Chuck Berry was King at the Music DVD Awards Tuesday night.
Director Taylor Hackford's Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock N' Roll, a documentary on legendary rock pioneer Chuck Berry, won top honors at the third annual Music DVD Awards, presented March 6 in West Hollywood, Calif.
The film, released by Image Entertainment in two-disc and four-disc configurations, was named Best of Show, beating more than 100 contenders that were entered into the annual contest, produced by Home Media Magazine. Hail! Hail! also won in two other categories, for best vintage concert and best special features/bonus materials.
Judges praised the 1987 film for capturing Berry's fire and passion on stage, as well as his at times outrageous exploits before, during and after his concert that year at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, organized by Rolling Stone Keith Richards to celebrate Berry's 60th birthday. Berry was backed by a pickup band that included Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato, Eric Clapton and veteran Berry sideman Johnnie Johnson on piano. Berry was joined on stage by such legendary guests as Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, and Julian Lennon. Sandwiched between the musical performances are behind-the-scenes interviews with Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, and others.
A panel of entertainment journalists judged the contest, in which music DVDs released in calendar 2006 competed in eight categories.
The other winners:
- Best Compilation:Kissology, Vol. 1, 1974-1977, VH1 Classic Records
- Best Music Documentary:New York Doll, Vivendi Visual Entertainment/Palm Pictures
- Best New Concert:Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Paramount Home Entertainment
- Best TV Concert:The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: Punk and New Wave, Shout! Factory.
Rhino Entertainment and Barry Manilow received a special award for their series of concert video DVDs, the first two of which, Music and Passion and First and Farewell, each soared well past the platinum level.