Chuck Berry, Legendary Rocker, Is Dead At 90

Berry was the first artist in the inaugural 1986 class to go into the rock hall, and he closed out its concert in 1995 to celebrate the building's opening in Cleveland.

John Herget's father owned a St. Louis fix shop and said Berry was a customer. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted: "When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack". Plus, he played electric guitar, and the amplification enabled him to simulate the sound of two or three guitars playing at once. "It's called rock now".

Rock n' Roll legend Chuck Berry died on Saturday, 18 March 2017 at the age of 90, police in Missouri said.

In addition to his many other accolades, Berry was the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, was recognized in 2000 at the Kennedy Center Honors and was presented with Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize in 2014.

"Roll Over Beethoven" from 1956 was nearly a manifesto of rock "n" roll as the charismatic Berry urged the DJ to switch off the classical records and turn to the new genre of the youth.

Berry, who is popular for his 1950s hits like "Johnny B. Goode", "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Sweet Little Sixteen", died on Saturday. It just means that when you hear Chuck Berry sing; when you hear "You Never Can Tell" and "Havana Moon", you are hearing the complete Chuck Berry, and no one else but him and his influences.

But that changed as his fame grew.

But Berry had a darker side.

-1962: Convicted of transporting a minor girl across state lines.

Berry defended himself against allegations that he had slept with the young waitress. But he was convicted by an all-white jury and served a year and a half in prison.

Both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as the Beach Boys and scores of other acts - even Elvis - covered Berry's songs.

Berry "lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers", BBC News quoted Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones as saying.

After his prison time, friends described the laid-back and fun-loving Berry as a changed man, and the conviction has always been viewed in the African American community as a warning sign for artists on the rise.

Berry mostly avoided the media limelight as he resurrected his career. If rock "n" roll is the devil's music, the original devil has left us.

"We're all I think just a cog in the wheel".

At high school his first stage performance, of a Jay McShann song called Confessin' The Blues, received a "thunderous applause", the bio said.

Berry initially found success after record executive Leonard Chess sensed his crossover potential and signed him after an introduction from Muddy Waters.

—1988, 1989: Berry sued for allegedly punching a woman in NY and later for allegedly videotaping women secretly while they were using the restroom at his St. Louis-area restaurant.

Berry, the man cited as creating the script for rock and roll, had celebrated his 90th birthday in October with the announcement that he was releasing his first album since 1979.

He said at the time that the record was dedicated to Themetta Berry, his wife of 68 years, adding: "My darlin' I'm growing old!"

Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill and close friend of Berry, said Berry performed in the Duck Room more than 200 times. "Now I can hang up my shoes!"

  • Salvatore Jensen