A recording of Johnny B. Goode was included on the "golden disc" that was launched with the Voyager spacecraft in 1976, and Berry was invited by President Carter to perform at the White House in 1979. Despite his status as an icon of American music, legal troubles dogged Berry throughout his life, including a conviction to tax evasion, arrests for drug possession and child abuse, and allegations of placing a video camera in the women's bathroom in a restaurant he owned. Although Berry's last studio album was released in 1979, Berry continued to tour through 2008. Even after he stopped touring, Berry continued to perform shows near his home in Saint Louis, and was in the midst of recording a new studio album when he died in 2017.
There is a website dedicated to Chuck Berry named, appropriately enough, Chuck Berry.
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