Statue Placed in Suburban Saint Louis Honors Rock & Roll Legend Chuck Berry

artwork: Ophelia Williams stands next to an new 8-foot-tall statue of legendary musician Chuck Berry during a dedication ceremony for the statue Friday, July 29th, in University City, Mo. The statue of the St. Louis native was dedicated near Blueberry Hill, the University City club where the octogenarian still performs monthly. -  AP Photo/Jeff Roberson.

– The image is timeless Americana: Chuck Berry hunched over, ready to launch into his famous Duck Walk, picking his Gibson guitar and wailing a song. It’s the image captured in the statue of the man considered by many to be the father of rock and roll, dedicated Friday in the University City Loop area of suburban St. Louis. An energizing and eclectic entertainment and shopping district, The Loop offers six blocks of exhilarating retail, restaurants, live music, café culture, and even a Walk-Of-Fame. A century ago at this location, streetcars from downtown “looped around” to return to the city, which gave the area its name. That movement and momentum continue today, as The Loop expands into the City of St. Louis with the exciting new growth and development that have made it a St Louis destination.