Chuck Berry's house listed as historic

Dec. 16, 2008 at 5:32 PM
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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.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said city officials learned of the listing of the rock 'n' roll pioneer's former home in the Greater Ville neighborhood on Monday.

Berry, 82, lived in the basement of the shotgun-style brick house from 1950-1958 with his wife and daughter, and rented out the first floor.

"That's great news," Berry friend Joe Edwards told the newspaper of the now run-down home's new distinction. "Hopefully, it will be preserved as a result."

The house fell into foreclosure a few years ago and appears to be for sale.

Berry, who still travels and performs, could not be reached for comment, the Post-Disptach said.

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