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Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry dies Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll's original guitar hero and storyteller who defined the genre's joy and rebellion in such classics as Johnny B.
Goode, Sweet Little Sixteen and Roll Over Beethoven, died Saturday at his home west of St Louis, Missouri. He was 90. Emergency responders were called to Berry's home by his caretaker about 12.40 pm, but they found him unresponsive, police said in a statement. Berry was best known for some three dozen songs, whose incalculable influence inspired musicians ranging from the Beatles louis vuitton bags hawaii and the Rolling Stones to virtually any group that called itself rock 'n roll. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock 'n' roll music," Beatles drummer Ringo Starr tweeted. "Just let me hear some of that rock 'n' roll music." Starr added, quoting one of Berry's hits. Well before the rise of Bob Dylan, Berry wedded social commentary to the beat and rush of popular music. "He was singing good lyrics, and intelligent lyrics, in the '50s when people were singing, "Oh, baby, I love you so,'" John Lennon once observed. Berry, in his late 20s before his first major hit, crafted lyrics that spoke to the teenagers of the day and remained fresh decades later. was a black man's straight faced tribute to his country at a time there was no guarantee Berry would be served at the drive ins and corner cafes he was celebrating. "Everything I wrote about wasn't about me, but about the people listening," he once said. Johnny B. Goode, the tale of a guitar playing country boy whose mother tells him he'll be a star, was Berry's signature song, the archetypal narrative for would be rockers and among the most ecstatic recordings in the music's history. Berry can hardly contain himself as the words rush out down Louisiana close to New Orleans/Way back up in the woods among the evergreens" and the downpour of guitar, drums and keyboards amplifies every call of Go, Johnny Go! The song was inspired in part by Johnnie Johnson, the boogie woogie piano master who collaborated on many Berry hits, but the story could have easily been Berry's, Presley's or countless others'. Commercial calculation made the song universal: Berry had meant to call Johnny a "coloured boy," but changed "coloured" to "country," enabling not only radio play, but musicians of any colour to imagine themselves as stars. "Chances are you have talent," Berry later wrote of the song. "But will the name and the light come to you? No! You have to go!" The song was later immortalised for a new generation in the 1985 film Back to the Future. Berry's was a master of guitar, and his sound was a mix of country flash and rhythm 'n blues. It turned on at least a generation of musicians, among them the Rolling Stones' louis vuitton shoes burlesque Keith Richards, who once acknowledged he had "lifted every lick" from his hero; The Beatles' George Harrison; Bruce Springsteen; and The Who's Pete Townshend. When NASA launched the unmanned Voyager I in 1977, an album was stored on the craft that would explain music on Earth to extra terrestrials. The one rock song included was Johnny B. Goode. Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born in St Louis on Oct 18, 1926. As a child he practiced a bent leg stride that enabled him to slip under tables, a prelude to the duck walk of his adult years. His mother, like Johnny B. Goode's, told him he would make it, and make it big. A fan of blues, swing and boogie woogie, Berry studied the very mechanics of music and how it louis vuitton agenda on ebay was transmitted. As a teenager, he loved to take radios apart and put them back together. Using a Nick Manoloff guitar chord book, he learned how to play the hits of the time. He was fascinated by chord progressions and rhythms, discovering that many songs borrowed heavily from the Gershwins' I Got Rhythm. He began his musical career at age 15 louis vuitton damier graphite canvas briefcase when he went on stage at a high school review to do his own version of Jay McShann's Confessin' the Blues. Berry would never forget the ovation he received. "Long did the encouragement of that performance assist me in programming my songs and even their delivery while performing," he wrote in his autobiography. "I added and deleted according to the audiences' response to different gestures, and chose songs to build an act that would constantly stimulate my audience." Meanwhile, his troubles with the law began. In 1944, a joy riding trip to Kansas City turned into a crime spree involving armed robberies and car theft.
Berry served three years of a 10 year sentence at a reformatory. A year after his October 1947 release, Berry met and married Themetta Suggs, who stayed by his side despite some of his well publicized indiscretions. Berry then started sitting in with local bands.
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