Pioneer Chuck Berry focus of week-long Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebration

CLEVELAND - Chuck Berry will be honored during a week of events at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame's 17th Annual American Music Masters week begins Monday, Oct. 22, but on Thursday, a new exhibit featuring the music icon will open to the public.

"Chuck Berry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the very first year. He was also the first person to receive a statue" said Jason Hanley, Director of Education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Among some of the new Berry items on display is a copy of Maybellene, his first single on Chess records. Concert posters and a copy of his first recording contract are also on display.

There will be events held all next week at the museum, and the week-long Chuck Berry celebration will end with an all-star tribute concert on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the State Theater.

Scheduled to appear are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ernie Isley and Darryl DMC McDaniels,  Joe Bonamassa, Rick Derringer, Rosie Flores, John Fullbright, David Johansen, Ronnie Hawkins, Steve Jordan, Malina Moye, JD McPherson, Lemmy Kilmister, Merle Haggard, Chuck Prophet, Vernon Reid, Duke Robillard, Ray Sharpe and Earl Slick.

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