RIP Chuck Berry, The Father of Rock and Roll.
Photo courtesy of the Rolling Stone
(Buckner) The world lost a true icon of rock and roll over the weekend. Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90 outside of St. Louis. He was one of the very first pioneers of the fusion sound of the Blues, Country & R&B that soon became known as Rock & Roll. The sound took the world by storm by 1957, with such hits as “Maybellene” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock & Roll Music”. He had created his own style of this new sound.
Chuck Berry—whose playing inspired many of the world’s greatest rock bands, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and AC/DC—had a profound effect on the evolution of popular music, not to mention the very concept of the guitar hero.
Click the link here to read a piece that Bill Wyman (Bass player of the Rolling Stones) wrote about Chuck and what he meant for Rock & Roll. It’s a very good piece.
Chuck had his fair share of scandal, the stories are all out there for you to find online. But one thing rings true, the guy was a musical pioneer. He wrote his own songs, he played by his own rules & his sound will be impacting rock musicians for decades to come.