Chuck Berry Dead at 90

Carla Harmon
March 20, 2017

Many of rock "n" roll's greatest guitarists list Chuck Berry as one of their influences.

Considered one of the founding fathers of the genre, Charles Edward Anderson Berry was present at its infancy in the 1950s and emerged as its first star guitarist and songwriter - a almost 30-year-old black performer whose style electrified young white audiences and was emulated by white performers who came to dominate American popular music, Reuters said.

Berry's fantastic string of hits - "Johnny B. Goode", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Maybellene" and many many more - helped define the rock "n" roll sound in the '50s and '60s. Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and administered lifesaving techniques. Berry could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. "Thank You Chuck." Randy Jackson added: "To the greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time RIP chuck berry. we all thank u".

The rock legend is best known for hits the likes of "Johnny B. Goode", "You Never Can Tell", "My Ding-a-Ling" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll" among others.

"You'll always be the Father of Rock & Roll to us, Chuck".

"I am playing I'm talking about you", he wrote.

Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen have paid tribute to legendary rocker Chuck Berry.

And Lenny Kravitz acclaimed Berry as the figure who made rock and roll possible. We didn't have any idea if time had softened him but we found out that even at 60, he was the still the original rock and roll bad boy.

But Berry was sharply dressed in a sparkling red shirt and his trademark sailing cap, and when he closed with "Johnny B. Goode", more than a dozen women gleefully joined him onstage and the almost-full house gave him a standing ovation, and he did his famous duck-walk off the stage.

In October 2016, at the time of his 90th birthday, Berry announced he was releasing his first album in 38 years, which was a follow up to 1979's 'Rock It'. "Rock on brother!" he wrote on Instagram.

Berry, 90 died Saturday in Missouri. Rock idols such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys as well as his loyal fans were all shocked.

He worked at an auto assembly plant and as a janitor before turning his focus to music, releasing "Maybelline" in 1955, which topped Billboard's rhythm and blues chart and sold more than a million copies.

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