Who knew it was a saratorial concern that would lead The Father of Rock n’ Roll to introduce us all to his trademark move?
September 8, 1955 ~
Chuck Berry does the duck walk for the first time in an effort to conceal wrinkles in his suit. It’s at the Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn and Alan Freed’s “Rock n’ Roll Spectacular. It’s one of the first times Chuck and his band had performed outside of his hometown of St. Louis and, on the way to Brooklyn, their suits wrinkle badly. Chuck crouches on the stage to hide them while “hopping” across the stage — improvising his duckwalk along the way. The crowd at The Paramount goes crazy and the rest is history.