Chuck Berry Dies: Rock & Roll Guitar Genius Was 90; "He Made It"

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The death of legendary rocker Chuck Berry, aged 90, drew emotional tributes from fellow musicians and other celebrities who praised him as a rock "n" roll trailblazer.

The debut single off Chuck Berry's first new studio album in almost 40 years was just a few weeks away from being released when the musician died.

A world without Berry would have been a world without "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", "Memphis, Tennesee" and other smash hits that comprise rock's Old Testament.

Musician Lenny Kravitz on Instagram hailed Berry as a forefather of rock "n" roll, saying, "None of us would have been here without you".

He was declared dead after lifesaving measures couldn't revive the musician, police said.

Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock "n" roll writer who ever lived. "Johnny B. Goode forever".

"Chuck Berry was not only Rock's 1st guitar player and best storyteller he was Rock's 1st advocate", tweeted Van Zandt. "I wanted to sing like Nat Cole, with lyrics like Louis Jordan with the swing of Bennie Goodman with Charlie Christian on guitar, playing Carl Hogan's riffs, with the soul of Muddy Waters".

Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen have paid tribute to legendary rocker Chuck Berry. "Rock on brother!".

Berry had a never give up performing attitude but he hadn't recorded in a long time.

It's a sad week for rock "n" roll fans everywhere as the news circulates that the musical pioneer Chuck Berry was found deceased in his home over the weekend.

Berry died in his home in St Louis, Missouri, surrounded by friends and family, and is survived by his wife Themetta Suggs-Berry and four children. But within a few years, he shared the credit with Berry at Berry's music publisher's request. He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock "n" Roll.

Springsteen's grin says it all, as Berry leads the 57,000-person crowd in yelling "Go!" before shimmying his one-legged duck walk across the stage.

His latest album was announced on his 90th birthday in October a year ago and Billboard magazine reports the owner of a music club where Berry used to perform says the album is quite sensational.



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