Chuck Berry 1958

Chuck Berry faces weapon charge

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

June 3 / 1958

Charles (Chuck) Berry, St. Louis rock'n'roll guitarist and singer, was at liberty today on a $1000 bond on a warrant charging the carrying of a concealed weapon. The warrant was issued yesterday by Magistrate Webster Karrenbrook of St. Charles.

Berry and a woman companion were arrested on the western outskirts of St. Charles as he was changing a flat tire on his pink Cadillac. A state Highway Patrol Trooper made the arrest when he found a 25-cliber automatic pistol of foreign make under the front site. It held a clip containing 10 cartridges.

Berry, who said he was returning from a singing engagement at Omaha, Nebraska, was fined a total of $30 by Magistrate Karrenbrook on two chargesb of having an expired driver's licence and of improper registration of his automobil. The machine was registered in New York.

From about $1500 in his pocket, Berry paid the fine and put up his own cash bond of $1000 and $250 for his woman companion who was being held as a material witness. A preliminary hearing on the concealed weapons charge was set for June 20.

The singer said he carried the pistol for protection since he frequently was paid in cash for nightclub and theater appearances. He listed his address as 3137 Whittier street.

Among the popular recordings made by Berry, "Johnny B. Goode" is his current hit. He also recorded such best sellers as "Maybellene" and "Sweet Little Sixteen".

Berry told authorities he had served three and one-half years of a 10-year armed robbery sentence at Algoa Intermediate Reformatory. The sentence was imposed at Kansas City in 1944, he was quoted as saying.


Charles E. (Chuck) Berry arrested in traffic case

St. Louis post Dispatch

July 11 / 1958

Charles E. (Chuck) Berry, rock'n'roll guitarist and singer, who was scheduled for trail on a concealed weapons charge in St. Charles today, was arrested early today on a traffic charge in St. Louis county.

Berry, accompanied by a young woman, was arrested when county police saw him weaving in traffic. Warrants charging careless driving and improper state license plates were issued by Magistrate Lessie T. Lewis. Berry was released on $500 bond returnable next Wednesday.

The St. Charles arrest ockurred last June 2 when State Highway Patrol Trooper found a 25 caliber automatic pistol He was fined a total of $30 this time for having an expired state drivers license and improper registration of his automobile. Berry gave his address at 3137 whittier Street.


Rock'n'roll singer fined for rock'n'roll driving

St. Louis Post Dispatch

July 17 / 1958

Charles E. (Chuck) Berry, a rock'n'roll performer, was fined $15 yeasterday by magistrate leslie T. Lewis at Clayton on his plea of guilty of careless driving and having improper license plates.

Berry was arrested last Friday by St. Louis county police after they observed the singers automobile weving in Natural Bridge road. The car bore a New York license olate, but he gave his address as 3137 Whittier street. An attorney entered the plea for Berry, who did not appear in court.


Review

Billboard

Augusti 18 / 1958

Chuck Berry

Carol (Arc, BMI) Chess 1700

Hey Pedro (Arc, BMI) Chess 1700

Chuck Berry, the rock'n'roller who owns one of the most exciting sounds in the business, gets a chance to display his talent once again wia his new Chess outing. And the chanter never sounded better, vocally or instrumentally, as he pounds out a hard-hitting gal-titled rocker dubbed "Carol". As soon as the kids get wind of this one they'll be flocking to the stores. The flipside, "Hey Pedro", is an infectious instrumental cha-cha with Chuck interjecting a few Mexican-styled lines along the way.


Review

Billboard

November 1 / 1958

Chuck Berry

Joe Joe Gun (Arc, BMI)

Sweet Little Rock And Roller (Arc, BMI)

Chuck Berry, recently on the boards with his "Carol" click, and a veteran of many pop - R&B hits, has a hot new coupling for his many fans. "Joe Joe Gun" is a thrilling rocker about a meddlesome monkey and his jungle adventures. Beat filled folk-flavored rocker that drives and drives. Cute lyric too. Flip is another good jumper right up the teeners' alley.


Review

Billboard

December 6 / 1958

Chuck Berry

Run Rudolph Run (Arc, BMI) Chess 1714

Merry Christmas Baby (Arc, BMI) Chess 1714

R & R star Chuck Berry hops on the Xmas bandwagon with a hep rockin' novelty about a lad awating Rudolph and Santa so he can get his rock and roll guitar. Torrid driving beat will keep the teen feet happy. In "Merry Christmas Baby" Chuck turns in a slow bluesy reading of pretty Christmas romancer.

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