Losing Chuck Berry to the ages

Rock and roll pioneer and legend Chuck Berry died Saturday at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri, not far from St. Louis. Although I grew up with his music, I saw him in concert during the 1970s while photographing the Mississippi River Festival on the campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville just across […]

Chantilly Lace

In the 50s, two hits epitomized the the dirty old man aspect of rock music of that era: Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” Of the two, J.P. Richardson — aka The Big Bopper — was all leer, from the opening “Hello Baby!” to the closing “Oh Baby That’s What […]