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03-20-17 08:00 AM - Post#1696031
In response to NYRfan
The guy was incredibly smart. Just listening too him in an interview was a treat. I guess you don't invent rock & roll and remain one of it's greats for 70 years, without a helluva mind.
The guy literally invented most of the stories that are embedded in modern music. And most of the showmanship / routines. They had a clip of him yesterday where he said the the duckwalk was just him trying to get up from from falling down, and people cheered so much that he kept it as a thing.
He was also an incredible scumbag. Excerpt:
"...Berry's 1961 conviction for the transportation of a 14-year-old girl across a state border for "immoral purposes", and his 1990 decision to pay a settlement to 59 women who accused him of secretly filming them in bathrooms in his Missouri restaurant, and subsequently brought a class action lawsuit against him."
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