Chuck Berry leaves behind rock 'n' roll legacy

The New York Times gorgeously celebrates "his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties" as well as his gifts as rock "n" roll music's "master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they did themselves". Not many a rockstar live to be old, you beat them at 90. While Elvis Presley gave rock n' roll its hip-shaking image, Berry set the narrative for a generation no longer weighed down by hardship or war.

"What a genius. What a man, what a creative person", Edwards continued. Clinton claimed that Berry made the hearts of Americans more joyful and that he was a pioneer as he changed the history and culture of the country forever. He managed to mix both and discovered the very root of Rock and Roll.

Mr Obama posted a message on Twitter saying: "Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him - and turned up everyone who came after".

Brian Wilson said, "He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock 'n Roll".

'I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing, ' The Rolling Stones lead singer, 73, tweeted of the vanguard musician. "His lyrics shone above others and threw a unusual light on the American dream". We will never forget you!

Guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood also shared individual tributes on Twitter.

Musical stars are paying tribute to Chuck Berry after the influential performer died aged 90.

That being said, Berry isn't, as some assume, the inventor of rock. "Nobody figured out how to pull that trick off as fast as Chuck Berry". "This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages".

Berry starred in the Freed jukebox pictures Rock Rock Rock!, Mister Rock and Roll and Go, Johnny, Go! as well as Jazz on a Summer's Day, 1959 documentary about the Newport Jazz Festival. "On Behalf of @PublicEnemyFTP and @prophetsofrage it was fitting for me to salute with this Art".

It's a fitting way for the musician, best known for his unforgettable tunes including "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "School Days", "Rock and Roll Music", "Back in the U.S.A." and "Memphis, Tennessee", to mark his birthday.

"Rest in Peace. "Johnny B Goode" in Heaven..." 1982 compilation "The Great Twenty-Eight" offered his greatest his on a new format, the CD.

Two fellow music legends wrote about Berry's influence.

It was an era that made a mark on many.

Author Stephen King wrote: "Chuck Berry died".

When producing BTO, I'd listen to "A Dozen Berries", "Revolver + Rubber Soul" endlessly to get ideas for grooves, tempos, song format, and other tricks to make guitar-bass-drums sound interesting and build excitement in my songs.

Berry's final original album, titled Chuck, is expected to be released by Dualtone Music Group later this year. Authorities have not yet released a cause of death.

  • Ernesto Newman