Family and friends pack service for Chuck Berry

Apr 12, 2017, 01:16
Family and friends pack service for Chuck Berry

Fans can file past Berry's casket later Sunday, April 9, 2017, at a St. Lo.

Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss wasn't scheduled to speak but someone urged him to take the podium. "Rock "n' roll was started by a guy who just wanted to make people feel better".

At the service, Congressman William Clay Lacy read a letter from former President Bill Clinton, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She said she had grown up listening to songs of Berry's music.

The Rolling Sones sent a guitar-shaped floral arrangement that sat next to the casket with a note, "Thank you for the inspiration".

Current St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson acknowledged Berry's contribution to the state by not straying away from his hometown roots. And at the service (the rock and roller was in town for a comic book convention and riffed an impromptu tribute), he spoke of Berry's significant influence on his infatuation with music. On Saturday, March 18, 2017, police in Missouri said Berry has died at the age of 90.

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"I am here because Chuck Berry meant a lot to anybody who grew up on rock n' roll", said Wendy Mason, who drove in from Kansas City, Kansas, for the visitation.

The Pageant, a club where Berry often performed, opened its doors Sunday morning for a four-hour public viewing, which will be followed by a private service and celebration for the musicians family and friends.

He is considered to be one of the pioneers of rock and roll influencing generations of succeeding musicians, most notably The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

As the father of rock "n" roll, Berry set the bar high and went on to play a number of his greatest hits which include "Maybellene", "School Days", "No Particular Place to Go", "My Ding-a-Ling", "Sweet Little Sixteen", and "Roll Over Beethoven".