Chuck Berry

image for Chuck Berry
Exhibition Label
Born Saint Louis, Missouri
An inaugural inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Chuck Berry was credited with revolutionizing the music scene of the 1950s. He was a major influence on the emergence of rock and roll, blending lyrics about cars, women, and teenage life with the driving combination of rhythm and blues and country and western music. Known for his showmanship on stage and his guitar solos, Berry set the standard for rock performers. A special feature of this work is the imagined "Maybellene," who stands on the neck of the guitar at the center. According to the artist, Red Grooms, he "gave the great Rock and Roller the futurist treatment and made sure the color scheme would work in any cool cat’s parlor."
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Red Grooms / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Object number
Red Grooms, born 7 Jun 1937
Chuck Berry, 18 Oct 1926 - 18 Mar 2017
Music\Musical instrument\Guitar
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie
Chuck Berry: Male
Chuck Berry: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Chuck Berry: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Chuck Berry: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Screenprint with collage on paper
Sheet: 81.1 x 64.8 cm (31 15/16 x 25 1/2")
National Portrait Gallery