Chuck Berry remembered by Okemos musician Bob Baldori

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"All of us in rock have now lost our father", he said.

It was with Johnson that Berry first made his mark, playing at black clubs in the St. Louis area at the musically ripe age of 27. "Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock "n" roll writer who ever lived", he wrote.

Shock Rocker Alice Cooper also took to twitter to pay his tribute, calling Berry "the genesis behind the great sound of rock "n" roll". Then pass along some thanks today to Chuck Berry.

Ringo Starr quoted Berry's Rock & Roll Music, a song The Beatles would later cover, while British actor Connor McIntyre picked out a lyric from School Day.

"If you tried to give rock "n" roll another name", Lennon once said, "you might call it "Chuck Berry".

Politicians also paid their condolences.

"Chuck Berry's life was a treasure and a triumph, and he'll never be forgotten." - former President Bill Clinton.

Two fellow music legends wrote about Berry's influence. According to reports, he died at his home near Wentzville, Mo., Sat. March 18. He was found in an unresponsive state at 12:40 pm. Police have not released a cause of death.

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The St Charles County Police Department confirmed his death in a statement. "Johnny B. Goode" was included alongside music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart on the golden record launched aboard the Voyager I spacecraft in 1977.

In 1984 he was presented with a Grammy Award lifetime achievement prize and was among the first to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

To celebrate turning 90, the rocker announced last fall he would release his first album in 38 years - "Chuck" - sometime in 2017 on the Nashville-based lable Dualtone.

Berry's legendary career spanned over 7 decades.

Chuck Berry, the father of rock n' roll, passed away Saturday at 90 years old. In the introduction, director Taylor Hackford says that Berry "wasn't always cooperative".

Berry said the musical genres that inspired him were swing and big band, the music of the 1940s.

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie described the musician as his biggest inspiration.

The 1965 song "Subterranean Homesick Blues", with its rushing cadences and jumble of surreal lyrics, directly emulates Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business", a litany of complaints about modern life.

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