One of the greats has fallen. One of the founding fathers of rock and roll recently left us, Chuck Berry’s a singer, songwriter who had numerous twangy hits such as; “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Maybellen”, Sweet Little Sixteen” and “My Ding-a-ling”.
The guitar great who defined rock over the course of his life died at age 90. The cause of death hasn’t been disclosed, but his death was confirmed by St. Charles County Police Department. Throughout his career Berry experienced much success, his single “Johnny B. Goode” was included on the golden record launched in 1977 by ‘Voyager Earth Sounds and Music’.
He became the first inductees in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In ’85 he joined many in the Blues Foundations Blues Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammy’s. He performed at the white house in 1979, for President Jimmy Carter. On the Rolling Stones list of the “100 greatest guitarists of all time”, he was named no. six. He also trademarked the duck walk which was all a part of his showmanship.
Famous Beatles member John Lennon once said this; “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’” The rock n roll legend influence many musicians and paved the way for them and their music. Berry was in 1926 on October 18th he was the fourth of six children and was born Charles Edwards Anderson. Berry was raised in a middle-class black neighbourhood.
His mother was the principal of the school and his father was a contractor. In 1948 Berry married Themette Suggs and they had four children together. He was a factory worker, cosmetologist and janitor just to support his family. Berry experienced success with his first record, After School Sessions, which was produced by the Chess Brothers.
Rolling Stones “Chuck Berry always was the epitome of rhythm and blues playing, rock ’n’ roll playing. It was beautiful and effortless, and his timing was perfection. He is rhythm supreme. He plays that lovely double-string stuff, which I got down a long time ago but I’m still getting the hang of. Later I realised why he played that way — because of the sheer physical size of the guy. I mean, he makes one of those big Gibsons look like a ukulele!” This was only the first major success of his long career. He left behind a legacy.