8 Essential Chuck Berry Guitar Videos on YouTube

When the news of Chuck Berry's passing hit this weekend, many of us fell into a deep rabbit hole of Chuck Berry videos on YouTube. Dating as far back as the '50s—the nascent days of television—those Berry performances available online are a master's class on the purest form of rock ‘n’ roll.

Berry made it to age 90 and lived long enough to see his face get carved into the Mt. Rushmore of the electric guitar. His passing is a heartbreaker, but more than anything it gives us a great opportunity to celebrate and explore his life and music.

Here's a look at eight videos from Berry's career that showcase everything that made him one of the most influential performers of the 20th century. From his signature duck walks and spanky solos to his total and unquestionable command of the stage and crowd, this brief survey shows why so many consider Berry to be the true originator of the genre.

“Sweet Little Sixteen” in 1958 from Jazz on a Summer's Day filmed at the Newport Jazz Festival

“Johnny B. Goode” in 1964 from TAMI show

“No Particular Place to Go” and “Roll Over Beethoven”
in 1965 on Face au Public

John Lennon invites Chuck Berry on stage at
The Mike Douglas Show in 1972

"C’est La Vie" in 1972 from BBC Theatre performance

“Nadine” in 1987 with Keith Richards from Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll

“Little Queenie” in 1987 with Keith Richards from
Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll

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