The father of rock ‘n’ roll Chuck Berry well known for his signature duck walk move — bending his knees and bobbing his head — across more than 4,000 concert stages and his unforgettable songs about cars, died on Saturday. He was 90.
The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed his death on its Facebook page. The legend died at his home near Wentzville, Mo., about 45 miles west of St. Louis. The department said it responded to a medical emergency and he was declared dead after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.
As Bob Dylan rightly called him, “the Shakespeare of rock ‘n’ roll”, Berry was one first artist to perform as well as write his own music. His memorable popular compositions fused together fringes of jazz, blues and rock into tunes unforgettable. It is true that Elvis Presley was the first pop-rock ‘n’ roll heartthrob but Berry was known for his theoretical and conceptual genius. He was much more than just another jukebox hit.
From songs like ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’, ‘Maybellene’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B Goode’ in the late 1950s, Berry helped lay the foundation for modern rock music and was a major influence on scores of 1960s bands, including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and musicians including Bruce Springsteen and Keith Richards.
The last mark of his musical journey: On Berry’s 90th birthday, Oct. 18, 2016: He was planning to release his first studio album in almost 40 years. The album called simply “Chuck” and scheduled for release in June, was to consist primarily of new compositions.