“CHUCK, it’s Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry. You know that new sound you’re looking for? Well, listen to this!”
Musician Chuck Berry and his work with the electric guitar was considered so avantgarde, that Back to the Future (1985) decided to have a little fun, suggesting in the movie that Chuck merely copied the riff off of Marty McFly, the movie’s time-traveling protagonist. The famous scene saw Marty, played by Michael J. Fox, jamming to some rock and roll in a school dance in 1955, playing some Chuck Berry riffs. The house band’s leader, Marvin, thought it was the sound “Chuck” was looking for. So while Marty was riffing his face off, Marvin called Chuck, held the phone up for Chuck to listen.
Thus, the movie suggests that Chuck Berry copied Marty McFly.
Just one little problem though. If Marty listened to Chuck in 1985 before he started time-traveling, and considered him a guitar hero in the future, that means Chuck couldn’t have possibly copied the guitar-style from Marty. No it’s not a plot hole. It’s just the fact that in the world of modern rock and roll, no other person comes close to what Chuck contributed. Well, not unless that other Chuck—the one who does push-ups and the world moves down instead of his body rising from the ground—tries to beat Berry to the top spot.
Seriously though, Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry is easily one of the reasons why the electric guitar is played how it’s played today. The man however, after a long life, recently passed away. He was 90.
Here’s a surprise for fans of the old-school music or those who wish to be students of rock and roll. Chuck Berry was scheduled to release a debut single off his first new studio album in nearly four decades.
The album is simple called Chuck.
“While studios often release tribute albums of classics or unused material after an artist dies, Berry’s upcoming album featuring mostly original songs was announced in October. His last new studio album, Rock It, was released in 1979,” stated an article by the Associated Press.
One last time, make some noise, Chuck.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 21, 2017.
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