One of the creators of the genre known as rock-and-roll, the master of the duck walk, the innovator of ingenuity — Chuck Berry — has died at the age of 90.
Police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road in St. Charles County, Missouri at approximately 12:40 p.m. this afternoon. First responders found Berry unresponsive, but immediately tried to implement lifesaving techniques.
Unfortunately, Chuck Berry could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m.
Chuck Berry’s first hit, 1955’s “Maybellene,” struck like a lightning bolt in the music industry. With a groove that had never been heard before and representing the new teenage mindset, Chuck Berry became legend with then-new art in the form of “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over, Beethoven,” and “Rock & Roll Music”. Every guitarist or band would then kneel at Berry’s alter, including Keith Richards and Mick Jagger who bonded over their love of his music.
Over the decades artists from the Beach Boys, the Kinks, Peter Tosh, Judas Priest, the Sex Pistols and countless others have covered Chuck Berry’s music. Chuck Berry also pioneered a signature guitar style by merging the blues with country music. Replayed and rehashed by bands and solo stars alike, Berry’s songs oozed sex, love for cars and trouble — which made him a bad boy before your most infamous reality star.
The St. Charles County Police Department listed Chuck Berry by his government name, Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr. Up until his passing, the rock legend had been routinely driving himself to shows to perform, and mentioned that he was releasing a new album.
Our sincerest condolences go out to his friends, family and fans.