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Comment of the Day: Chuck Berry Is a Criminal

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Today's comment comes in response to Kelsey Whipple's scoop about the controversy in University City over a statue honoring Chuck Berry. As Whipple reported, one local activist wants to stop the project over Berry's felony convictions.

A reader named Daryl Davis weighed in, defending Berry -- drawing the following rebuke from reader Wolfgang Guhl:

Just for clarification purposes: Daryl Davis is, as insiders know, Chuck Berry's piano player and most probably only defends him to put himself into the position to get further playing jobs. Chuck Berry has been convicted of crimes multiple times.And that's a fact, dear Daryl. Put your rose tinted glasses down and accepted the fact that Chuck Berry is a criminal, no matter how great his music and influence is and regardless of his skin color and the fact he indeed suffered from racism (as did B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino et cetera, who did not turn into criminals though). Daryl, you are a great, great person, but if ethical standards mean something to you, you should finally face the truth and stop defending the rotten personality of our musical hero, who happens to be a first class fraud. We can easily enjoy his music without spreading fairy tales about the wonderful person he is (in fact not). I am not sure whether he deserves this statue, I will leave it up for the people in charge to decide.


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Tim Stevens
Tim Stevens

I've got money the statue will go up as planned regardless. This country was built on criminal activity and it's as American as baseball, apple pie and chevrolet.

Peter
Peter

What a weird, sad "comment" to publish.  Daryl Davis knows Chuck Berry.  Wolfgang Guhl does not.  (He sat near him him once in the lobby of a hotel, and crossed paths once in a hotel elevator.)  At any rate, if St. Louis can't get it together to honor one of their greatest citizens, please send the statue to Seattle.  I'll find a spot for it.  (We've already GOT a bronze statue of Chuck Berry in Seattle, right around the block from the statue of our local hero and Berry student Jimi Hendrix.  But there's room for another.)

Jeffery Anderson
Jeffery Anderson

Bill Clinton is a sex criminal and Barack Obama is a damned socialist.

guest
guest

For some perspective on Real criminals: George W. Bush is a war criminal and Ronald Reagan should have served time for treason when he sold weapons to our enemy, Iran.

Wolfgang Guhl
Wolfgang Guhl

By the way, I had a long conversation with my friend Daryl Davis about this off the site.Unlike you he respects my views and knows there is some truth to it. He just prefersto stress the good aspects about Chuck. I don't. That's the difference. A differencehe fully respects. In my opinion Chuck Berry has got only two friends: Daryl Davis andJoe Edwards. But I am sure he does not care about them. Neither does he care about you or meor anyone else for that matter. Remember when you gave him a painting and he forgotabout it only a couple of days later? Do you know why? He does not care!

Wolfgang Guhl
Wolfgang Guhl

I know him better than you can imagine. I just gave you a very superficial interview, so you would publish it on your propaganda blog. Also what's "weird" about the comment? It is simply the truth. Not fairy tales like you make up about Bo Diddley's management, indirectly claiming they ripped Bo off (which is absolute nonsense for anyone, who had only the slightest insight into their relationship). I know you cannot face the facts anyway as your pathetic, naive ongoing comments on your site show. The beautiful person you try to make out of Chuck Berry does not exist. He is a criminal and rotten person. A very talented songwriter and showman though. That's where I draw the line.

Hogsmellgood
Hogsmellgood

So, if Bush is a war criminal, where was he executed? Or serving his life sentence? And if Reagan committed treason why wasn't he arrested, tried, convicted and imprisoned? Any more words of brilliance you wish to impart on us.

Chuck Berry was imprisoned in Jefferson City at the OLD Missouri State Prison...twice. Once for armed robbery in Kansas City and once for taking a 15 years old girl across state lines for purposes of prostitution.

a42natson
a42natson

Just wondering what Iran did to you to become your enemy? Or do you just do what you're told?

Wolfgang Guhl
Wolfgang Guhl

Add to that prison time for tax evasion and the infamous toilet lawsuit. Right now there is an ongoing lawsuit against him for causing great financial damage to European promoters. As you said, this guy has apparantly no conscience.

anonymous
anonymous

nixon was pardoned, so he's innocent too

all american presidents have been moral exemplars

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