CHUCK Berry, Rock “N” Roll Inventor, Is No More

March 21st, 2017 | by Sukumar Roy
CHUCK Berry, Rock “N” Roll Inventor, Is No More
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Rock “N” Roll legend Chuck Berry has passed away at the age of 90.The guitarist and songwriter was considered one of the fathers of rock ‘n’ roll and for enthralling billions of people across the globe. During his illustrious career spanning over seven decades, he not only became an iconic singer but also left behind several memorable hits including classics Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode. He was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

The New York Post recalls Berry was a major influence on generations of musicians, particularly on early rockabilly stars such as Jerry Lee Lewis and British Invasion bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Berry’s music mixed blues and rhythm-and-blues, but had crossover appeal with white teens because his lyrics touched on what biography.com called “the universal themes of youth.”

“I made records for people who would buy them,” Berry once explained. “No color, no ethnic, no political — I don’t want that, never did.”“He was singing good lyrics, and intelligent lyrics, in the ’50s when people were singing, ‘Oh, baby, I love you so,’ ” John Lennon once observed.

Berry in 1986 became the first member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted by Richards who produced a tribute film about Berry.

His death was confirmed by police in the US state of Missouri. The singer was found unresponsive at 12:40 local time (17:40 GMT) on Saturday, St Charles County police said in a statement. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 13:26, Police said.

“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry,” it said. Tributes from across the world have been paid to the “hero of rock and roll”, famed for his hit singles Johnny B. Goode, Roll Over Beethoven and Sweet Little Sixteen. Berry had celebrated his 90th birthday in October with the announcement that he was releasing his first album since 1979. He was born Charles Anderson Edward Berry in St. Louis in 1926, to Martha and Henry Berry, who were the grandchildren of slaves.

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