Legendary rock n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry dies
Chuck Berry has died at his home in Missouri in the United States at the age of 90 after been found unresponsive. He leaves behind wife Toddy and four children.
Tributes have been pouring in for the music legend after the news broke on Friday evening.
Celebrities have tweeted to pay their respect to the musical legend.
He was a monumental influence on just about any kid who picked up a guitar with rock star aspirations – Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen among them.
He was one of the first popular acts to write as well as perform his own songs. They focused on youth, romance, cars and good times, with lyrics that were complex, humorous and raunchy.
Both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as the Beach Boys and scores of others acts – even Elvis – covered Berry’s songs.
A police spokesman said: ‘St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12.40pm today. 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.
Prominent musical artists such as the Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, and Huey Lewis all tweeted about the passing of the rock icon.
His lyrics about sex, cars, music and trouble captured America’s newfound post-war prosperity, and he once said: ‘I made records for people who would buy them. No color, no ethnic, no political – I don’t want that, never did.’
He was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music and was born in St. Louis in October 1926.
He came along at a time when much of the United States remained racially segregated, but it was hard for young audiences of any color to resist a performer who delivered such a powerful beat with so much energy and showmanship.
Berry released his first album, After School Session, in May 1957.
He went on to record a further 18 studio albums. His 20th album, Chuck, is to be released later this year.
His first number one, My Ding-a-Ling, topped the charts in 1972.