Rock ‘N’ Roll Pioneer Chuck Berry Dead At 90
Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry died Saturday at his home at the age of 90.
Berry, who was known for huge hits like “Maybellene,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Johnny B. Goode,” was found at his home near St. Louis by a caretaker, according to the Associated Press. (RELATED: Chuck Berry Punched Keith Richards For Touching His Guitar [VIDEO])
According to a statement from the police, after several attempts to revive the legendary guitar player failed, he was pronounced dead by Missouri’s St. Charles County police.
Berry has been credited with influencing almost all forms of rock ‘n’ roll, from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones.
“Chuck Berry was a rock and roll original,” The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame said in a statement. “A gifted guitar player, an amazing live performer, and a skilled songwriter whose music and lyrics captured the essence of 1950s teenage life.”
Berry once said in an interview, “Everything I wrote about wasn’t about me, but about the people listening.”
Musicians from almost every genre of music have recorded his songs, including AC/DC doing “School Days,” the Beatles doing “Roll Over Beethoven,” and the Rolling Stones’ first single of “Come On.”
In 1959 he was arrested and charged for taking an underage girl across state lines for immoral purposes, according to the New York Times.
On his 90th birthday in October, the singer had announced that he was planning to release his first album in 38 years in 2017, titled “Chuck.”