Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Tribute Jukebox: Chuck Berry, From Maybellene to Sweet Sixteen

Tribute Jukebox: Chuck Berry, From Maybellene to Sweet Sixteen

Legendary guitarist and rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry has passed away at the age of 90, police said Saturday.

His first studio album in 35 years, Chuck, is set to be released later this year.

Chuck Berry, one of the creators of rock and roll, has died, according to police.

Writing on a Facebook post, St Charles County police said in a post on Facebook they responded to a medical emergency at a property at approximately 12.40pm local time today (Saturday, March 18).

The Traveling Heartbreakers, and all the bands at the club, were inundated with requests to hear some Chuck Berry, one more time.

"Chuck Berry's songs will live forever".

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. "All of us in rock have now lost our father", he told his Twitter followers.

Although the Beach Boys played a special with Chuck Berry in late 1964, captured on the concert film The T.A.M.I.

Bruce Springsteen wrote of Berry's skills as a songwriter. Also how he wrote from a teenager's perspective even though he was an adult and far older than his rock musician peers such as Elvis.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards tweeted a picture with the rock legend, captioned: "One of my big lights has gone out".

The 72-year-old admitted to performing Berry's Sweet Little Rock & Roller since 1974 and dedicated it to him in his show in Las Vegas.

"But Chuck was complicated - in fact, he was the most hard "movie star" I've even (sic) worked with", he continued.

Chuck Berry was 90.

Among his many other accolades, Berry received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, was recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 and was presented with Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize in 2014. "He took it from a rhythm background instrument ....and he intuitively choreographed the first great rock and roll stage moves whether he was playing it behind his head, between his legs, and of course the inimitable duck walk". "John Lennon once said if rock 'n" roll was given another name, it could be called Chuck Berry.

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