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In the early 50's Chuck Berry had a trio who played at local functions. They played a wide variety of music including ballads and country music as well as blues. Material included songs by Hank Williams and Nat King Cole. Berry signed to Chess Records and released the uptempo song 'Maybellene' and it became a top 10 hit. This success was followed by rock 'n' roll gems 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Route 66' and 'Johnny B. Goode'. Berry rarely rehearsed with a band but picked up musicians to back him as he travelled. He played Gibson semi acoustic guitars, usually the ES-335 stereo model. Chuck Berry performed the 'duck walk' to pleased fans at gigs but the first time he performed the 'duck walk' was to hide the wrinkles in his suit.