The father of Rock N' Roll, dead at 90
Legendary rock and roller Chuck Berry died Saturday in Missouri at the age of 90. Local cops were called to the scene of an emergency inside the performer’s home, where they found him unresponsive and tried to administer life saving techniques. According to a post on the St. Charles County police Facebook page, Berry “could not be revived and was pronounced dead.” The statement adds, “The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”
Literally the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," Berry was influential in shaping the sound of rock and roll, influencing such artists as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and more. He’s probably best known for such songs as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Johnny B. Goode,” although his actual biggest hit was the 1972 track “My Ding-a-Ling.”
Berry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, with the Stones’ Keith Richards handling the induction and admitting that he “lifted ever lick” from Berry. He’s also became a member of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame in ’85 and that same year received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.
Of course, many celebrities took to social media with their reaction upon hearing the news of Berry’s death. Among them:
His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever
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