Chuck Berry Turns 87 Today

American rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter and guitarist Charles 'Chuck' Berry, one of the biggest influences on pre-Beatles pop.    (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Chuck Berry American rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter and guitarist Charles 'Chuck' Berry, one of the biggest influences on pre-Beatles pop. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
6th May 1977:  Hugely influential singer, songwriter and guitarist Chuck Berry, (Charles Edward Anderson), performing on stage with his guitar at the Birmingham Odeon in England.  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Chuck Berry 6th May 1977: Hugely influential singer, songwriter and guitarist Chuck Berry, (Charles Edward Anderson), performing on stage with his guitar at the Birmingham Odeon in England. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
1st March 1975:  Legendary rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter and  guitarist Chuck Berry checks in at the airport, March 1975.  (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Chuck Berry 1st March 1975: Legendary rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter and guitarist Chuck Berry checks in at the airport, March 1975. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
circa 1972:  Rock 'n' roll great Chuck Berry in good spirits at Heathrow Airport with his wife.  (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Chuck Berry circa 1972: Rock 'n' roll great Chuck Berry in good spirits at Heathrow Airport with his wife. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
A Look Back at Chuck Berry Click here to view photo gallery
Chuck Berry A Look Back at Chuck Berry Click here to view photo gallery
Little Richard and Chuck Berry on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC Studios in Los Angeles, Ca. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno-Little Richard/Chuck Berry Little Richard and Chuck Berry on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC Studios in Los Angeles, Ca. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
405302 09: Musicians Chuck Berry (R) and Little Richard attend the 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards May 14, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
50th Annual BMI Pop Awards 405302 09: Musicians Chuck Berry (R) and Little Richard attend the 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards May 14, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Bo Diddley were each honored with the "Icon Award" at "The 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards" at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. Tuesday, May 14, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
The 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Bo Diddley were each honored with the "Icon Award" at "The 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards" at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. Tuesday, May 14, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley were each honored with the "Icon Award" at "The 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards" at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. Tuesday, May 14, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
The 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley were each honored with the "Icon Award" at "The 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards" at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. Tuesday, May 14, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
CHICAGO - JULY 13:  A drive-up window customer collects their order between a wall mural of Marylyn Monroe and Chuck Berry at the "Rock 'N' Roll McDonald's" July 13, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. The "Rock 'N' Roll McDonald's" restaurant which opened in June 1983 will be closing for good on July 18, torn down, and a new McDonald's restaurant will be built in its place, scheduled to open in April 2005.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Rock 'N' Roll McDonald's Prepares To Close CHICAGO - JULY 13: A drive-up window customer collects their order between a wall mural of Marylyn Monroe and Chuck Berry at the "Rock 'N' Roll McDonald's" July 13, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. The "Rock 'N' Roll McDonald's" restaurant which opened in June 1983 will be closing for good on July 18, torn down, and a new McDonald's restaurant will be built in its place, scheduled to open in April 2005. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, :  US President Bill Clinton (R) welcomes  rock-an-roll pioneer Chuck Berry to the White House in Washington, DC, 03 December 2000, during a reception for the 2000 Kennedy Center Honorees. The other honorees are dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, tenor Placido Domingo, actor-director Clint Eastwood and actress Angela Lansbury.  AFP PHOTO/Chris KLEPONIS (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Bill Clinton (R) welcomes rock-an-ro WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton (R) welcomes rock-an-roll pioneer Chuck Berry to the White House in Washington, DC, 03 December 2000, during a reception for the 2000 Kennedy Center Honorees. The other honorees are dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, tenor Placido Domingo, actor-director Clint Eastwood and actress Angela Lansbury. AFP PHOTO/Chris KLEPONIS (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE:  Veteran US rocker Chuck Berry performs at Paris' Olympia, l11 January 2005. The 78 year-old legend is on a tour in France. l AFP PHOTO BERTRAND GUAY  (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Veteran US rocker Chuck Berry performs a PARIS, FRANCE: Veteran US rocker Chuck Berry performs at Paris' Olympia, l11 January 2005. The 78 year-old legend is on a tour in France. l AFP PHOTO BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
US musician Chuck Berry arrives on the red carpet of the Golden Camera awards in the German capital Berlin on February 6, 2008. Berry is set to receive the Goldene Kamera award for his life's work. The "Goldene Kamera" is a German media prize organized by TV magazine Hoerzu and awards celebrities in different national and international categories. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER  GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)
Goldene Kamera Award 2008 US musician Chuck Berry arrives on the red carpet of the Golden Camera awards in the German capital Berlin on February 6, 2008. Berry is set to receive the Goldene Kamera award for his life's work. The "Goldene Kamera" is a German media prize organized by TV magazine Hoerzu and awards celebrities in different national and international categories. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)
09.04.2005. La Riviera. Madrid, Spain. Black Music Festival. Chuck Berry in concert.  (Photo by Carlos Muina/Cover/Getty Images)
09.04.2005. La Riviera. Madrid, Spain. Black Music Festival. Chuck Berry in concert. 09.04.2005. La Riviera. Madrid, Spain. Black Music Festival. Chuck Berry in concert. (Photo by Carlos Muina/Cover/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC:  Celebrated American singer and guitarist Chuck Berry, 80, performs on stage at Lucerna Palace during his concert in Prague 16 January 2005.  (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Celebrated American singer and guitarist PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: Celebrated American singer and guitarist Chuck Berry, 80, performs on stage at Lucerna Palace during his concert in Prague 16 January 2005. (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC:  Celebrated American singer and guitarist Chuck Berry, 80, performs on stage at Lucerna Palace during his concert in Prague 16 January 2005.  (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Celebrated American singer and guitarist PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: Celebrated American singer and guitarist Chuck Berry, 80, performs on stage at Lucerna Palace during his concert in Prague 16 January 2005. (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
US rock legend Chuck Berry makes a speech after receiving the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award at the Golden Camera Awards ceremony in Berlin February 6, 2008. The "Golden Camera" is a German media prize organized by TV magazine Hoerzu and awards celebrities in different national and international categories. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER  GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)
Goldene Kamera Award 2008 US rock legend Chuck Berry makes a speech after receiving the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award at the Golden Camera Awards ceremony in Berlin February 6, 2008. The "Golden Camera" is a German media prize organized by TV magazine Hoerzu and awards celebrities in different national and international categories. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN - FEBRUARY 6: xxx attends the Goldene Kamera Award 2008 at the Ullsteinhalle on February 06, 2008 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Goldene Kamera Award 2008 BERLIN - FEBRUARY 6: xxx attends the Goldene Kamera Award 2008 at the Ullsteinhalle on February 06, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Winners of the Golden Camera Award, German TV host Stefan Raab, US rock legend Chuck Berry (C) and US actor Robert De Niro (R) pose for a photo at the Golden Camera awards in the German capital Berlin on February 6, 2008. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER  GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)
Goldene Kamera Award 2008 Winners of the Golden Camera Award, German TV host Stefan Raab, US rock legend Chuck Berry (C) and US actor Robert De Niro (R) pose for a photo at the Golden Camera awards in the German capital Berlin on February 6, 2008. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS - NOVEMBER 14: Singer Chuck Berry performs at the 'Les Legendes Du Rock and Roll' concert at the Zenith on November 14, 2008 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
Les Legendes Du Rock and Roll PARIS - NOVEMBER 14: Singer Chuck Berry performs at the 'Les Legendes Du Rock and Roll' concert at the Zenith on November 14, 2008 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
Chuck Berry plays the Congress Theatre in Chicago, 1/1/11
Chuck Berry In Concert - January 1, 2011 Chuck Berry plays the Congress Theatre in Chicago, 1/1/11
Legendary US singer and composer Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock-and-roll, performs at a concert in Montevideo on April 15, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/Pablo PORCIUNCULA        (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)
URUGUAY-US-MUSIC-CHUCK BERRY Legendary US singer and composer Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock-and-roll, performs at a concert in Montevideo on April 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Pablo PORCIUNCULA (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary US singer and composer Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock-and-roll, performs at a concert in Montevideo on April 15, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/Pablo PORCIUNCULA        (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)
URUGUAY-US-MUSIC-CHUCK BERRY Legendary US singer and composer Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock-and-roll, performs at a concert in Montevideo on April 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Pablo PORCIUNCULA (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)
Boston, MA - FEBRUARY 26: ___ attends the 2012 Awards for Lyrics of Literary Excellence at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum on February 26, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/Getty Images)
2012 Awards For Lyrics Of Literary Excellence Boston, MA - FEBRUARY 26: ___ attends the 2012 Awards for Lyrics of Literary Excellence at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum on February 26, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/Getty Images)
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Founding father of rock 'n roll Chuck Berry will forever watch over the U. City Loop as a bronze statue of the legend will be dedicated tomorrow. KMOX's Charlie Brennan, who spearheaded the fundraising effort for the statue, will broadcast live from 9 to 11 a.m. tomorrow from the dedication ceremony just across the street from Blueberry Hill. (Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer and musician Chuck Berry 2005 ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Founding father of rock 'n roll Chuck Berry will forever watch over the U. City Loop as a bronze statue of the legend will be dedicated tomorrow. KMOX's Charlie Brennan, who spearheaded the fundraising effort for the statue, will broadcast live from 9 to 11 a.m. tomorrow from the dedication ceremony just across the street from Blueberry Hill. (Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry sings along to the song "Johnny B. Goode" during  a statue dedication in University City, Missouri on July 29, 2011. Berry, who has been refered to as the founder of Rock and Roll, was on hand to dedicate the 8-foot, bronze statue of himself, erected across the street from Blueberry Hill, a club where he continues to perform at.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Rock and Roll founder Chuck Berry statue dedication in St. Louis Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry sings along to the song "Johnny B. Goode" during a statue dedication in University City, Missouri on July 29, 2011. Berry, who has been refered to as the founder of Rock and Roll, was on hand to dedicate the 8-foot, bronze statue of himself, erected across the street from Blueberry Hill, a club where he continues to perform at. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry (L) Blueberry Hill owner Joe Edwards and Ron Isley (R) of the Isley Brothers, pose for a photograph before the statue dedication for Chuck Berry in University City, Missouri on July 29, 2011. Berry, who has been refered to as the founder of Rock and Roll, was on hand to dedicate the 8-foot, bronze statue of himself, erected across the street from Blueberry Hill, a club where he continues to perform.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Rock and Roll founder Chuck Berry statue dedication in St. Louis Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry (L) Blueberry Hill owner Joe Edwards and Ron Isley (R) of the Isley Brothers, pose for a photograph before the statue dedication for Chuck Berry in University City, Missouri on July 29, 2011. Berry, who has been refered to as the founder of Rock and Roll, was on hand to dedicate the 8-foot, bronze statue of himself, erected across the street from Blueberry Hill, a club where he continues to perform. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry makes his way through a crowd of fans prior to a statue dedication in University City, Missouri on July 29, 2011.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Rock and Roll founder Chuck Berry statue dedication in St. Louis Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry makes his way through a crowd of fans prior to a statue dedication in University City, Missouri on July 29, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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Chuck Berry Statue Dedication
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Founding father of rock 'n roll Chuck Berry will forever watch over the U. City Loop as a bronze statue of the legend will be dedicated tomorrow. KMOX's Charlie Brennan, who spearheaded the fundraising effort for the statue, will broadcast live from 9 to 11 a.m. tomorrow from the dedication ceremony just across the street from Blueberry Hill. (Photo by Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images)
US Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Founding father of rock 'n roll Chuck Berry will forever watch over the U. City Loop as a bronze statue of the legend will be dedicated tomorrow. KMOX's Charlie Brennan, who spearheaded the fundraising effort for the statue, will broadcast live from 9 to 11 a.m. tomorrow from the dedication ceremony just across the street from Blueberry Hill. (Photo by Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images)
Chuck Berry plays the Congress Theatre in Chicago, 1/1/11
Chuck Berry In Concert - January 1, 2011 Chuck Berry plays the Congress Theatre in Chicago, 1/1/11
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