Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry dead at 90

Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died March 18 at his home west of St. Louis. He was 90.
“Chuck Berry was a rock and roll original. A gifted guitar player, an amazing live performer, and a skilled songwriter whose music and lyrics captured the essence of 1950s teenage life,” The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame said in a statement.
Berry began playing music professionally in the early ’50s. His instrumental style was influenced by the work of ’40s R&B star Louis Jordan’s guitarist Carl Hogan, jazz picker Charlie Christian and bluesman T-Bone Walker.
Berry’s final album, “Chuck,” will be released June 16 on Dualtone Records, the record label announced Wednesday.
The first single “Big Boys” is available for streaming now. The single includes Nathaniel Rateliff and Tom Morello. Other guests on the album include Gary Clark Jr., and Chuck’s grandson Charles Berry III. Author and historian Douglas Brinkley contributes liner notes.

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