Chuck Berry Dies: Rock & Roll Guitar Genius Was 90; "He Made It"
Berry had a string of hits in the 1950s, including "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Rock and Roll Music", and "Johnny B. Goode".
The "Johnny B. Goode" musician recorded the project in his native St. Louis with his longtime backing group, which includes his children Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid Berry. He was 90 years old. "Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever".
Berry, widely considered among rock's the true pioneers - perhaps the truest - wrote and performed bedrock songs of the genre, playing his guitar, in the words he himself wrote, like ringing a bell.
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. Berry soon realized that he would have to play for multiracial audiences, as he was booked on segregated theaters. The impact of Berry's music had an especially big impact on four young men in Liverpool, England, who would go on to form The Beatles, arguably the most influential group in music history.
From rockers to country musicians, Mr. Berry was clearly beloved.
Legendary musician Chuck Berry died in his home Saturday at age 90.
When producing BTO, I'd listen to "A Dozen Berries", "Revolver + Rubber Soul" endlessly to get ideas for grooves, tempos, song format, and other tricks to make guitar-bass-drums sound interesting and build excitement in my songs.
Berry's death comes just months after the star revealed he was working on his new studio album, his first in 38 years.
Berry said at the time he was dedicating the album to his wife of almost 70 years, Thelmetta aka Toddy, noting in a statement, "This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy".
"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock "n" roll writer who ever lived", tweeted Springsteen on Saturday.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger: "When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack".
Hillary and I loved Chuck Berry for as long as we can remember. "Now I can hang up my shoes!" he said.
Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also took the time to honor Berry, who was presented with a Kennedy Center award in December 2000.