Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock & roll music, has passed away at age 90. Berry was pronounced dead on Saturday after EMS responded to a medical emergency at his St. Charles County, Missouri home.

Berry is best known for his high energy hit songs "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene" and "Roll Over Beethoven".

Born Charles Edward Anderson in St. Louis, MO in 1926, Berry started his career as a guitarist with the Johnnie Johnson Trio.

His big break came in 1955 when he met blues legend Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact the boss of Chess Records. After signing with the independent label, Berry recorded his first big hit "Maybellene" -- which sold over a million copies and reached number 1 on Billboard magazine's rhythm and blues chart.

A string of hit songs followed, but Berry's meteoric career was derailed when he was arrested and jailed for transporting a 14-year-old girl across state lines in 1962.

Following his release from prison in 1963, Berry recorded more hits, including "No Particular Place to Go," and "You Never Can Tell".

Berry was among the first artists to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame soon after it opened in 1986.

He was the inspiration for many rock and roll stars, including British mega-bands the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

  • missmiami305

    Thanks for this write up. A true pioneer indeed. Surely he is reigning in glory. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/533e59f22eaba2842df5641abcf4d5c61b03c4b30140e17236c0e2a800eb9ce0.gif

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Awwww may he rest in peace. Mommy always played his music

  • Phyllis

    Rest In Paradise Mr.Berry... we all know that some of the so-called "greatest" stole your style ..?? #neverforget ?

  • Phyllis

    I'm wondering why the audience isn't dancing onstage. Mr. Berry was killing it. Wow!! ????

  • DroneRivers

    May he rest in peace. He was the real king of rock and roll.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Him that guitar and that walk will always be remembered.

  • MissyJ

    Hmmm I'll have to read more about this 14 year old gal. Never heard that before, I was ready with my RIP but maybe not

  • KDub

    Thanks for the music Mr. Berry. Rest easy

  • KDub

    Ok. An American Indian girl. But yes. A girl.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I was just discussing Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Bill Withers, when I heard the news. I reached out to Bill several years ago but he never responded.

  • Yardgirl

    Awwww RIP and thanks for the music?

  • missmiami305

    Yup! As usual we are the originators. WE ROCK!!!!!

  • missmiami305

    They can't help it. That's all they do is steal. It's evident...

  • missmiami305

    they were taking notes so they could steal his craft

  • V Dubb

    I can only imagine what you went through in your time on this Earth....and to make it to 90? What a blessing...enjoy your rest! #RIL

  • Zizzle

    Wow, man. RIP.

  • Zizzle

    Seniors know bullsh*t when they see it reaching out.

  • Phyllis

    Truth!!!

  • missmiami305

    Truly a blessing. I pray I live as long as that.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I think he's suffering from dementia. No one outside his inner circle has spoken to him in years.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Maybe they were less than enthusiastic because it wasn't a live performance.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Damn! I just watched Cadillac records last night. R.i.p legend

  • missmiami305

    I have the dvd in the room. Imma watch it. Never seen it from beginning to end. But I can say Beyonce killed this scene. Gave me chills
    https://youtu.be/dh-0jH4Rb7Y

  • MystyBlu

    ??? straight no chaser!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    RIP Chuck Berry.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    RIP 90 is a blessing. Wow.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Yes! That was a sad song though.

  • V Dubb

    Yes maam.....for the both of us. I just need to get my life right now so I can hun

  • Erin Blockabitch

    I know he saw a lot. I have several relatives who made it to their 90's, some of whom are still here. I also have a 92 yo neighbor. Honestly, I don't want friends under the age of like 75 or 80, because they're just so damn cool. I love the way they view the world. And many of them aren't as "old" as their age.

  • Soda
  • dontgetblocked

    RIP. His music will live on.

  • chococherry

    I agree, i have a few women that are my age that are okay but my best girl is 75 and live around the corner lol.

  • missmiami305

    Raw emotion

  • Malcom Flex

    Rest In Peace To The Original King Of Rock And Roll, Mr. Chuck Berry. Rest In Peace, King!!

  • Malcom Flex

    Yes Mr. Berry and Mr. (Little)Richard are the Original Kings Of Rock and Roll.

  • Malcom Flex

    The King Of Rock and Roll

  • Erin Blockabitch

    I love conversing with older men, too. They're just fun people to be around. I came >this< close to hitting a dice game with a senior gent who hangs out near the hair salon I go to. Lol.

    When my stylist asked why he didn't invite her, he said, "She is seasoned. You're overseasoned." ???? He also called her friend "overseasoned". They snitched on him and told my mom he was talking to me. When my mom came over, my stylist told my mom what he said, she said, "He told us WE are overseasoned." He replied, "I wasn't talking about her (pointing to my mother) or her daughter, I was talking about you two." *flatline*

  • Renee Bee

    Oh man! Another great gone home. I salute you Sir for the uphill struggle you had to go through. Thanks for the music. Rest peacefully.

  • Renee Bee

    And the conk hairstyle was legendary. (Giggles)

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    sooo that scene in Cadillac Records was true

  • jussaying

    lmao not if you ask etta.

  • JanusMaximus

    R.I.P Chuck Berry!!! Off-topic: He has a notoriously bizarre sex tape out there somewhere. According to media takeout (who has since removed the media [but the post remains]) he was on some freak type sh*t in the sheets, like he farted in the girl's face while he asked her to "eat my groceries."

  • JanusMaximus

    Update: you can find clips of his tapes by googling.

  • DroneRivers

    Dementia? Are you talking about Little Richard? Because Bill Withers was interviewed on live tv just a few weeks ago and he seemed very coherent.

  • Fred G sanford

    I thought he died like 10 years ago...RIP again then!

  • Sucker Free

    RIP Mr Berry ???

  • chococherry

    Lmao!

  • Soda

    Yes, but the Queen and inventor was a black woman, Sister Rosetta Tharpe!
    https://honestlyannette.com/2015/02/03/a-black-woman-invented-rock-and-roll-blackhistorymonth/

  • nick c

    Didn't he have to sue the beach boys for stealing his rift to their fun fun fun mega hit?

  • Phyllis

    Wow !!! Never heard of her. Thanks for posting ??

  • Dahl

    Me too ?

  • Tiffany Miller

    This isn't too much!!!! That's how it's sposed to be huh?

  • Renee26

    R Kelly type huh liked them young and released bodily functions on em ?

  • cristalle1

    An original...rest in peace.

  • V Dubb

    Indeed. Lolololol they don't mince words or stories about how they have lived. Love me some seasoned folk.

  • Shira Harding-James

    I wonder what made him transport the girl you know

  • Ebony Starr

    It was Surfin USA and Sweet lLttle Sixteen. They are identical. Beach Boys just changed the words. Chuck Berry got paid!

  • more

    He was a pedo. Is the only logic behind this

  • KcoolMuziq

    My musical idol Prince use to do a cover of "Johnny B. Goode"...

  • Cie Be

    Rest in Peace, King Chuck Berry!

  • JanusMaximus

    He lived that "Rock N' roll fart in your face lifestyle"