Chuck Berry Health Scare Brings Rock Icon Back in News


Earlier today Chuck Berry’s representatives issued a terse statement on Chuck’s condition:

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Due to exhaustion, Mr. Berry was unable to complete his scheduled performance in Chicago at the Congress Theatre January 1, 2011. However, he is fine and has returned to his home near St. Louis.

That’s the entire statement! Chuck had played B.B King’s Club in New York the night before, but from the git go had trouble with his band in Chicago the next night. Chuck’s next gig is scheduled for the 19th of this month at a club in his hometown of St. Louis where he regularly performs. As of now, that date is still on.

All we can do is hope it was just exhaustion and send our prayers and good thoughts his way.

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Chuck Berry In Concert – January 1, 2011

CHICAGO – JANUARY 01: Chuck Berry returns to the stage after collapsing at the Congress Theater on January 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Chuck Berry returns home after

health scare

We hate to see it take a health issue to bring perhaps the leading living legend of Rock & Roll back to the public eye, but 84-year-young Chuck Berry started off the year with a bang. Reports have him slumping over his piano, reportedly due to exhaustion, then having to cancel the concert and return home January 1.

By JIM SALTER , 01.03.11, 12:27 PM EST

ST. LOUIS — Chuck Berry, who fell ill with exhaustion and was escorted from stage during a Chicago concert this weekend, has returned home to suburban St. Louis, a close friend of the rock-and-roll legend said Monday.

The 84-year-old performer did not require hospitalization and Berry’s friend, Joe Edwards, said he appeared to have fully recovered.

“I think it was just exhaustion,” Edwards said, noting that Berry played two shows in New York on New Year’s Eve, then flew to Chicago where he played at the Congress Theater on Saturday night.

“I think by the time the concert in Chicago got near the end he just got tired,” he said.

Berry’s agent, Dick Alen, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the singer “feels tired but good.”

Edwards said Berry returned to his home in Wentzville, Mo., on Sunday afternoon, and that he is feeling well enough to prepare for a Jan. 19 concert at Blueberry Hill in University City, Mo. Berry has performed monthly concerts at the popular bar and restaurant that Edwards owns since 1996.

Associated Press

From New World Encyclopedia

Chuck Berry
Berry in Örebro, Sweden on July 18, 2007.

Berry in Örebro, Sweden on July 18, 2007.
Background information
Birth nameCharles Edward Anderson Berry
BornOctober 18 1926 (1926-10-18) (age 84)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Genre(s)Rock and roll
Occupation(s)Guitarist, Songwriter
Instrument(s)Guitar, Vocals
Years active1955 – present
Notable instrument(s)
Gibson ES-335
Gibson ES-125

Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In terms of performance, song-writing, and guitar playing, Berry is considered one of, if not the greatest of the pioneer rock-and-roll artists. His catalog of early rock hits includes some of the most iconic

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No Stopping DOC SEVERINSON – Last of the Johnny Carson Triumvirate ‘ Working Harder Than Ever’


Johnny Carson Band Leader

There’s No Stopping at 83

Doc Severinson is going stronger than ever. Now living in Mexico, Severinson still tours heavily , has a new CD and says he ‘is now working harder than ever.” ,after trying to retire – which is the thing one’s ‘supposed to do’ at age 79′ Severinson couldn’t stand it. He happened upon a couple ‘ world class trumpeters’ playing a small dive near his new Mexico home and asked them if they’d be interested in working with him. They didn’t know who he was at first, but the rest is history, as they say…

‘I want to be remembered as a guy who played way beyond the age when trum -Doc Severinson , Johnny Carson’s longtime band leader

pet players are not supposed to be able to play anymore.’


(Editor’ s Note: Before we continue with the rest of this remarkable story of a remarkable, if overlooked man today, let me just say that this is just another excample of an older person,a Senior, or Senor , in Mexico, who has been neglected, overlooked, forgotten or however you want to say it – by the folks in the US where he was a star for so many years. Why isn’t this still-talented, interesting and colorful man no longer seen on the Tonight Show, or most other media . Because the media and rest of us have neglected our heros of yesterday. If it weren’t for NPR and the interview you can listen to here, we wouldn’t have known about Severinson’s new projects.

It’s funny that , as much as a recluse Johnny Carson became after retiring, the opposite can be said of Severinson. Ed McMahon, who was the other third of the Tonight Show Gang Leaders also worked until his recent passing at 86.)

Ask Doc about retirement and the answer you will get leaves you with a very clear impression: he is not ready to hang up his horn or his traveling shoes.

Since moving to Mexico at the end of 2006, Doc has kept a busy performance schedule and made new discoveries in two very talented musicians from Mexico. Together with these gentlemen, Doc has crafted an innovative and exciting program.

El Ritmo de la Vida” is, of course, “the rhythm of life,” a very apt description of Gil Gutierrez and Pedro Cartas and their music. It is classical Spanish with a jazz flair, gorgeous ballads, both Latino and American, plus some great movie music,and among their best received — gypsy jazz, a la Django Reinhardt. Each are virtuosos and combined are electric. Add to this the soaring trumpet of Doc (not to mention his wardrobe!) and the experience is indescribably brilliant.

Trumpet Spectacular

‘Doc’ is now a resident of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and first heard Gil and Pedro playing at an Italian bistro to throngs of admirers, both American and Latino. He later recorded a few tunes with them and then immediately asked to join them.
According to ‘Doc’: “I came to Mexico with retirement on my mind, but when I heard them play I knew that I would be playing with them for some time to come. Latino music, along with the blues, has always been among my favorites, and Gil and Pedro do it along with a European style that I love and so do our audiences.
They are mature, gifted young men who play great, look great, and PLUS, we share a great lifestyle together. Our music is totally organic to us.”

 Collectors Choice Music

Recordings from Doc

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