It’s a very very sad day for all the Rock N Roll lovers all across the world, as the famous singer and guitarist of all time Charles Edward Anderson Berry, better known by his stage name Chuck Berry has passed away on March-18. He was 90 years old.
The Missouri born musician was a pioneer of the rock and roll movement with songs such as Maybellene (1955), Roll Over Beethoven (1956), Rock And Roll Music (1957) and Johnny B. Goode (1958). Berry refined and developed the genre R&B into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship.
He was also very famous for the one-legged hop routine and the creation of the unique move known as the “duck walk” which he first used as a child when he walked as he said “stooping with full-bended knees, but with my back and head vertical” under a table to retrieve a ball and his family found it entertaining; he used it when performing in New York for the first time and some of the journalists coined the aforementioned term.
Journalist Chuck Klosterman has argued that in 300 years Berry will still be remembered as the rock musician who most closely captured the essence of rock and roll. Well he was right at this point because it has already been proven that the essence is getting sprayed all over the world. Fans and musicians alike has already started to pay tributes and share their thoughts.
US singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen said he was “the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived”.
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones said “He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers”.
Australian rockers AC/DC has also posted a news on their site and Facebook page stating “Chuck Berry IS rock and roll!
It’s sad day for rock and roll, but his music will live on forever.
Hail, hail rock and roll!!!!!”
Not only the musicians has paid their respects, but folks from other media has also shared their thoughts. Famous horror and mystery writer Stephen King was among the first to react and has paid tribute by posting the following lines on his Twitter’s wall.
“Chuck Berry died. This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain’t bad for rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode forever.”
Former US President Bill Clinton said “Chuck Berry’s life was a treasure and a triumph, and he’ll never be forgotten.” He also added that said he and Hillary loved Berry “for as long as we can remember”. He said of the musician who played at both his inaugurations: “The man was inseparable from his music – both were utterly original and distinctly American”
Astronaut Scott Kelly said, “Your music rocketed on Earth. Then it went interstellar aboard @NASAVoyager. #JohnnyBGoode #RIP, Chuck Berry.”
Chuck was born in St. Louis, Missouri on October-18, 1926, and was the fourth child in a family of six. He grew up in the north of St. Louis neighborhood known as The Ville, an area where many middle-class people lived. His father, Henry William Berry, was a contractor and deacon of a nearby Baptist church; his mother, Martha Bell (Banks), was a certified public school principal.His upbringing allowed him to pursue his interest in music from an early age. He gave his first public performance in 1941 while still a student at Summer High School.
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