March 18, 2017


Chuck Berry Dead at 90

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Chuck Berry has died, the St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri has announced. The revolutionary pioneer of rock 'n' roll music was 90 years old. Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry in St. Louis, Mo. on Oct. 18, 1926, he released his first album, After School Session, in 1957.

"Police said Saturday they responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road around 12:40pm," reports KSDK-TV. "Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and administered lifesaving techniques." He was unable to be revived and pronounced dead at 1:26pm.

Berry's blues-hued footprint was all over the biggest rock artists of all time, your John Lennons and Paul McCartneys, your Rolling Stones and your all-the-others. The New York Times gorgeously celebrates "his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties" as well as his gifts as rock 'n' roll music's "master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they did themselves."

Berry had announced plans on his 90th birthday last October to record and release his first album in 38 years, titled Chuck. The material was touted as being written, recorded and produced by the iconic guitarist/vocalist/genre-god, accompanied by his longtime band, featuring his kids Charles Berry Jr. on guitar and Ingrid Berry on harmonica.

"This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy," Berry said in a press release, Toddy being Themetta Berry, whom he married 68 years ago, on Oct. 28, 1948. "My darlin' I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"

Rest in peace.