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Long and Winding Road: Remembering The Beatles' 1966 concert at Candlestick Park

Long and Winding Road: Remembering The Beatles' 1966 concert at Candlestick Park

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 28 (UPI) --It was 48 years ago today that The Beatles played their last live concert for paying fans, in the now-abandoned arena of Candlestick Park.
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'Back to the Future' stage musical in the works

'Back to the Future' stage musical in the works

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A West End stage musical based on the 1985 science-fiction comedy movie "Back to the Future" is being developed, producers announced Friday.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
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Guitar stolen from Chuck Berry's home

Guitar stolen from Chuck Berry's home

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Three men have been arrested for allegedly vandalizing rock 'n' roll musician Chuck Berry's Missouri home and stealing an electric guitar, police said.
Chuck Berry lawsuit settled

Chuck Berry lawsuit settled

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A 2009 lawsuit filed in St. Louis, Mo., against rock 'n' roll icon Chuck Berry has been settled, the lawyers involved in the case said.
Historic Howard Theatre reopens this week

Historic Howard Theatre reopens this week

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- The Howard Theatre, a historic African-American arts landmark in Washington, is reopening this week after a $29 million renovation and 32-year hiatus.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011.
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Chuck Berry statue unveiled in St. Louis

Chuck Berry statue unveiled in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, July 31 (UPI) -- Rock 'n' roll icon Chuck Berry told the crowd on hand for the unveiling of a statue in his honor in St. Louis it was "an honor just to have you walk by."
Missouri to get Chuck Berry statue

Missouri to get Chuck Berry statue

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo., June 28 (UPI) -- A bronze statue of rock 'n' roll icon Chuck Berry is to be installed in University City, Mo., this week, officials said.
Chuck Berry falls ill at concert

Chuck Berry falls ill at concert

CHICAGO, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- An ambulance crew from the Chicago Fire Department checked rock legend Chuck Berry after he fell ill at a concert at the Congress Theater, officials said.
Chuck Berry's house listed as historic

Chuck Berry's house listed as historic

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The St. Louis, Mo., home where Chuck Berry lived when he recorded "Johnny B. Goode" and "Maybelline" is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.
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Chuck Berry
Rocker Chuck Berry performs in concert at Elysee Montmartre in Paris, France on November 12, 2005. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Born into a middle class family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he served a prison sentence for armed robbery between 1944 and 1947. On his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of blues player T-Bone Walker, he was performing in the evenings with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May, 1955, and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records. With Chess he recorded "Maybellene"—Berry's adaptation of the country song "Ida Red"—which sold over a million copies, reaching #1 on Billboard's Rhythm and Blues chart. By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star with several hit records and film appearances to his name as well as a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis-based nightclub, called Berry's Club Bandstand. But in January, 1962, Berry was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines.

After his release in 1963, Berry had several more hits, including "No Particular Place To Go", "You Never Can Tell", and "Nadine", but these did not achieve the same success, or lasting impact, of his 1950s songs, and by the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgic live performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality. His insistence on being paid cash led to a jail sentence in 1979—four months and community service for tax evasion.

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