Six facts to know about rock 'n' roll trailblazer Chuck Berry

Mar 20, 2017, 00:31
Six facts to know about rock 'n' roll trailblazer Chuck Berry

Tributes from rock giants - Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and others - praised Berry as a role model who inspired them throughout their careers. "His lyrics shone above others and threw a odd light on the American dream". "Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever".

Ronnie Wood said the guitarist's death marked the "end of an era", writing on Twitter: "He was one of the best and my inspiration, a true character indeed".

Rock and roll guitarist and songwriter Chuck Berry has died aged 90, the St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri has confirmed in a statement.

There's plenty more that can, and will, be said about Berry as the world reflects on his legacy following his death. Huey Lewis said Berry was "maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll".

Country singer Keith Urban simply tweeted: "Thank you for the poetry".

He wrote he was playing Berry's 1961 song I'm Talking About You, which was recorded by The Beatles at the BBC in 1963. "He took it from a rhythm, background instrument, and he intuitively choreographed the first great rock "n' roll stage moves. whether it was playing it behind his head, between his legs, or of course, the inimitable duck walk".

With classic songs like "Maybellene;" "Johnny B. Goode;" and "No Particular Place to Go", Berry influenced innumerable musicians and left an indelible mark on pop culture.

Hailing Berry as a "fundamental creator of Rock and Roll", he ended his post saying he was off to play the rock "n" roll hero's music. He says one of Dylan's great accomplishments was absorbing Berry's gifts into his own style. "Johnny B. Goode forever".

In 1961, Berry got in trouble for transporting a 14-year-old girl across state lines and served 20 months in prison, a period in his life that friends said changed him forever.

The rock legend had announced in October, on his 90th birthday that he was releasing a new album.

President Bill Clinton congratulates Berry on his Kennedy Center Honors recognition in 2000.

Berry's only number one hit "My Ding-a-Ling" was recorded live in London in 1972 for the The London Chuck Berry Sessions album. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years, Themetta "Toddy".