Outpouring of tributes for Chuck Berry, 90
Tributes have come thick and fast for the man dubbed 'The father of Rock n' Roll', Chuck Berry, who passed away on Saturday. Berry was influential in the definition of rock music, the singer-songwriter famous for hits such as 'Johnny B. Goode', 'Memphis', 'My Ding-A-Ling', 'Maybelline' and 'Sweet Little Sixteen'.
The music legend was farewelled over the weekend from many on social media:
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
I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/9zQbH5bo9V— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him – and turned up everyone who came after. We'll miss you, Chuck. Be good.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 19, 2017
When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack. He rocked the world. RIP.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 18, 2017
The great #ChuckBerry is gone. A true musical pioneer, and what a life he led. Goodbye and thank you for the rocking good times.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 19, 2017
In 1985, Berry won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy and was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He paved the way for a long list of music legends with his unique showmanship.
Last year, Berry announced that he would be releasing a new album, his first in almost four decades. The album, Chuck, will be released later this year on a still undisclosed date.
Photo By Pickwick (Billboard, page 59, 25 November 1972) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons