The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri said it responded to a medical emergency at a home and the legendary Chuck Berry was declared dead after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful. They confirmed his death on their Facebook page. Chuck Berry, directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks with amazing guitar licks, ultra self-confidence and classic songs about girls, cars and wild dance parties! He defined early rock ’n’ roll’s attitude and musical energy. He was 90 at his death.
Unforgettable jams like, “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Maybellene,” “School Days,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Back in the U.S.A.” and “Memphis, Tennessee,”are with us all forever, and he himself will live on through his music.
Among his many other accolades, he received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Berry was also recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 and was presented with Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize in 2014.
Speaking with ABC News a few years ago, Berry was asked to name the favorite songs he’s written, but he said he couldn’t choose one.
“Every one of them is tops with me,” he said. “Every one of my children the same way.”
Mr. Berry (before Elvis Presley) was a master theorist and conceptual genius, a songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they did themselves! (NYTimes)
When Berry was frequently asked about Elvis by the white press, Berry found it hard to concede that Elvis broke down the door of Rock N Roll for him, seeing that he had already broken down that door himself with his national hit “Maybellene” in the summer of 1955, six months before Elvis recorded one of his first true hits “Heartbreak Hotel.” Chuck Berry felt rather than give one white singer credit for popularizing rock ’n’ roll, he gave it to the young, post-war white music audience. “It seems to me,” he noted, “that the white teenagers of the forties and fifties helped launch black artists nationally into the main line of power music. (elvis-history-blog)
Keith Richards said while honoring Berry at the 2013 Polar Awards in Sweden, “Chuck Berry, he just leapt out of the radio at me, I ate him basically, I mean I breathed him—it wasn’t just food, he was the air I breathed for many years when I was learning guitar and trying to figure out how you could be such an all-rounder. Such a great voice, such a great player and also such a great showman… it was all in one package.” (thedailybeast)
We all were a little better with Mr. Berry having walked this Earth. #ClapForEm!