Chuck Berry's St. Louis Homes and Properties Before He Was Rich and Famous [Photos]

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Chris Naffziger
Homer G. Phillips Hospital now sits on the site of Chuck Berry's birthplace.
2520 Goode Avenue
Chuck Berry was born October 18, 1926, at 6:59 a.m. inside a small home at 2520 Goode Avenue, now known as Annie Malone Drive. The family moved a few years after Berry's birth, and the home was soon torn down for construction of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, which served for decades as the city's only medical center for blacks. Although his time at the Goode home was short, it was here that a young Chuck Berry was first introduced to music. As he writes in his autobiography:
Mother and daddy were of the Baptist faith and sang in the Antioch Church choir. The choir rehearsed in our home around the upright piano in the front room. My very first memories, while still in my baby crib, are of musical sounds -- the assembled pure harmonies of the Baptist hymns, dominated by my mother's soprano and supported by my father's bass blending with the stirring rhythms of true Baptist soul. I was always trying to crawl out of my crib and into the front room to where the rhythm came from. Long before I learned to walk I was patting my foot to those Baptist beats, rocked by the rhythm of the deacons' feet focused on the tempo of the times. Oh! But the feeling it generated still stirs my memory of back when. Hallelujah!
Next: The Berrys move to a home with modern luxuries such as a telephone.

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21 comments
Mark Swain
Mark Swain

Because tracking the cakes is much more educational and rewarding.

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

that lil house looks to have much more charm than his current home - I mean the guitar shaped pool and all those trailers on his yard are a lil tacky in my opinion.

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

Hey everyone were extending an invite to come check us out for all your blues memorabilia and just having a great time. We're having an event on the 12th for all types of fun and prizes. If your a blues fan you don't want to miss this! www.facebook.com/groups/StlouisHockeyBuySellTrade/

Dan Sterkin
Dan Sterkin

Doesn't Berry have enough in his accounts to save his historic home if he wanted to?

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Nothing says "close this tab" like a slideshow.

Tom Archer
Tom Archer

What will the city be doing with the property?

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