Chuck Berry, father of rock 'n' roll, dies at 90

Chuck Berry, father of rock 'n' roll, dies at 90

From there, he recorded such hits as "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven", inspiring teenagers Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, who later covered Berry's songs along with countless others, ranging from the Beach Boys to the Kinks to Judas Priest to Phish to the Sex Pistols. He brought the guitar styles of T-Bone Walker, Charlie Christian, and many others into his hillbilly shenanigan lyric re-writes, added in a backbeat, great sidemen like Johnny Johnson at Chess Studios in Chicago and made his own brand of rock and roll. "This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain't bad for rock and roll. Chuck you were unbelievable & your music is engraved inside us forever". "Johnny B. Goode forever".

"RIP Chuck Berry. Without him Rock n Roll wouldn't be what it came to be.", tweeted rocker Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crue.

"The greatest rock and roll lyricist ever", Daniels tweeted.

Before music, Berry worked as a carpenter, a freelance photographer, auto plant janitor and hairdresser. The singles - revolutionary combinations of pop, country music and blues - were dance hits in high school gymnasiums and music clubs across the United States.

Despite his troubles with the law and the conditions of the times, Berry rose to the top of his profession. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr also expressed his condolences: "R I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock "n" roll music".

Author Stephen King was among the first to react.

There's plenty more that can, and will, be said about Berry as the world reflects on his legacy following his death. Songs like "You Can't Catch Me" may have found Berry motorvating away from the cops, but even when he escaped to his "Promised Land" he'd be accused of making "Too Much Monkey Business", even though he was "Almost Grown". Just last year, he announced he would release his first album in 38 years according to The Guardian.

He leaves behind his wife Themetta Suggs-Berry, who he met a year after his release from prison in 1947, and four children.

"My darlin' I'm growing old!"

"I've been performing his Sweet Little Rock & Roller since 1974 and tonight, when my band and I perform it at Caesars Palace's Colosseum, it'll be for Chuck Berry - your sound lives on". "Now I can hang up my shoes!" he said.

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