Family and friends pack service for Chuck Berry

The man behind such.

(Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP, File). A musician outside played Berry songs as fans stood in line. Fans can file past Berry's casket later Sunday, April 9, 2017, at a St. Lo.

"Berry was eulogized by Marshall Chess, son of Leonard Chess, who released Berry's most famous hits on Chess Records, as well as KISS" Gene Simmons and St. Louis Mayor-elect Lyda Krewson. He wasn't scheduled to speak but someone urged him to take the podium. Clay said "He combined his artistic genius with his enormous personal courage to help break down the barriers of race, intolerance and bigotry in this country through his music".

Kiss rocker Gene Simmons was among those to pay tribute to him at the service, while former United States president Bill Clinton sent a letter in which he called Berry "one of America's greatest rock and roll pioneers".

The funeral service which followed was expected to include live music, and the Rev Alex I Peterson told the gathering they would be celebrating Berry's life in rock'n'roll style. Berry died last month at age 90.

"Anyone who plays rock "n" roll was inspired by him", Shaffer said.

A guitar-shaped floral arrangement, sent from the Rolling Stones, resided next to Berry's casket, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "With fondest memories, Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, the Rolling Stones", the card's inscription read. Later, he made a decision to dance again, imitating Berry's signature move, and dissing Michael Jackson in the process: "When I saw that-Moonwalk, get out of here with that stuff!" First responders administered life-saving techniques, but Berry could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. local time, police said.

Chuck Berry fans have the chance to say their final farewells to the late rock "n" roll visionary.

Berry died on March 18 at from natural causes.

  • Salvatore Jensen