Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Chuck Berry Dies Aged 90 The Quietus , March 18th, 2017 22:20

Chuck Berry Dies Aged 90 The Quietus , March 18th, 2017 22:20

"The Father of Rock "n" Roll" channeled their brashness in "Roll Over Beethoven" and showed he understood what their lives were like in "Sweet Little Sixteen".

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. A medical team performed CPR but Berry could not be revived.

"Just let me hear some of that rock "n" roll music any old way you use it I am playing I'm talking about you".

As for Johnny B. Goode - originally meant to be about a black boy, but changed to "country boy" for wider appeal - countless bands covered it, among them the Beatles, country star Buck Owens and heavy metal band Judas Priest.

"Chuck Berry was a rock & roll original".

The Jacksons tweeted: "Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock "n" roll".

No further details are yet available regarding Berry's death.

Berry was instrumental in the launching of Cleveland's own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum and the hall is remembering him there in the days after his death.

His music influenced most of the popular musicians that came after him, including such well-known music legends as the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and the Grateful Dead.

He was an ornery critter but very savvy and smart after being screwed over many times by "the bad guys" in the music business.

In the wake of his passing, fellow musicians and critics shared history and memories, explaining what made the musician so unparalleled. With Elvis or Richard, it's the singing that gets stuck in your brain, but with Berry, it's the guitar riff that gets played over and over in your head.

In spite of this, Berry had always been aware of what people wanted to hear.

"This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy", Berry said in a press release, Toddy being Themetta Berry, whom he married 68 years ago, on October 28, 1948.

To celebrate turning 90, the rocker announced last fall he would release his first album in 38 years - "Chuck" - sometime in 2017 on the Nashville-based lable Dualtone.

"My darlin' I'm growing old!"

Berry accrued a pretty long criminal record in his time, but a much longer lasting impact on the memories of those who grew up with him on the turn table. "Now I can hang up my shoes!"

In Clinton's final year in the Oval Office in 2000, the president honored Berry as one of the Kennedy Center honorees.

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