Chuck Berry

  1. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting ...

  2. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 ...

  3. A Queens Kid Reflects on The Ramones

    July 15, 2014 2:49 PM EDT QUEENS -- The only things that the Beatles and Led Zeppelin have on the Ramones is many more millions of fans, record sales and dollars. But before I expound on that statement, in the wake of Tommy Ramone's death last week, let me digress. Th ...

  4. Paul Williams on His Journey From 'Out-of-Work Actor' to President of ASCAP (Q&A)

    February 10, 2014 11:24 AM EST This article first appeared in the new issue of Billboard Magazine. In an era in which the music business has seen unprecedented change and disruption, some things remain constant. The creativity of songwriters and composers lies at the heart of t ...

  5. Branding the Firebrand: How Peter Tosh's Estate Is Revitalizing An Iconic Reggae Artist's Legacy

    December 07, 2012 12:58 PM EST Peter Tosh, a reggae icon whose estate is helping to revive his legacy. (Photograper: Peter Simon; courtesy of The Peter Tosh Estate) Peter Tosh's groundbreaking achievements in taking reggae to the mainstream are remarkable: A founding membe ...

  6. Album Reviews: The Script, Tame Impala, Alejandro Sanz and more

    October 23, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu Producers: Mike Elizondo, Rob Cavallo, Gary Clark Jr. Warner Bros. Records Release Date: Oct. 22 Fat, powerful blues-rock that recalls five decades of various strains of Southern R&B and rock makes for a curious s ...

  7. Indie Band Aranda Teach Music Marketing 101

    October 15, 2012 7:44 AM EDT The band that reached the charts and signed with Wind-up Records -- all thanks to students in Oklahoma. When Chuck Berry sang "Up in the mornin' and out to school/The teacher is teachin' the golden rule," rock'n'rol ...

  8. Backbeat: Capitol Theatre Debuts With Sold-Out Bob Dylan Concert After Lavish Restoration

    September 05, 2012 3:32 PM EDT The renovated Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on opening night. (Photo: Jem Aswad) One of the more welcome developments in the concert industry over the past several years has been the revival of many classic theaters, ranging from the U ...

  9. Grooveshark Wins DMCA Argument in Universal Dispute

    July 11, 2012 12:52 PM EDT It's not a secret that Universal Music isn't much of a fan of Grooveshark, the music discovery service that streams over a billion songs every month. The record giant has been pursuing several court actions against the company, including ...

  10. Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Bassist With Booker T. and the MGs, Stax, Dead at 70

    May 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers as well as a studio musician for the legendary Stax studios who played with countless m ...

  11. Dick Clark Dead at 82

    April 18, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Dick Clark, the revered TV producer whose "American Bandstand," "American Top 40" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve" helped shape modern pop music for decades, died of a "massive heart attack" at a Los A ...

  12. Etta James Dead at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:39 AM EST Etta James, the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera, is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Jame ...

  13. Backbeat: Uruguay's Max Capote Comes Stateside, Promotes Album Following Latin Grammys

    December 06, 2011 5:32 PM EST Who is Max Capote? That's what many music fans were asking recently when they heard the name during the Latin Grammys. Capote was nominated for Best New Artist thanks to his album "Chicle," a collection of music influenced by ' ...

  14. Chuck Berry Returns Home After Onstage Collapse

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Chuck Berry, who fell ill with exhaustion and was escorted from stage during a Chicago concert this weekend, has returned home to suburban St. Louis, a close friend of the rock-and-roll legend said Monday. The 84-year-old performer did not require ...

  15. Chuck Berry Examined By EMTs At Chicago Show

    January 02, 2011 12:00 AM EST Rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry felt ill and was checked out by ambulance medics before a show Saturday night, a Chicago fire official said. An audience member at the show, however, said Berry slumped over during the show and was offstage for at ...

  16. Flo Rida, Chuck Berry, Journey Among Top Downloaded Tracks

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It shouldn't be strange to see Chuck Berry's "Johnnie B. Goode," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin,'" and Michael Jackson's "Black or White" on someone's iPod, as each of these tracks w ...

  17. Dylan, Iggy, Berry Join Virgin Fest

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan, Iggy & The Stooges, Paramore, Chuck Berry (backed by the Silver Beats), the Black Keys and Wilco will join previously announced headliners Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots for the 3rd A ...

  18. Singer Berry Sues Karaoke Distributors

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry has sued three leading karaoke music distributors, claiming they sold sing-along versions of his most popular hits without paying royalties or obtaining licenses. (Reuters) -- Rock 'n' roll pio ...

  19. Rock Hall Of Famer Johnnie Johnson Dies

    April 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Collaborated on hits with Chuck Berry. Collaborated on hits with Chuck Berry. News Chuck Berry ...

  20. Rock Hall Of Famer Johnnie Johnson Dies

    April 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Collaborated on hits with Chuck Berry. ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Johnnie Johnson, a rock'n'roll pioneer who teamed with Chuck Berry for hits like "Roll Over Beethoven" and "No Particular Place to Go," died Wednesday (April 13 ...