Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry got his last call from cousin Marvin today, at the age of 90! One of the inaugural inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Berry is frequently included in Greatest Rock Artists, Greatest Rock Performers, Greatest Guitarists, and Greatest Composers of Lewd Entendre Songs lists. “Johnny B. Goode” was named the Greatest Guitar Song of All-Time by Rolling Stone in 2004, a choice no doubt influenced by Marty McFly’s slaying of said number at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in 1955. The 1950s also saw such Berry classics as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “No Particular Place to Go,” “You Never Can Tell,” “Memphis, Tennessee,” and “Sweet Little Sixteen.” His last #1 wouldn’t come until 1972, with that classic ode to the male war-hammer, “My Ding-a-Ling.” His is the only rock and roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record, sent into deep space for future alien ears! His house in St. Louis during the 1950’s is on the National Register of Historic Places! Chuck Berry, as much as anyone who has ever lived, was rock and roll.
Chuck is the third Eleven Year Man (have to come up with a more elegant name for these folks) to leave us this year, after Judge Wapner and Lou Duva. He bounced around five different teams in the first six years of the pool (Baxter, Munchak, Sean, Sam, and Bomba, in that order) before landing with the Gardons in 2013, his home ever since. These 20 points are the first tally of ’17 for the Gardons! 75% of the teams are now in the game! Well done!
Replacement pick due by next Saturday!