In His Own Words: Keith Richards recalls Chuck Berry punching him

Chuck Berry gave Keith Richards a black eye.

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“Chuck Berry once gave me a black eye, which I later called his greatest hit…

“We saw him play in New York somewhere, and afterward I was backstage in his dressing room, where his guitar was lying in its case. I wanted to look, out of professional interest, and as I’m just plucking the strings, Chuck walked in and gave me this wallop to the frickin’ left eye. But I realized I was in the wrong. If I walked into my dressing room and saw somebody fiddling with my ax, it would be perfectly all right to sock ’em, you know? I just got caught.”



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