Chuck Berry born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Chuck is released from Algoa Reformatory after serving three years of a ten year sentence for armed robbery.
Needing a replacement for an ailing saxophonist for a New Year’s Eve show, pianist/bandleader Johnnie Johnson asks Chuck for a hand.
“Thirty Days” hits #8 on the charts.
"Maybellene" is released. It will reach #5 on the pop chart and top the R&B chart for 11 weeks.
Chuck gets a record contact and releases his first hit, 'Maybellene'.
“Roll Over Beethoven” enters the charts, where it will make it at #7.
Chuck Berry buys farmland outside Wentzville, Missouri, that he will develop into Berry Park.
'Rock and Roll music' will peak at #8 pop and #6 R&B.
His first LP, After School Session, is released this month as well
“Johnny B. Goode” hits #8 pop and #5 R&B.
“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 will shut down later this year after Berry’s arrest on a morals charge.
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.
"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.
No Particular Place to Go” enters the charts, where it will peak at #10 pop and #9 R&B.
“Dear Dad” will peak at #95 pop and #90 R&B. It will be Berry’s last charting single for seven years
signing with Mercury Records, ends an 11-year association with the Chess label.
Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade is a compilation of his classic hits for Chess Records.
1970 Chuck Berry signs for a second time with Chess Records, his original label.
The single “My Ding-A-Ling” received a similar certification six weeks earlier.
"My Ding-A-Ling” is his first and only Number One pop hit.
The London Chuck Berry Sessions became Berry's highest-charting album, reaching #8.
It is the rock and roll pioneer’s last album of new material to date.
A month later, Berry begins serving a five-month sentence at California’s Lompoc Prison Camp for tax evasion.
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."
Inducted at the first induction dinner. His presenter is Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
He receives two years of probation on a misdemeanour marijuana-possession charge.
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 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.