American singer, songwriter and guitarist Chuck Berry has died at age 90.
Berry was one of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll music.
St. Charles Police in Missouri issued a release saying they were called to a medical emergency Saturday afternoon where Berry could not be revived. He was pronounced dead around 1:30 p.m. local time.
Berry has been referred to as “The Father of Rock & Roll” by many, including John Lennon who famously said “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.”
Berry gained success by watching the audience’s reaction and playing accordingly, putting his listeners’ amusement above all else.
He began his career on stage after a high school performance where he received huge applause for performing the blues, which wasn’t considered appropriate at the time.
“Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene” and “Memphis” became anthems to an integrated American youth and popular culture, defining the genre’s joy and rebellion.
Berry is credited for establishing rock and roll as a musical form and bringing the worlds of black and white together in song.
He hit the Top 10 in 1955 with “Maybellene,” and went on to influence generations of musicians.