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Chuck Berry is rock ‘n’ roll. His mythic songs of everyday life for America’s youth, of jukeboxes, cars, and teenage heartbreak, crafted the image of the 1950s as “Happy Days” (forget about segregation and red scares). He made his mark through hits such as “School Days,” “Reelin’ & Rockin’,” and “Maybelline.” Brian Wilson “borrowed” the tune from Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” for his band’s first top-10 hit, “Surfin’ U.S.A.” And the guitar-playing master has influenced more than the Beach Boys—he is one of only two artists (along with Arthur Alexander) covered (on a recording) by both the Beatles (“Rock and Roll Music,” “Roll Over Beethoven”) and the Rolling Stones (“Come On,” “Around and Around,” “Carol”). Berry imagined a po’ boy’s trip across the “Promised Land” while sitting in prison; Elvis Presley turned that jailhouse rocker into one of his signature songs. Berry’s tunes are required music for any rock ‘n’ roll band, so much so that he often expects opening acts to back him up, with no rehearsal. I saw a then-unknown Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band do just that at the University of Maryland in the early 1970s. Tonight, the 74-year-old Berry duckwalks; Bill Kirchen opens. Will too-much-fun Kirchen provide the legend’s backing music? Find out at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $40. (202) 393-0930. (Mark W. Sullivan)