'Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll' Director Remembers 'Diabolical' Chuck Berry

Andrew Cummings
March 19, 2017

On its Facebook page, the St. Charles County Police Department said: "St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18)".

Berry had announced plans on his 90th birthday last October to record and release his first album in 38 years, titled Chuck.

Following the news of legendary musician Chuck Berry's death, social media was flooded with condolences and heartfelt messages about the star.

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger said that Chuck Berry lit up the Stones' teenage years, and blew life into their dreams of being musicians and performers.

"So sorry to hear about Chuck Berry what a #talented #legend!"

"You know I was keen on Chuck Berry and I thought I was the only fan for miles", Richards wrote to a relative in April 1962.

Chuck Berry, the father of rock n' roll, passed away Saturday at 90 years old.

(CNN) Whatever else that can be said about Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" when it shot out of America's radios like a Redstone rocket in the bright late summer of 1955, one hard, true thing remains clear after those 62 years: Nothing like it ever existed before. Chuck Berry. Thank you for showing us all how to do it. Among other big-screen Berry moments, Marty McFly (aka Michael J. Fox) gets into a little "Johnny B. Goode" action in 1985's "Back to the Future".

In 1986, Berry was one of the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and "Rolling Stone" magazine rated him sixth on its list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

The rocker, a virtuoso guitarist and showman, became famous for his wild guitar licks and for playing while squatting and kicking his way across the stage, a move as iconic in music as Michael Jackson's later moonwalk. He will be missed by everyone who loves rock'n'roll. Former US president Bill Clinton said he and Hillary loved Berry "for as long as we can remember".

All these decades later, Kramer said, Berry still looms large.

Berry is known in part for classic songs, such as "Johnny B. Goode", but mostly for inspiring some of the biggest names in music. Huey Lewis called Berry the "the most important figure in all of rock and roll". Berry started out filling in with Johnson's group, known as Sir John's Trio, in 1953, and Johnson eventually acknowledged Berry's talent, charisma and business acumen by allowing the group to evolve into the Chuck Berry Trio.

His career soon was interrupted when he was arrested in 1959 under an obscure law for taking a 14-year-old girl across state lines for "immoral purposes". Johnson sued Berry in 2000 for song royalties, saying they were equal collaborators on numerous hits, but the case was dismissed on grounds that the statute of limitations had expired.

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