Plans for St. Louis-area Chuck Berry statue move forward

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 9:45 a.m. CDT; updated 3:49 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 28, 2011

UNIVERSITY CITY — The rock legend known for such hits as "Johnny B. Goode" will be getting a statue in suburban St. Louis, but not everyone thinks that's so great.

University City's City Council on Monday night refused to block installation of an 8-foot bronze sculpture by artist Harry Weber honoring 84-year-old Chuck Berry.

Entrepreneur Joe Edwards and KMOX radio host Charles Brennan have led a fundraising drive for the statue across from Edwards' Blueberry Hill, where Berry has performed some 160 times.

Edwards figures the statue will be a tourism draw. However, critics have raised issues with whether it should be placed on city-owned land, and with the fact that Berry spent time in jail.

Edwards said the sculpture is to be installed Thursday or Friday, with a formal dedication scheduled for July 29.

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