‘Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man,’ ft. Archival Tributes from Jimi Hendrix/Beatles/Rolling Stones/Linda Ronstadt and More, Set for PBS 2/29


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Charles Edward Anderson Berry. You might know him better as Chuck Berry, undeniable pioneer of what we now know as “rock and roll.”

The man’s presence, music and legacy has lived on for decades, and on Feb. 29 — almost three years to the date of his passing in March 2017 at age 90 — a special program will air on PBS paying homage to his massive influence.

Titled Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man, the program will feature a jaw-dropping array of music legends performing songs made famous by Berry. The dizzying list of mostly archival footage includes performances from the following:

Jimi Hendrix
The Beatles
Linda Ronstadt
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

and many more. Via the news release:

A historic record of the decades-long and continuing impact of the father of rock-‘n’-roll, the program presents — for the first and possibly only time ever — full performances from the legends of rock music honoring the man they agree started it all. Artists include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, Jeff Lynne and more, filmed at the heights of their own careers, performing the work of Chuck Berry. Berry himself is also featured in a number of solos and duets. Narrated by Danny Glover, CHUCK BERRY: BROWN EYED HANDSOME MAN is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning Saturday, February 29, 2020 (check local listings).

Here’s an idea of what’s in store:

• “Carol” – with Keith Richards
• “Maybellene”
• “Wee Wee Hours”
• “You Can’t Catch Me”
• “Around and Around” – The Rolling Stones
• “Roll Over Beethoven”– The Beatles
• “Johnny B. Goode” – Jimi Hendrix
• “Back in the USA” – Chuck Berry and Linda Ronstadt
• “Nadine”
• “Sweet Little Sixteen” – Chuck Berry with Billy Kingsley & Rockin’ Horse
• “Johnny B. Goode” – Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen
• “Roll Over Beethoven” – Jeff Lynne/Electric Light Orchestra
• “Carol” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
• “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” – Paul McCartney
• “Let It Rock” – Berry with Billy Kingsley & Rockin’ Horse
• “Memphis” – Berry with Billy Kingsley & Rockin’ Horse


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