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2012: Chuck Berry


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University honored rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry during the 17th annual American Music Masters® series in October 2012. Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry, a weeklong celebration, told the story of one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Berry has had a lifetime of brilliant musicianship and has inspired nearly every rock artist to date.

“Chuck Berry created the language of rock and roll,” said Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “We stand on his foundation, and we are thrilled to honor him and welcome him to Cleveland.”

The annual program began on Monday, October 22, 2012, and featured interviews, panels, films and educational programs throughout the week, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. On Saturday, October 27, a conference was held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, exploring Berry’s impact on popular music. The tribute concert was held Saturday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theater in Cleveland. Tribute artists included:

Ernie Isley
Darryl McDaniels 
Joe Bonamassa
Rick Derringer
Rosie Flores
John Fullbright
Merle Haggard
Ronnie Hawkins
David Johansen
Lemmy Kilmister
JD McPherson
Malina Moye
Chuck Prophet
Vernon Reid
Duke Robillard
Ray Sharpe
Earl Slick
M. Ward


The series is sponsored by Republic Steel and Panasonic Automotive.

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I’m happy to be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. I’m looking forward to reelin’ and rockin’ in Cleveland.
- Chuck Berry