Chuck Berry, legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist, who is known as the father of rock ‘n’ roll, has died.
Berry died in his home on Saturday at the age of 90.
The St. Charles County police department in Missouri confirmed his death on its Facebook page.
According to the police department, Berry was unresponsive despite several attempts at resuscitation.
The cause of death was not made known.
FATHER OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Berry, who spent over 60 years in the music business, became one of the first inductees into the rock and roll hall of fame.
His groundbreaking works inspired the careers of music legends such as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, among several others.
“If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’,” said the late John Lennon.
Some of Berry’s popular classics include: ‘Chuck Berry riff’, ‘Maybellene’, ‘Around and Around’, ‘Brown-Eyed Handsome Man’, ‘Memphis’, and ‘Nadine’.
Iconic singer/actor, Lenny Kravitz, has paid tribute to the late legend on social media.
“Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother,” he wrote.
Bruce Springsteen took to Twitter to describe Berry as the greatest rock ‘n’ roll writer of all time.
“Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived,” Springsteen wrote.
Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
“This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages,” he added.
Chuck Berry’s last album ‘Rock It’ was released in 1979.
Berry had in October 2016 announced that he was working on a new record.
The record, ‘Chuck’, was to be released this year on Dualtone Records.
It would have been Berry’s first album in 38 years.
Dedicating the record to Themetta Berry, his wife of 68 years, Berry had said: “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy. My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes.”
Berry received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984.
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