Chuck Berry Lives On In The U. City Loop

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Rock ‘n roll pioneer and icon Chuck Berry may be gone, but his memory lives on in the University City Loop.

The statue of Berry at the entrance to Ackert Walkway on Delmar Blvd. continues to generate stuffed animals, beads, leis and other odds and ends left by the singer’s fans.

Across the street at Vintage Vinyl, the marqee notes “HAIL, HAIL ROCK & ROLL/CHUCK BERRY RIP.” On the Vintage Vinyl west exterior wall, a Berry-themed mural is going up.

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You can also find a number of Berry’s classic albums inside the store, including the “After School Session” and “Best of the Chess Years.”

If you’re on a budget and want to get a lot of Berry in one small package, a good option is “The Great 28,” which is just that: 28 of his most popular hits. That includes “Mabellene,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and “No Particular Place To Go.”

There’s one more big send-off planned April 9, just a couple of blocks north of University City’s eastern border at The Pageant, 6161 Delmar, where the public can pay final respects to Berry from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.


Author: Bill Motchan

I am a freelance writer and photographer. For fun, I play golf and listen to Little Feat. I am also on a longterm quest to learn to play blues and jazz piano and organ.