Chuck Berry's former St. Louis home up for historic listing

Friday, August 8, 2008 | 7:32 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS - A modest, one-story red-brick house that rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry bought in 1950 will be considered for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Experts on St. Louis landmarks say Berry and his family lived in the home in the city's Ville neighborhood during his most productive early songwriting period.

It was in the house that Berry developed his distinctive guitar style, rehearsed, wrote and recorded many of his classic songs, including "Maybelline," "Johnny B. Goode," and "Roll Over Beethoven." Berry sold the house in 1958.

On Friday, the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recommended the house for inclusion on the National Register.


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