Chuck Berry passed away in his home on March 18, 2017. The legendary musician was 90 years old.
The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri released a statement on their Facebook page. They confirmed the sudden passing of the singer-songwriter.
Based on reports, authorities responded to a medical emergency at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday. They found Berry unresponsive in his residence in Missouri.
And despite taking lifesaving measures, the music legend could not be revived and was declared dead at the scene. No additional information was available.
Berry was one of the engineers of rock ’n’ roll. Not only was he a singer and songwriter, he was also a tremendous guitarist. More than any artist of the 1950s, his songs made rock ’n’ roll not just as a trend but as the future.
In 1955, the 30 year-old musician was married and already a father of two when he recorded his first hit, Maybellene. The song was about a man in a Ford V8 trailing his unfaithful girlfriend in a Cadillac Coupe de Ville. It charted no. 1 on Billboard’s rhythm-and-blues chart and no. 5 on the pop music charts.
Ever since, all rock guitarist is in his debt. Moreover, Berry composed and sang at least two dozen rock ’n’ roll classics. Some of his hits include Back in the U.S.A., Maybellene and Roll Over Beethoven. Many of the songs were recorded at Chicago’s Chess Studios in the 1950s and ’60s.
Indeed, Berry is a revolutionary personality in early rock music. Also, he was an extraordinary artist for composing, singing and playing his own music. His records and the rowdy shows clearly influenced the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and later on, Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen.
In the past, John Lennon even said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.”
Berry was definitely one of rock ’n’ roll’s major authority. He was also one of its most infamous. The notorious rock star was imprisoned three times during his lifetime for different offenses.
In 1986, Berry was one of the first artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was commended for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.”
“While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together,” reads the artist’s induction into the Hall of Fame.
A couple of years before that, he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Berry truly personified the American rock tradition through his track, Johnny B. Goode. Worthily, it was included on a disc launched into outer space on the Voyager 1 space probe in 1977.
Well into his later years, music remained a climax of Berry’s life. In October 2016, the rock n’ roll pioneer announced that he would release his first studio album in 38 years any time in 2017.