Hit musician and grandfather of rock-and-roll almost gave up music to be a hairdresser!
One of the grandfathers of rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll almost didn't take his musical talents seriously, depriving us of what we've come to know and love as good music.
Chuck Berry broke racial barriers and delighted ears with his country-western influenced rock in the 50s, 60s and 70s, but at first he just wanted to be a hair dresser.
While still attending high school, Berry was arrested and sent to jail for three years for armed robbery at a Missouri prison for the young.
After his time was up, he returned to St. Louis and resumed a normal life by working at an auto plant, playing music in small nightclubs, and studying to be a hairdresser.
Luckily for music, he lost interest in the art of hair and traveled to Chicago to find a recording contract, where he was picked up be the Chess brothers in 1955.
With that label he recorded his hit “Maybellene” which stayed on the pop charts for 11 weeks, reaching as high as 5th. After that he never had to pick up a comb or scissors to make money again.