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Chuck Berry, whose 1973 dance smash “Reelin’ and Rockin’ ” was his last hit for Chess Records, was reeling more than rocking Saturday night at the standing-room-only Congress Theater.

Berry, 84, slumped over head-first into his keyboards about an hour into the “Winter Dance” concert. He was helped off stage, and most of the 3,700 fans in attendance began to leave.

About 15 minutes later, Berry returned to the stage and tried to tune his guitar before being led off again. He returned a second time, 10 minutes later, apologized for having no strength and did a weak variation of his legendary duck walk into the cold winter night.

“Chuck Berry passed out,” said Shakespeare District police Capt. Marc Buslik. “He was just faint initially. He was real confused. He wouldn’t come off the stage.”

Buslik said paramedics examined Berry before he went onstage the second time and added that Berry did not get taken to a hospital.

On Sunday, Berry’s longtime agent, Dick Alen, said, “Chuck was suffering from exhaustion at his concert last night but is home resting comfortably.” Berry lives in Wentzville, Mo., outside of St. Louis. He performed two New Year’s Eve sets at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in New York City.

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