Chuck Berry dies, Twitter cries 'Hail, hail rock 'n' roll'


Berry's exact cause of death is unknown, though his son, Charles Jr., told Rolling Stone that he had recently suffered a bout pneumonia. Not surprisingly, Berry was among the first group of performers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Clinton claimed that Berry made the hearts of Americans more joyful and that he was a pioneer as he changed the history and culture of the country forever. More than 50 years later, these are still the fundamentals for rock "n" roll, and pop music, too. Winnipeg being at the top of the Great Plains got unbelievable AM radio stations at night and the new music we heard from Chicago and Cleveland.

The 1980s were a time of Berry revival: the film "Back to the Future" included a clever wink, as a time-traveling Michael J. Fox brought "Johnny B. Goode" to a '50s dance.

Brian Wilson said, "He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock 'n Roll".

With its jazz rhythm and repetition the song is made more complex by the juxtaposition of the down beat lyrics with the uptempo tune.

Berry collapsed on stage in the middle of a New Year's Day 2011 concert at Chicago's Congress Theater.

Chuck Berry was a seminal figure in early rock music who directly influenced the Beatles, Rolling Stones and later Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger.

Berry played at Blueberry Hill hundreds of times.

"Goode forever." wrote writer Stephen King, on Twitter.

Sure, Elvis Presley was the genre's first star, but even he acknowledged, "I just wish I could express my feelings the way Chuck Berry does".

On his 90th birthday, Berry announced he was releasing his first LP in 38 years, slated to hit stores this year.

"This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy", Berry said in a press release, Toddy being Themetta Berry, whom he married 68 years ago, on October 28, 1948.

- Arnold Schwarzenegger: "When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack".

"I've been performing his Sweet Little Rock & Roller since 1974 and tonight, when my band and I perform it at Caesars Palace's Colosseum, it'll be for Chuck Berry - your sound lives on". "Now I can hang up up my shoes!"

Chuck Berry, who died at 90 on March 17, 2017, is rightly hailed as the godfather of rock n' roll, that distinctly American art form that significantly impacted culture and music across the globe.