of rock & roll music. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website, "While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together."Cub Koda wrote, "Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none is more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers."John Lennon was more succinct: "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."
Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986. He received Kennedy Center...
Sweet Toronto (sometimes referred as Sweet Toronto Peace Festival) is a documentary by D.A. Pennebaker of the rock and roll revival concert in Toronto in September, 1969. John Lennon played as part of the Plastic Ono Band, whose members also included Yoko Ono, Klaus Voorman, Alan White, and Eric Clapton. (Their set was released as the album Live Peace in Toronto 1969.) The video also features a selection of other acts: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Eric Clapton, and Bo Diddley. The actual concert lasted twelve hours, but Pennebaker's documentary focuses mainly on the final hours of the concert. Film reviewers at the time were similarly affected. Latterly, though, both the performances and this film have grown in interest and watchability, particularly given the rarity of such thorough documentation of these key performers' work in concert.
The complete sets by Berry, Little Richard and Lewis were subsequently released as their own films.