Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll !!!
I would anxiously await his every release. Chuck was Rock and Roll to many of us. Lee Arthur Rhodes, a disc jockey from WQIC — " th' Black spot on yo' dial" — would come by and load that Student Activities building jukebox with Chuck Berry's latest and it would play almost non-stop for days.
Chuck Berry provided his teenage fans with an outlet to express the feelings and desires that 1950's society taught them they were not supposed to have.
Roll Over Beethoven
|History courtesy of Charles (Buddy) Broome:|
John Harvey, Fred Ross and I signed Chuck at
Fred Ross's mobile home on Hwy 80 in Jackson.
Chuck was very polite and looking sharp in his
silk suit and bebop cap. He drank a beer with us
and didn't seem at all troubled about doing
business with juveniles. (I believe John was 18,
Fred was 17, and I was 16.)
My last image of Chuck was someone leading
him out a side door at the Key Field Officer's
Club to hide him after the problem arose.
I think I remember the girl. I'm sure some of you do, too. If you do, keep it to yourself. Going on Medicare automatically absolves us of all our youthful impulsiveness.