UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – In the aftermath of Rock n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry’s death, a close friend of his sheds light on what made Berry so special to St. Louis.
Berry’s performances helped put “Blueberry Hill” on the world map and his music and duck walk will live on inside the walls of Blueberry Hill’s famed "Duck Room."
Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill and close friend of Berry, said Berry performed in the Duck Room more than 200 times.
“He loved performing and really connecting with an audience,” Edwards said.
People from across the world know the words to Berry’s songs but his heart has always stayed in his hometown.
“He loved St. Louis, he never left St. Louis,” Edwards said. “Other superstars moved on to further their careers but he was a strong willed man that wanted to be with his family.”
And although he’s gone, Berry isn’t done releasing music as his new album will be released later this year.
“I wish he’d just lived a little longer to hear that first single on the radio,” Edwards said.
Edwards said the album will likely come out this summer.
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