Updated March 19, Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll's founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music's joy and rebellion in such classics as Johnny B Goode, Sweet Little Sixteen and Roll Over Beethoven, has died at his Missouri home at the age of Berry's core repertoire was some three dozen songs, his influence incalculable, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to virtually any group — from garage band to arena act — that called itself rock 'n' roll.
This past week the world lost an original music legend and rock pioneer when Chuck Berry passed away at age A native of St. Louis, Berry began performing at a young age and would have various stages of his musical career with differing levels of success.
The origins of rock and roll were messy. There are always progenitors doing something entirely different somewhere else. Phil Everly, of the Everly Brothers, sang professionally from the time he was in grade school and closely watched the music evolve.
Born in Wentzville, Mo. Chuck Berry has been prized by rock musicians and fans for four decades as a symbol of the revolution that chased away Big Band music and other dull adult sounds. I did the Big Band Era on guitar.
Born on October 18,son of a deacon father and a school-teacher mother, Chuck Berry grew up in a hard-working middle-class household. His mother, a skilled piano player, passes on her love of music to her son, but soon he moves away from her baptist hymns and develops a passion for blues, jazz and the harmonies of country music. However, inhis life changes.
Chuck Berry has been prized by rock musicians and fans for four decades as a symbol of the revolution that chased away Big Band music and other dull adult sounds. I did the Big Band Era on guitar. I was in school when the big bands were popularso it had passion to me.
Our Chuck Berry cover story retraces the late icon's entire career, from his greatest musical triumphs to his darkest personal failures. One night inChuck Berry played a show in Mobile, Alabama. Louis nightclub act to a national star unlike any other. He was tall, limber, smart, sly, incredibly inventive, and animated onstage in ways that helped flex his musicianship rather than detract from it.
Considered by many as the "father of rock 'n' roll," Chuck Berry had early exposure to music at school and church. As a teen, he was sent to prison for three years for armed robbery. He began producing hits in the s, including 's "Johnny B.