Chuck Berry Has Died At Age 90
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:02:05
Chuck Berry has died at the age of 90. He passed away at his home in St. Charles, Missouri. As one of the pioneers of rock n' roll, his guitar style on hits like "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode," ""Maybellene" and "Sweet Little Sixteen" help define the burgeoning genre. It has been reported that the cause of death was natural.
Berry was born on October 18, 1926, as Charles Edward Anderson. He was raised in St. Louis in a middle-class black neighborhood. His father Henry was a contractor and his mother Martha a school principal.
Berry released his first album After School Session in 1957, and over the next 15 years released ten top 30 singles. However, it wasn't until 1972's "My Ding-a-Ling" that he reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 — that would remain his only number one hit.
Despite his tremendous influence, only one of Berry's albums ever cracked the Top 100, 1972's The London Chuck Berry Sessions. Nonetheless, he influenced every rocker that followed. From The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, everyone got something from Chuck. Keith Richards remarked on the legend's passing saying, "One of my big lights has gone out." And Mick Jagger added, "I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing & your music is engraved inside us forever."
Even though he has passed, it looks as if the album that Berry announced last year will be released soon. Berry's estate posted a note on Facebook giving a few more details:
"Since Chuck's passing on Saturday, the Berry family has received many inquiries from friends, fans and media about the status of his forthcoming album CHUCK, which was originally announced on his 90th birthday, October 18, 2016.
"Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction. While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music.
"For months now plans have been in place, and preparations have been made with our friends at Dualtone Records, to reveal further details and music from the album this week. As a tribute to Chuck Berry, and with gratitude to his fans around the world, we will be following through on those plans in the coming days."
Chuck Berry's music has and will continue to stand the test of time, and he will be missed.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff