Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Singer, songwriter and guitarist who was a pioneer in the development of rock music. His recordings, known for their witty lyrics and blues-influenced guitar, include ?Maybellene? (1955), ?Roll Over, Beethoven? (1956) and ?Johnny B. Goode? (1958). He appeared in the films Rock, Rock, Rock (1956) and Go, Johnny, Go (1959).