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Chuck Berry in Lexington, 1976

Posted on March 21, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry performed at the Gram Parsons Memorial Country Rock Festival on July 2, 1976, at the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum. Berry went on at 1 a.m., and after a lengthy set, he refused to leave the stage. Promoters finally turned the power off at 2:30 a.m. What was billed as a three-day music festival met with financial problems, and Sunday’s show, which was to feature Harry Chapin, was canceled. Some performers who did take the stage Friday and Saturday included the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Doug Ross, Ian Gillan, Roger McGuinn and The Band. Ray Charles was backstage Saturday night but refused to go on unless he was paid in advance. Berry died Saturday, March 18, at his home in Missouri. He was 90. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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