Rock Hall pays tribute to Chuck Berry, its first inductee

Rock Hall pays tribute to Chuck Berry, its first inductee

Rock Hall pays tribute to Chuck Berry, its first inductee

Growing up in Winnipeg, my teenage years were an wonderful mix and stew of many kinds of music. His lyrics shone above others [and] threw a unusual light on the American Dream.

He concluded: "Chuck, you were incredible, and your music is engraved inside us forever".

"One of my big lights has gone out!"

Eschewing the studio for the last three decades of his life, Berry scratched his musical itch by playing dates at his hometown club BlueBerry Hill and paid the bills with gigs at rock and blues festivals at home and overseas. "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. "Original Pure Rock n Roll".

Berry is credited with originating many quirks exclusively associated with the rock "n" roll genre, including a rollicking, danceable beat, his famous "duck walk" and a heavy, rhythmic guitar style that he may well have been described in the song Johnny B. Goode: "just like he's ringin' a bell".

President Bill Clinton congratulates Berry on his Kennedy Center Honors recognition in 2000.

Berry's influence was not limited to musicians.

"The first, the best, a friend".

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Bold, brilliant, inventive, ingenious, difficult, divisive, recalcitrant, a mercenary, bitter to the bitter end - Berry was called all of these things and more, and a lot of it he deserved.

Chuck Berry, a singer and guitarist who did as much as anyone to make rock and roll matter over the past 60 years, died Saturday at age 90. Our thoughts are with the Berry family.

Rod Stewart said in a statement: "It started with Chuck Berry". The first album I ever bought was Chuck's "Live at the Tivoli" and I was never the same. He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock 'n Roll.

Daughter Ingrid Berry-Clay and son Charles Berry Jr both performed alongside their father as members of his band.

"Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock'n'roll".

In 2012, the Rock Hall devoted its week-long American Music Masters Series tribute to the man. His work influenced almost every popular musician that came after. His music will live on forever.

"Hail Hail Chuck Berry!" tweeted, in a reference to Berry's song "Hail Hail Rock n' Roll".

Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. Then it went interstellar aboard @NASAVoyager. And anyone who's heard him sing School Days - the song that gave that film its title - knows Berry is only moved when "the feeling is there, body and soul". He was undisputedly the king.

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