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Rock and Roll Icon Chuck Berry Passes Away at 90

If rock and roll had to be traced back to one person, it would be Chuck Berry. Sadly, Berry passed away this weekend at his Missouri home at the age of 90.

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Chuck Berry was the original rock and roll maven.

The local police department confirmed the sad news on Facebook:

St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.

The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.

Music fans know Chuck Berry for his masterful use of music theory and his ability to mix country and blues with intriguing guitar riffs. Some of his most popular songs include “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Brown Eyed Handsome Man.”

Chuck Berry’s Rock and Roll

Berry’s works, including his trademark bending of two guitar strings, became rock and roll staples. Even the Rolling Stones emulated his techniques.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the legendary rocker as one of its first honorees when it opened in 1986. According to the organization, he “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” It doesn’t get much cooler than that.

 

Additionally, the Grammys gave him a Lifetime Achievement award in 1984 and BMI honored him as one of the first BMI Icons at the 50th annual BMI Pop Awards. Magazines like Rolling Stone continuously list him as one of the greatest musicians of all time.

Surprisingly, he’s got even more music in the works. About five months ago, he dedicated his upcoming album CHUCK to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry.

BandRumors Staff

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