Billy Peek is the rare musician who knew and performed with Chuck Berry for decades. They first met in the late 1950s, and Peek performed with him regularly from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, when he joined Rod Stewart’s band, who said, “If his rock ‘n’ roll playing was good enough for Chuck Berry, it was probably good enough for me.” But the St. Louis-bred guitarist reunited with Berry often, touring with him in 1983 and sitting in during his sets regularly, right up until the end: Peek even backed Berry for his last four shows in 2014.
He shared some memories with Billboard. An edited transcript is below.
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