Rock and Roll Legend Chuck Berry Dead at 90
Rock legend Charles Edward Anderson, best known as "Chuck" Berry, was found dead in his Missouri home Saturday afternoon. The 90-year-old musician was confirmed dead by the St. Charles County Police in the following statement released on Facebook: "St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. 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. The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement."
Berry changed music! That statement stands alone. He is widely regarded as the 'father of rock and roll' with good reason. Berry is responsible for hit songs such as "Johnnie B. Goode" "Sweet Little Sixteen" "My Ding-A-Ling" and countless others. His influence on rock has transcended generations. By combining the soul of country, blues, and R&B, Berry created a unique guitar technique and gave audiences a sound never heard before.
His on stage energy and passion lifted concert goers. Before Jimi Hendrix changed changed the sound of music, young people looked to Berry for musical inspiration. Concert goers young and old grew accustomed to expecting showstopping performances with more musical creativity than they've ever witnessed firsthand.
Berry's legacy was cemented in 1986, when the Rock and Roll Hall Fame inducted him into the category of "Performer."