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Yes, Chuck was an idol raised on the North side of St. Louis and was more likely labelled early as an R&b artist; most folks would probably consider St. Louis as the second most "blues roots" area after Memphis I think. Did not know that his first number one was not until 1972 - thank you! I am sure that "Maybelline" (as a crossover hit?) must have been in the pop top ten though. I personally liked "Roll Over Beethoven." One more observation: unlike today one performance difference in my opinion is that lead singer's in the 1950s and 60s also by design, training, or demands were VERY GOOD GUITAR PLAYERS as well as singers; not just playing five chords and hanging it around their neck! Think Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, ad infinitum. They all could pick the notes during the bridge in songs.
Here's some Chuck Berry songs: