Chuck Berry practically invented the terms “rock god” and “rock icon”. Without his showmanship, songwriting style and energetic guitar style, this whole rock & roll thing might not have even happened. It at least would not be known as it is today.
The rock world realized this at least as far back as 1986, when Chuck celebrated his 60th birthday in style with two epic concerts on October 16, 1986 featuring plenty of famous guests. Above is a live clip of Chuck’s cover of T-Bone Walkers’s “Mean Old World” with guest performances by Eric Clapton, Chuck Leveall and others.
Also among the guest performers during the concerts were Keith Richards, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, Julian Lennon, Etta James, and an uncredited Joe Walsh. Filmmaker Taylor Hackford filmed the whole thing as part of his documentary Hail! Hail! Rock & Roll celebrating Berry’s legacy in rock music.
Check out more clips from the concerts and the awesome performances from Clapton & Co. in the videos below.
“Rock & Roll Music” (feat. Etta James)
“Wee Wee Hours” (feat. Eric Clapton)
Guitar Jam w/ Eric Clapton & Keith Richards
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