Mike Zito: "You can't outdo or be better than Chuck Berry"

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Imagine working your day job and a rock star walks in and converses with you about your favorite instrument, the guitar. That’s exactly what happened for Mike Zito, who met Chuck Berry on a few occasions while he was working at a guitar store in St Louis. 

Zito has called St. Louis home for over 30 years. He worked at a popular guitar shop (now Eddie's Guitars) from the age of 18 to 30. Berry, who also is from St Louis, stopped by on a few occasions. Longtime Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson and Chuck’s son Chuck Berry Jr also visited occasionally, and Berry’s drummer was also employed at the store.

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Joshua M. Miller

Josh is a freelance journalist who has spent the past dozen or so years interviewing musicians for a variety of publications, including Guitar World, GRAMMY.com, SPIN, Chicago Sun-Times, MTV News, Rolling Stone and American Songwriter. He credits his father for getting him into music. He's been interested in discovering new bands ever since his father gave him a list of artists to look into. A favorite story his father told him is when he skipped a high school track meet to see Jimi Hendrix in concert. For his part, seeing one of his favorite guitarists – Mike Campbell – feet away from him during a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert is a special moment he’ll always cherish.