Chuck is released from Algoa Reformatory after serving three years of a ten year sentence for armed robbery.
Johnnie Johnson asks Chuck to be a replacement ailing saxophonist.
Needing a replacement for an ailing saxophonist for a New Year’s Eve show, pianist/bandleader Johnnie Johnson asks Chuck for a hand.
Chuck lands a contract with Chess Records.
Chuck gets a record contact and releases his first hit, 'Maybellene'.
'Maybellene' reaches #5 of the charts for 11 weeks.
"Maybellene" is released. It will reach #5 on the pop chart and top the R&B chart for 11 weeks.
“Thirty Days” hits #8 on the R&B chart.
“Thirty Days” hits #8 on the charts.
“Roll Over Beethoven” enters the charts.
“Roll Over Beethoven” enters the charts, where it will make it at #7.
Chuck Berry buys 30 acres of farmland outside Wentzville, Missouri,
Chuck Berry buys farmland outside Wentzville, Missouri, that he will develop into Berry Park.
“Rock and Roll Music,” by Chuck Berry, enters the pop chart.
'Rock and Roll music' will peak at #8 pop and #6 R&B.
“School Day" tops the R&B chart for the first of five weeks.
His first LP, After School Session, is released this month as well
“Johnny B. Goode,” Chuck Berry’s all-time rock and roll classic is released
“Johnny B. Goode” hits #8 pop and #5 R&B.
“Sweet Little Sixteen,” Chuck Berry's biggest hit, is released.
“Sweet Little Sixteen,” reaches #2 on Billboard's pop chart and top the R&B chart for three weeks.
Chuck Berry’s Berry Land Amusement Park opens outside St. Louis.
Chuck Berry’s Berry Land Amusement Park will shut down later this year after Berry’s arrest on a morals charge.
Berry sues the Beach Boys.
"Surfin' U.S.A.," by the Beach Boys, enters the Top 40, where it will peak at #3. Berry later sues and receives a songwriting credit, citing copyright infringement.
Chuck Berry is released from prison on his 37th birthday.
Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving two years of a three-year sentence. He had been convicted for violating the Mann Act, forbidding transportation of a minor across state lines for purposes of prostitution.
No Particular Place to Go” enters the charts.
No Particular Place to Go” enters the charts, where it will peak at #10 pop and #9 R&B.
'Dear Dad' enters Billboards Hot 100
“Dear Dad” will peak at #95 pop and #90 R&B. It will be Berry’s last charting single for seven years
Chuck Berry signs with Mercury Records.
signing with Mercury Records, ends an 11-year association with the Chess label.
Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade is released.
Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade is a compilation of his classic hits for Chess Records.
Chuck Berry signs with Chess Records
1970 Chuck Berry signs for a second time with Chess Records, his original label.
"My Ding-A-Ling” tops the pop chart.
"My Ding-A-Ling” is his first and only Number One pop hit.
The London Chuck Berry Sessions is certified gold (500,000 sold) by the RIAA.
The single “My Ding-A-Ling” received a similar certification six weeks earlier.
The London Chuck Berry Sessions is released.
The London Chuck Berry Sessions became Berry's highest-charting album, reaching #8.
1979 Chuck Berry performs at the White House at the request of President.
A month later, Berry begins serving a five-month sentence at California’s Lompoc Prison Camp for tax evasion.
Rock It is released on Atco Records.
It is the rock and roll pioneer’s last album of new material to date.
Chuck Berry receives a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chuck Berry receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards. He is cited as "one of the most influential and creative innovators in the history of American popular music."
Chuck Berry is inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.
Inducted at the first induction dinner. His presenter is Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
Child-abuse charges against Chuck Berry are dropped.
He receives two years of probation on a misdemeanour marijuana-possession charge.
Chuck Berry performs for the Rock and Roll hall of fame
Backed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Berry performs "Johnny B. Goode" and "Rock and Roll Music" at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Chuck Berry receives the Kennedy Center Honors.
Chuck Berry receives the Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. His fellow honorees are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Placido Domingo, Angela Lansbury and Clint Eastwood.