Chuck Berry, Father Of
Rock & Roll, Dies
The man known as the “Founding Father” of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry, has died.
Born on October 18, 1926, as Charles Edward Anderson, Berry enjoyed a “triple-threat” career as a noted singer, songwriter and guitar great. He was best known for a number of timeless hits, including “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Memphis,” and “My Ding-a-Ling.”
In 1977, Berry’s classic “Johnny B. Goode” was chosen by Carl Sagan to be part of the golden record of Earth Sounds and Music launched into space. During his illustrious 60-plus years in show business, Berry became one of the first inductees in 1986 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He entered The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame in 1985 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award that same year.
Berry is credited for paving the way for such music legends as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Sex Pistols and Jerry Lee Lewis, among many others. In fact, John Lennon once spoke in awe of Berry’s star power.
“If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry,’” he said.
Chuck Berry died Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. He was 90.