“Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Chuck Berry has passed away on Saturday at the age of 90 in St. Louis, Missouri, confirmed the late musician’s official Facebook page. Berry was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter known to have brought R&B to the rock ‘n’ roll genre, pioneering a new era of American music. He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1986. His hit songs included “Maybellene,” “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” and were covered by the likes of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, the Beach Boys, among many other rock icons. His memorable lyrics about uninhibited teen indulgence, cars, girls, and consumerism encapsulated the rebellious spirit of the ’50s and the American dream.
John Lennon once said, “If they were to rename rock ‘n’ roll, it would be called Chuck Berry” and Mick Jagger said that Berry “lit up our teenage years and blew life into our dreams.”
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