ROCK ‘N ROLL ICON CHUCK BERRY DEAD AT 90March 18, 2017
Legendary musician Chuck Berry has died. He was 90.
The rock ‘n roll pioneer was found unresponsive at his home in Missouri and pronounced dead by the St. Charles County Police Department on Saturday afternoon. The cause of death has not been revealed.
With a litany of classic songs like “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven, “Rock and Roll Music” and the iconic “Johnny B. Goode,” Berry helped shape the sound of rock music in the ’50s and ’60s.
He was one of the first singers to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985.
Berry’s influence was felt far and wide with everyone from the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles covering his songs.
There’s been an outpouring of love for the late singer as many of rock’s greatest took to Twitter to pay their respects.
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
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
It started with Chuck Berry. He inspired us all. The 1st album I bought was Chuck’s “Live at the Tivoli” and I was never the same.
— Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) March 18, 2017
Although he had stopped performing live in recent years, Berry had consistently played every Wednesday night at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis from 1996 – 2014.
On his recent 90th birthday, Berry revealed he would be releasing his first new studio album in nearly 40 years. Entitled Chuck, the record is scheduled to be released later this year.
Berry is survived by his wife of 68 years, Themetta, and their four children.