Chuck Berry, Legendary Rock ‘N’ Roll Pioneer, died at 90.NBC NEWS TV SCREEN SHOT.
As a player, as a songwriter, and as a performer, Chuck Berry was a master of invention.
Berry, who died Saturday, at the age of ninety, was a proud and difficult man. He was also a genius.
As a player, as a songwriter, and as a performer,he was a master of invention, transforming the rolling rhythms of Louis Jordan and the guitar figures of T-Bone Walker into the rhythmic foundation of half the rock songs you’ve ever heard.
Rooted in the blues and with an ear for American country music, Berry blew things up and out with his first hits; he helped to create another form.
Chuck Berry was to rock music what Louis Armstrong was to jazz—a foundational figure; if not quite singular, then as close as it gets.
“If you had tried to give rock and roll another name,” John Lennon once said, “you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’ ”
Never has the anxiety of influence been captured so openly, and so vividly, as in the standoff between Chuck Berry and Keith Richards, when they rehearsed Berry’s song “Carol” in St. Louis thirty years ago.
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