Chuck Berry Jamming Hard With John Lennon Will Fill Your Heart With Joy

Chuck Berry was famous for his 'duck walk' dance move | © AP/REX/Shutterstock
Chuck Berry was famous for his 'duck walk' dance move | © AP/REX/Shutterstock
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Music Editor20 March 2017

A rare video of Chuck Berry rocking out with John Lennon has resurfaced after the rock‘n’roll legend’s death.

The clip, which shows Berry and Lennon duetting on Johnny B. Goode, was taken from The Mike Douglas Show in 1972.

The Beatles star had taken over the US chat show for a week with his wife Yoko Ono.

Ono can also be seen during the performance, although it appears as if her mic has been cut as she tries desperately to join in on backing vocals.

Berry was one of Lennon’s musical heroes – he once said: ‘If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.’

The pair also performed a version of Memphis Tennessee on the show.

Berry passed away on Saturday at his home in St Charles County, Missouri, aged 90.

The musician was considered one of the pioneers of rock’n’roll, releasing a string of hits including Roll Over Beethoven, Maybellene and My Ding-A-Ling.

He was well known for his energetic stage presence, and his signature dance move called the ‘duck walk’ which consisted of him hopping around on one leg.

He was presented with a Grammy Award lifetime achievement prize in 1984 and was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Berry was still touring as recently as 2014 and was due to release a new album this year – his first in 38 years.

He leaves behind his wife Themetta Suggs-Berry, who he married in 1948, and four children.

Tributes poured in from the music world from the likes of Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr and The Jacksons after Missouri police confirmed his death.

RIP, Chuck.

We hope you’re having one hell of a jam session with David Bowie and Prince in the sky.

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