Chuck Berry, born in 1926, set out to emulate his great heroes, Nat King Cole and Muddy Waters. By the time he was done he had had an even greater effect on acts such as The Beatles, The Jacksons and The Rolling Stones.
His repertoire includes ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Rock’n’Roll Music’ and his iconic ‘Johnny B Goode’. He also sang a hysterical song … ‘My Ding-a-Ling’. Enjoy the song below.
Tributes to the great man were quick to start pouring in:
The Jacksons: “Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock ‘n’ roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck.”
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr: “Just let me hear some of that rock ‘n’ roll music any old way you use it. I am playing I’m talking about you. God bless Chuck Berry Chuck.”
Singer-songwriter Huey Lewis: “Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever.”
Epic Records chairman LA Reid: “Music was changed forever by Chuck Berry’s indescribable impact. What a great life in music.”
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash: “Heartbroken to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was undisputedly the king. A moment of silence is definitely in order. RIP.”
Randy Jackson: “To the greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time RIP chuck berry. we all thank u.”