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Chuck Berry

Posted in Bellerive Gardens with tags , , , on August 22, 2017 by Cade

October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017

Marvin Berry’s famous cousin invented Rock ‘n’ Roll. I could just stop there. But, where’s the fun in that?

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was a guitarist and singer who spent the 1950’s taking bits and pieces of the rhythm and blues style of music and turning the world on its head. As he pioneered new ways to use guitar and uptempo rhythms in popular music, he paved the way for others to follow. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Hendrix…you name it. If they were a giant in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll music, Berry influenced them directly.

From rough beginnings in St. Louis, MO, Berry loved music from the start. In his 20’s, he played regularly in local clubs where he mixed (the very popular with white audiences at the time) country music with more Blues inspirations. His popularity brought him to Chicago and Chess Records. His first recording with Chess was called “Maybellene.” It sold over 1 million copies. Chart busters like “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnnie B. Goode” followed and launched Berry and this new style of music into history. Popular music would never sound the same.

Of course, that wasn’t the end for Berry. He continued to be influential for decades. He wrote more classics. He toured well into the 21st Century and maintained a residency at his club, Blueberry Hill, in St. Louis until his late 80’s. He died in his home at the age of 90 and was buried with his trademark Gibson guitar.

Burial

Bellerive Gardens – Creve Coeur, MO

Specific Location

In the mausoleum at the back of the cemetery; enter the main doors and walk straight back through the main chapel section, past a hallway and into a smaller section of crypts, Chuck is interred on your left in the second row up.

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Stan Musial

Posted in Bellerive Gardens with tags , , , , on July 29, 2013 by Cade

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November 21, 1920 – January 19, 2013

Stanisław Franciszek Musial, better known to baseball fans as Stan “The Man,” was a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee and one of the best hitters of all time.  Throughout his 22 year career, Musial batted .331 with 3,630 hits, 475 home runs and 1,951 runs batted in for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a 24-time All-Star, 7-time National League batting champion, 3-time NL MVP and helped lead the Cardinals to 3 World Series titles. Oh, and he took a year off to serve the Navy at the end of World War II. He also played a mean harmonica.  All in all, there are few players in the history of the game that were as beloved to one particular team than Stan was to the Cardinals.  Musial died in his home on January 19, 2013 at the age of 92. Fans immediately swarmed the statue of his likeness that sits outside of Busch Stadium in St. Louis and it became a public memorial.

Burial

Bellerive Gardens – Creve Coeur, MO

Specific Location

Legends Family Estates – At the back left (northeast) corner of the cemetery is a section of family gardens, enter through the REFLECTION GARDEN archway and take the road until you reach a circular turnaround; stop at the beginning of this turnaround, Stan and his wife, Lillian, are buried to your right, looking back toward the mausoleum.