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Chuck Berry Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Chuck Berry worth? $10 Million

How did Chuck Berry earn his money and wealth?

Chuck Berry was a singer, songwriter as well as one of the pioneers of rock and roll music from the United States. He was born on October 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri and died on March 18, 2017. He grew up with five other siblings at the Ville which was in the north of St. Louis. He was interested in music from his childhood and he pursued it from a very early age. One of his earliest performances was in 1941 at Sumner High School while he was still a student. He was arrested for armed robbery and was sent to the Reformatory for Young Men at Algoa for three years. While in the detention facility he formed a singing quartet and did well enough to be allowed to perform outside the detention facility.

Berry married Themetta “Toddy” Suggs on October 28, 1948. They had a daughter on October 3, 1950, and named her Darlin Ingrid Berry. Berry worked as a factory worker at two automobile assembly plants apart from working as a janitor in the apartment building where he lived with his wife in order to support his family.

He would perform with local bands at the clubs in St. Louis to earn some extra income. He even took guitar classes from his friend Ira Harris which went on to define his guitar style. He traveled to Chicago in 1955 and recorded “Maybellene” which sold over a million copies. It peaked at number one on the Billboard magazine’s rhythm and blues chart. His next single “Roll Over Beethoven” was released in June 1955 and peaked at number 29 on the Billboard’s Top 100 chart.

He had a string of hit singles including “Rock and Roll Music”, “School Days”, “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” all of which made it to the US Top 10. He became a high-profile established star by the end of the 1950s. He had a lucrative touring career along with film appearances. He went to prison from February 1962 to October 1963 after he was convicted of having a sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. After his release from jail he released more hit singles like “Nadine”, “You Can Never Tell” and “No Particular Place to Go”.

He released “Back Home” in 1970 which did not do very well commercially. He followed it up with the release of “The London Chuck Berry Sessions” in 1972. He continued performing and touring from 1980 to until the time of his death in 2017.

What are the highest selling music albums of Chuck Berry?

  1. My Ding-A-Ling (1972): #1
  2. No Particular Place to Go (1964): #10
  3. You Can Never Tell (1964): #14
  4. Carol (1958): #18
  5. Nadine (Is That You?) (1964): #23

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