Monday, February 19, 1962: Chuck Berry

The rock 'n' roller begins serving what would be a 20-month prison term for violating the Mann Act. The act prohibits transporting a female across state lines for "immoral purposes." Berry had taken a teenager he had met in Mexico to work at his club in St. Louis; a few weeks later she was arrested on prostitution charges. (Photo by Corbis Images)

* Newspaper accounts of conviction and sentencing (click on "1960" and "1961"): @
* "Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry" (book by Bruce Pegg; go to page 113): @
* Chuck Berry's official website: @
* Short biography (from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame): @
* Entry from "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll (by Robert Christgau, 1976): @
* More about the Mann Act (from pbs.org): @
* Berry v. United States (U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit): @

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