And Jerry Lee Lewis, last of the 50's Rock 'n' Roll men left standing.
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I was listening to Johnnie Johnson's "Johnnie B Bad" this weekend. He was Chuck's keyboard player for many years and supposedly co-wrote "Roll Over Beethoven" and several other classics with Berry. Chuck wrote "Johnny B Goode" in his honor. This solo album is good fun with Keith Richards and Eric Clapton playing guitar in his band.
Chuck and Johnnie played clubs and bars together for a while before all those classic Chuck Berry songs were recorded. There are those who believe some of Chuck's songs actually originated with Johnnie, as they were written in "horn keys", not the keys songs written on guitar are in. Those keys ARE ones songs written on piano are done in, however. Don't blame the messenger!
Many, many yeas back, I saw Chuck Berry play in a friend's backyard for his birthday party. My friend told me that Chuck had two young local guys he used as a rhythm section for private shows in the NYC metro area. They got paid by the hour. Chuck got a nice payday - also in cash, also paid up front. Chuck didn't really play a show, he ran a business.