Where would music today be without Chuck Berry?
Rock ‘n’ Roll’s original superstar Chuck Berry passed away away following medical complications. He was 90. Berry’s contribution to the world of pop music could never be understated. Late Beatle John Lennon once quipped that if one had to give Rock ‘n’ Roll another name, you could call it Chuck Berry. Tributes to the music great poured in from all quarters – Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger took to twitter with a 3-tweet tribute:
His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
American Rocker Bruce Springsteen used befitting superlatives to capture the great’s impact on the world of music:
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
Grammy awardee Travis Hitt summed up Berry’s line with this one-liner:
It's important to know that without Chuck Berry we would've never had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and many others. RIP💔
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) March 19, 2017
Chuck Berry was born to a middle-class family in St.Louis, Missouri in 1926. While he picked up the guitar early, his teenage had its share of missteps, including arrests and time in a reform school. It was in the 50s, that he turned to music full time and started to play the St.Louis club circuit. It would be 1955 before he met blues musician Muddy Waters, a meeting that changed the course of Berry’s life. Maybelline, Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B Goode would go on to set trends and change the course of musical history.
It wasn’t just Lennon who attributed it all to Berry. Ringo Starr wrote on Twitter:
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. God bless Chuck Berry Chuck 😎 pic.twitter.com/XmwmaGzGpL
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 18, 2017
The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richard, during a Hall of Fame speech remarked, ““It’s very difficult for me to talk about Chuck Berry ’cause I lifted every lick he ever played,” Richards said. “This is the gentleman who started it all, as far as I’m concerned.”
It was in 2016, that Berry launched his last album, breaking a 37 year album-silence. He said,“I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”
Berry’s music forever? Now, quite literally too.
— jahkotta 🌺🌺🌺 (@Jahkotta) March 19, 2017