The world loses another great legend today, as guitar legend Chuck Berry has passed away at 90 years old. The guitarist, best known for his twangy guitar style, and memorable release of arguably his biggest hits “Johnny B Goode,” and “Roll Over Beethoven.”
Rooted in the 1950’s during an era that was filled with the power of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry was a man in his own world of righteousness. A masterful genius and songwriter in his own right, Berry had lived a life that many guitarists after him could not match up to. As rock music became a genre that many people would soon associate to be the golden genre of the period, both Berry and Presley were the two to take rock music main stream, and to the masses.
During a time of pure “coolness,” Berry brought a unique swagger to the party. During a period of deep segregation, Berry cut through the hate that would halt his fellow man, using music to break the fourth wall, and bringing everyone together. As the decades went on, Berry was one to lead himself on his own path to greatness, carrying the flag high enough for all great musicians to prosper above the likes of the negativity in the world.
Born in St. Louis, Berry grew up with a new found love of the guitar. Throughout his life, he presented the world with many feats that perceived to be well before his time, making him a guru in many cases. Through decades of triumph, Berry would later go on to record some of the greatest songs the world has ever known, and has been honored as a result by being induced in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, and having a statue in his honor in St. Louis, portraying his famous “duck walk.”
“In my universe, Chuck is irreplaceable,” Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone in 2009. “All that brilliance is still there, and he’s still a force of nature. As long as Chuck Berry’s around, everything’s as it should be. This is a man who has been through it all. The world treated him so nasty. But in the end, it was the world that got beat.”
Berry passed away on the afternoon of March 18th (Saturday). The St. Charles County Police Department were the ones to respond to the emergency. The SCPD confirmed the death on their Facebook page, although the cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Heart broken to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was undisputedly the king. A moment of… https://t.co/sR8A2YMnq0
— Slash (@Slash) March 18, 2017
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
Wow. RIP to Chuck Berry. My dad would tell you he was the real King of Rock N Roll. Thanks for the great music and inspiration. pic.twitter.com/qiIMySIAJB
— Kenny Wayne Shepherd (@KWShepherd) March 18, 2017
Wow… Chuck Berry … Rest In Peace. Just wow…
— JOE BONAMASSA (@JBONAMASSA) March 18, 2017
JT “Doc” Berry \m/