Rock & roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

The popular singer was born in St. Louis in 1926 but was pronounced dead at his home earlier today

The popular singer was born in St. Louis in 1926 but was pronounced dead at his home earlier today

Berry was born in a middle-class African-American family in St Louis, Missouri, and picked up the guitar in an early age playing at parties, high school and neighborhoods.

Chuck completely reshaped the face of popular music. His musical style helped give birth to the age of the American teenager, all hormones and energy and optimism.

Musician Ringo Starr tweeted: "R I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock "n" roll music".

Rock band Living Colour also tweeted condolences: "RIP Chuck Berry".

Berry accrued a pretty long criminal record in his time, but a much longer lasting impact on the memories of those who grew up with him on the turn table.

He was best known for such songs as You Never Can Tell, Johnny B. Goode and Roll Over Beethoven. His smash hit song "Johnny B. Goode" was sent, on golden record, into space on the Voyager I spacecraft in 1977, where it remains.

Throughout his life, Berry had several run-ins with the law.

The musician began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio in 1953, and his break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters. A meeting in Chicago with famed blues musician Muddy Waters led to the release of Maybellene, national fame and a string of hits.

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Following the news of legendary musician Chuck Berry's death, social media was flooded with condolences and heartfelt messages about the star.

"It's not an exaggeration to say that he's the most influential figure in modern rock & roll", the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says in its biography of Berry. I soon learned that we would have to wing it if we wanted to get anything on screen.

In 1986, Berry was one of the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and "Rolling Stone" magazine rated him sixth on its list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

"The main guy was Louis Jordan".

- Arnold Schwarzenegger: "When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack". Berry was the real thing.

In terms of family, he had been married to Themetta "Toddy" Suggs since 1948 - almost 70 years. At 60, Chuck was still determined to prove that he was the original Bad Boy of rock "n" roll music.

His tragic passing comes only months after Chuck announced he would be releasing his first new studio album in 38 years to mark his 90th birthday.

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