Saturday, March 18, 2017: Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend, Chuck Berry dies at age 90.
As notorious as he was, Chuck Berry made many milestones in his musical career. Yes, Elvis Presley had the eyes and ears (and hearts) of all teenage girls. Yet, it was Chuck Berry song that seemed to depict what teen rockers really wanted. It is almost as if he knew before they did.
With his songs such as “Johnny Be Good” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” the artist surprised and delighted the younger generation, while parents were shocked by his lyrics. The artist’s consisted of lyrics about girls, fast cars and dancing the night away, partying until the early morning hours. This coupled with his obvious high self confidence and his ability to make his guitar scream, was his path to making a mark in the Rock ‘n’ Roll world possibly before the world was ready.
The Police Department of St. Charles County, Missouri responded to a medical at Berry’s home on Saturday. According to the department, they performed lifesaving procedures upon arrival. The measures were unsuccessful and Chuck Berry died at his home in Wentzville, MO. at approximately 1:40 pm (ETS).
A talented artist with a bit of mischief in his nature.
Undoubtedly, Chuck Berry was a true legend. The native of St. Louis began his career as a vocal performer who was inspired by Nat King Cole. After entering the music world with a bang, he eventually purchased a club in St. Louis appropriately called Club Bandstand. Berry’s music primarily fell in the Rock and Roll genre, however, he wrote and sang hits with with a hint of Country and Blues.
Berry was among the first group (performer category) to be inducted to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame located in Cleveland, Ohio. He was accompanied by artists such as James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Dominoe, and Elvis Presley, to name a few. The group was the first group of inductees when the Hall of Fame opened in 1986.
Chuck Berry also received his Star in the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and is located at 1777 N. Vine Street.
The fact that Berry was a very talented vocalist, pianist, guitarist and performer is undeniable. However, Chuck Berry was not without his wild side and misfortune with the law. Chuck Berry had a history of incidents such as armed robbery as a teen in which he spent 3 years in a reform school and later in life went back to prison after a bit of trouble with the IRS.
Although, Berry had a mishap or two, he always returned to the stage to wow the Rock and Roll World! It just could be possible the bit of “Bad Boy” Chuck Berry had in him, attributed to his ability to write, produce and perform such legendary songs. He has been referred to as a “poet”, “Father of Rock and Roll” and in 2000, President Bill Clinton referred to Berry as “one of the 20th Century’s most influential musicians”.
Good-byes and condolences were given from fans, artists, presidents and friends.
Twitter accounts have been busy with individuals such as President Obama, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and many more.
Sunday, President Barack Obama tweeted: