The music industry and fans worldwide are taking stock Sunday of the amazing contributions of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who died late Saturday night. His groundbreaking hit songs, like “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode,” will continue to live on for generations.
The New York Times reported that Berry passed away at his house near Wentzville, Missouri at age 90.
From The Times:
“Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday. He was 90.
The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed his death on its Facebook page. Mr. Berry died at his home near Wentzville, Mo., about 45 miles west of St. Louis. The department said it responded to a medical emergency and he was declared dead after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.
While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.”
After the news spread about his death, several people took to Twitter to pay homage to the singer who played a definitive role in the rock ‘n’ roll genre.
According to CNN, Berry was working on an album that was slated to be released this year. Throughout his lifetime, he received several accolades for his contributions to music including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Kennedy Center Honors Award, and an Icon Award from BMI.