Chuck Berry, dubbed the ‘father of Rock n Roll’ has passed away at 90 years old. Legends from across the music world have paid tribute to Chuck Berry’s passing. However, one of the best tributes that had been said of Chuck Berry was proclaimed whilst he was still alive. John Lennon, formerly of The Beatles, once said
“If you tried to give rock ‘n’ roll another name…you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.”
The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed his death on its Facebook page. Mr. Berry died at his home near Wentzville, Mo., about 45 miles west of St. Louis. The department said it responded to a medical emergency and he was declared dead after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.
While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.
Wikipedia describes Chuck Berry as
Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.
Here are some more tributes from Celebrities:
I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/9zQbH5bo9V
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry IS rock and roll!
It’s sad day for rock and roll, but his music will live on forever.
Hail, hail rock and roll!!!!! pic.twitter.com/ANCkKaglQW
— AC/DC (@acdc) March 19, 2017
Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock’n’roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck. pic.twitter.com/0TwpdDmw9e
— The Jacksons (@Jacksons) March 18, 2017
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) March 19, 2017
On his 90th birthday, Chuck Berry announced he would be releasing a new album. This would be his first studio album in nearly 40 years. The album, would be called ‘chuck’ and would consist of new material- hopefully, Chuck Berry’s legacy will live on when this album is released. It was scheduled to be released in June.
Here are some of Chuck Berry’s most notable hits and albums:
RIP Chuck Berry 1926-2017
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