Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry dies

Ruben Ruiz
March 20, 2017

The St. Louis native, whose importance in the history of rock and roll music can not be overestimated, died Saturday at age 90. He was working on a new album titled Chuck, set to be released in June, and was still performing live shows occasionally.

Last year, he announced he would be releasing his first album in almost four decades.

St. Charles County police announced the death in a Facebook post on its Website, saying officers responded to a medical emergency at Mr. Berry's home and administered lifesaving techniques but could not revive him. They performed CPR, but weren't able to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at 1:26 PM. "The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this hard time".

The Beatles recorded at least 15 songs written and popularized by Chuck Berry.

A partial list of his classics include Johnny B. Goode, Maybellene, Around and Around, Brown-Eyed Handsome Man, School Days, Memphis, Nadine and No Particular Place to Go.

British rock icon Rod Stewart said Berry "inspired us all".

- The Rolling Stones: "The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry". "When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack".

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Bruce Springsteen wrote of Berry's skills as a songwriter. We didn't have any idea if time had softened him but we found out that even at 60, he was the still the original rock and roll bad boy.

"The first time I ever sang in a talent competition, in the mid-'70s sometime, it was this song", said Jon Bon Jovi while introducing "Johnny B. Goode".

Berry's signature duck walk was adopted by the likes of admiring bands such as The Who and AC/DC.

The museum is honoring Berry by lowering the flag at half-staff Sunday and playing only his music.

In 1984 he was presented with a Grammy Award lifetime achievement prize and was among the first to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

"RIP #ChuckBerry, the genesis behind the great sound of rock n roll".

Berry's blues-hued footprint was all over the biggest rock artists of all time, your John Lennons and Paul McCartneys, your Rolling Stones and your all-the-others.

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