Chuck Berry Dies at 90

Chuck Berry, one of the most influential pioneers of rock-and-roll music — indeed, one of the early creators of the genre — has died at the age of 90.

He was a heavy influence on the Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and most other rock musicians, whether they realized it or not.

Some of his most famous songs include “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” and “Johnny B. Goode.”

Since the 1950s, each new generation of kids re-discovered Chuck Berry’s music. After the Beatles broke up, John Lennon appeared on TV to jam with Chuck Berry. In the 1980s, the climax to the blockbuster Back to the Future featured “Johnny B. Goode.” More recently, Bruce Springsteen played with Chuck Berry at concerts.

A quick listen to 1950s Chuck Berry shows that his music sounds as fresh today as it did more than half a century ago.

 

david wheeler
david wheeler

Senior Editor

David R. Wheeler is a journalism professor and freelance writer. He heard about that band before you did, but he’s gonna be cool about it.

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