Stars Pay Tribute As Chuck Berry Dies Aged 90
18 March 2017, 23:42
The rock and roll legend and 'No Particular Place to Go' singer was found dead at his home in Wentzville.
The rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has died at the age of 90.
The Johnny B. Goode singer was found unresponsive at his home in Wentzville, Missouri, at 2.40pm (5.40pm GMT) on Saturday.
Paramedics tried to administer "lifesaving techniques" to no avail.
"The St Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr, better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry," a statement said on Facebook.
"The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement."
Berry was known as 'the father of rock and roll'.
His songs include Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music and signature song Johnny B. Goode - the story of a country boy whose mum tells him he's going to be a star.
He influenced scores of musicians, including Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.
John Lennon once observed: "He was singing good lyrics, and intelligent lyrics, in the '50s when people were singing 'Oh, baby, I love you so.'"
Tributes were quick to pour in.
:: The Jacksons: "Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock 'n' roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck."
:: Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr: "Just let me hear some of that rock 'n' roll music any old way you use it. I am playing I'm talking about you. God bless Chuck Berry Chuck"
:: Singer-songwriter Huey Lewis: "Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever."
:: Epic Records chairman LA Reid: "Music was changed forever by Chuck Berry's indescribable impact. What a great life in music."
:: Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash: "Heartbroken to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was undisputedly the king. A moment of silence is definitely in order. RIP."
:: Randy Jackson: "To the greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time RIP chuck berry. we all thank u."
Born in St Louis in October 1926, Berry set out to emulate musical heroes such as Nat King Cole and Muddy Waters.
His first hit single, Maybellene, charted in 1955, and is described as one of the first rock and roll songs.
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