Taylor Hackford: 'Chuck Berry was the most hard movie star'

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

He continued: "We'll miss you, Chuck". Berry was a gifted guitar player, an fantastic live performer and a skilled songwriter who captured the essence of the 1950s teenage life.

"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock "n" roll writer who ever lived", Bruce Springsteen tweeted Saturday.

"R.I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock "n" roll music", wrote Ringo Starr on Twitter, while Mick Jagger tweeted: "I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing". His lyrics shone above others & threw a odd light on the American dream.

The Jacksons said: "Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock "n" roll".

Many of his songs, including Johnny B Goode, Maybellene and Memphis, have been much covered and taught to many a budding young guitarist.

Police in St. Charles County, Missouri responded to a medical emergency at his home on Saturday (18Mar17), where the 90-year-old star was found unresponsive.

Berry would stop to chat and once, 10 years ago, showed Harris Berry's signature duck walk, bending his knees low to the ground and strutting with his head up straight.

As he became a star, Berry irked some in St. Louis by acquiring property in a previously white area and opening his own nightclub, where another legal scrape almost ended his career.

Berry made a large amount of money from his music.

While Elvis Presley gave rock n' roll its libidinous, hip-shaking image, Berry set the narrative for a generation no longer weighed down by hardship or war.

Across from Berry's residence at Berry Park outside Wentzville, his neighbors recalled a man who seemed unlikely to be a Rock & Roll legend. He made our feet move and our hearts more joyful. It was so influential that the U.S. space program chose it to represent rock music for potential extra-terrestrial listeners on the Voyager spacecraft.

Nicole Carpenter came to the statue to remember Berry because he performed with her father.

However, Berry's only No. 1 hit was My Ding-a-Ling, a throwaway novelty song that seemed to be a juvenile sex reference.

Last night, the world lost yet another musical great as legendary musician Chuck Berry passed away at 90 years old.

"He was such a part of the rock and roll hall of fame", said Jason Hanley with the museum.

  • Julie Sanders