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U City Celebrates Chuck Berry and Rock 'N' Roll History

The "father of rock 'n' roll" was on hand for the dedication of a statue in his honor.

The Delmar Loop in University City is now a hot spot for music history.

More than 56 years after his debut single, "Maybelline," hit the R&B charts, Chuck Berry was on hand for the dedication Friday of his 8-foot, 1,200-pound bronze  at 6555 Delmar Blvd. (across the street from ).

Also in attendance were legendary performer Ron Isley, KMOX's Charlie Brennan, St. Louis Walk of Fame Founder Joe Edwards, University City Mayor Pro Tem Arthur Sharpe Jr. and Harry Weber, the sculptor of Berry's statue.

Before and after the dedication, the band Blues Plus played some of Berry's hits, including "No Particular Place to Go."

The 6500 block of Delmar was closed from 9-11 a.m. to allow space for the crowd.

Hundreds of people gathered on Delmar Boulevard, including members of Berry's family and representatives of various media outlets. Brennan did a live broadcast on KMOX from the statue site.

No protesting occurred at the event; the crowd members all seemed to be supportive of Berry and the statue. None of the people who  seemed to be on hand.

Berry will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Friday's St. Louis Cardinals game, which is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.

Stay tuned to University City Patch for more on the statue dedication. More information about the statue can be found on its website.

Diann July 29, 2011 at 06:23 PM
I Was Wondering Why I Did Not Hear The Name Of The Band That Was Playing Awesome Music ?
Catherine Krummey July 29, 2011 at 07:07 PM
The name of the band was Blues Plus - they had a sign up by where they were playing and Brennan announced them a couple of times, but it was a little difficult to hear everything with the crowd there.
Angela Atkinson July 29, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Diann, thanks for adding your photos! :)
Robbie Mack July 30, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Way to go St Louis. Now I'm proud to say I've been there.
Diann July 30, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Thank you Hun I do not know how I missed the sign :) I quess I will have to look at the rest of my pictures ! Again Thank You SO much.
Diann July 30, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Hello Angela, You Are Quite Welcome Hun :)

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