Chuck Berry, born Charles Edward Anderson Berry, died March 18, 2017, at his residence outside St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Charles Police Department posted on Facebook that officers responded to a medical emergency at 1:40 p.m. ET. Berry could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m.
Born in St. Louis, in 1926, Berry grew up singing in church. He listened to the blues and country music on the radio. The rock ‘n’ roll legend started to play the guitar in high school. As a teenager, he ran into trouble and was convicted of attempted robbery, at which time he was sent to a reformatory.
The music legend worked briefly as a beautician, in St. Louis. He then moved on to a car assembly line, in order to help support his family.
The music icon created the most popular template for rock ‘n’ roll, which was a small guitar-led combo performing original songs. Years before, country guitarists used riffs and runs from blues performers. Berry flipped this formula. He was basically a country-music guitarist who added blues inflections, faster rhythms, and blues beats.
The rock ‘n’ roll icon recorded hits like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen.” He was a singer, who also wrote at least two dozen classics including, “Maybellene” and “Roll over Beethoven.”
Many of the music legend’s songs were recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago, during the ’50s and ’60s. In later years, artists like The Beatles and The Beach Boys covered Berry’s songs at their concerts. John Lennon once said, if rock ‘n’ roll was given another name, it could be called Chuck Berry.
The singer/songwriter’s cause of death has not yet been revealed. This is a developing story. Guardian Liberty Voice will provide updates as they are made available.
Written by Tracy Blake
Edited by Katherine Miller
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