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Mar. 19, 2017 — Chuck Berry, 1926-2017

Several times a year, your Founder helps organize the volunteers to put on dance events at a national park near the nation’s capital.

At least once a year, the main attraction is a boogie-woogie pianist whose name is Daryl Davis. He also had a unique insight into the life of music legend Chuck Berry, who died yesterday. Davis was one of Berry’s sidemen during some of his most troubled times, when he was dealing with the effects of alcohol and drugs.

As such, Davis had gotten to learn several of Berry’s guitar licks — and learned them very well, to the point where if Berry couldn’t complete the show, Davis would pick up a Gibson guitar and go right on playing.

While you might get to know the rock-n-roll legend through his variety of songs, I got to know Berry through Davis and his storytelling, which is captured brilliantly in this story. Have at it.

And make sure sometime soon, you take a ride in your automobile, cruise and play something on the radio, with no particular place to go.