Rock & Roll pioneer Chuck Berry has died.
The nonagenarian was pronounced dead at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri today, March 18, 2017. Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., who went by the stage name Chuck Berry, was among the first group of performers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Dubbed the Father of Rock and Roll, Berry wrote his own material and loved Muddy Waters.
Five months to the day, on his 90th birthday, October 18, 2016, he announced he was releasing a new album. The eponymous album, Chuck will be his first new album in 38 years. He recorded the new project in his native St. Louis hometown with his longtime backing group, which includes his children Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid Berry.
Chuck Berry. Far out, man. pic.twitter.com/rJTk4vLBru
— Mark (@chislehurst) March 18, 2017
Berry’s 1950s hits including “Rock and Roll Music,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Maybellene.”
Berry received a Grammy “Lifetime Achievement” Award (1984), received a Kennedy Center Honor (2000) and was presented with Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize (2014).
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