Sunday, March 19, 2017

Rock 'n' Roll Trailblazer Chuck Berry Dead at 90

Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry died on Saturday, March 18, in his home outside St. Louis. He was 90.  Berry was one of rock music’s most important architects; his influence is incalculable—resonating in nearly every aspect of popular music. The rock legend's iconic guitar-playing style and peerless storytelling gifts in song are forever etched in the collective minds of music lovers the world over and will no doubt continue to be appreciated centuries from now.

Berry’s seminal tracks from the mid-1950s to the early ‘60s were vital in helping shape rock 'n' roll music. His sound was an exhilarating mixture of blues, R&B and country and western.

Also, Berry was a natural-born showman. He lit up the stage with his innate charm and humor, which were equally matched by his boundless energy and rare talent.

Berry truly embodied the spirit of rock music, and his tremendous impact cannot be underestimated. Every rock band and artist, from superstars to fledgling garage bands, owe a great debt to Chuck Berry, “The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

"Johnny B. Goode"

"Promised Land"

"Roll Over Beethoven" Live

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