Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with his impeccably twangy hits as "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Memphis," "My Ding-a-Ling" and "Sweet Little Sixteen," has died. He was 90.
The singer/songwriter, whose classic "Johnny B. Goode" was chosen by Carl Sagan to be included on the golden record of Earth Sounds and Music launched with Voyager in 1977, died Saturday afternoon, St. Charles County Police Department confirmed. The cause of death was not revealed.
Police responded to an emergency call at approximately 12:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
To the Grandfather of the most copied guitar riff in the world. Thank you for a lifetime of enthusiastic melodies, riffs, lyrics & showmanship! It simply would have never been the same had you never come along. The entire Rock n Roll world is forever in debt to you. Rest in Peace, Sire. Our hearts are heavy but proud for you.
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R.I.P. Mr. Chuck Berry. Real king of rock music. (Real kings dont play Las Vegas.)
From Huffington Post:
"... but Chuck Berry came back on stage and tried again.
And just as he did that, somewhere, hurling out in the farthest regions of space, way beyond any known galaxy—the well known story goes—the space capsule sent from our planet out to the heavens in about 1960; that space capsule reached its destination.
The people of that faraway planet opened it up, saw everything we had stuffed inside. The holy texts of the world’s great religions, some equations scribbled by Einstein, a Picasso, a volume of Romeo and Juliet, a Bach Cantata, a Vonnegut book, Keith Jarrett and Duke Ellington recorded, penicillin and the polio vaccine.
There was more. There were items that showcased us at our best.
But the last item was a plastic disc. An old 45 rpm record. Our brothers and sisters, being way beyond us, immediately knew how to make sound come from this “45.” It was a Chuck Berry record.
And those people from that faraway planet listened. Then they wrote a 4 word reply. Stuffed it in the capsule and sent it hurtling out to find us.
I know what a vestibule is. But where's The Kokomo?
By itself, the beginning of "No Particular Place to Go" would have been enough to make his mark.
But my totally favorite Chuck Berry thing is the conceit behind "Roll Over Beethoven." The idea that not only is rock 'n' roll making the musical grampaws turn over in their graves, the reason they're doing it is to spread the (terrible) news. Absolute genius.
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Hearing lots of Chuck on the radio today, brought up another reason to appreciate.
On things like Nadine and Run Run Rudolph, the groove sits in this wonderful place that's right between straight 4 and shuffle. Maybe because everyone else is playing 4 and Johnnie on piano is playing shuffle. Obliviously or not -- who knows?
At any rate, it's great. And if Chuck and Johnnie hadn't done it, maybe Woody and Keith wouldn't have, either.