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Old 03-18-2017, 05:32 PM
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OT: Chuck Berry, Musician Who Helped Define Rock ’N’ Roll, Dies at 90

Chuck Berry, Musician Who Helped Define Rock ’N’ Roll, Dies at 90
Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday. He was 90.

The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed his death on its Facebook page. The department said it responded to a medical emergency at a home and he was declared dead after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.

While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they did themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.

His guitar lines wired the lean twang of country and the bite of the blues into phrases with both a streamlined trajectory and a long memory. And tucked into the lighthearted, telegraphic narratives that he sang with such clear enunciation was a sly defiance, upending convention to claim the pleasures of the moment.

In “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “You Can’t Catch Me” and other songs, Mr. Berry invented rock as a music of teenage wishes fulfilled and good times (even with cops in pursuit). In “Promised Land,” “Too Much Monkey Business” and “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” he celebrated and satirized America’s opportunities and class tensions. His rock ’n’ roll was a music of joyful lusts, laughed-off tensions and gleefully shattered icons.
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Old 03-18-2017, 05:54 PM
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One way to honor Mr. Berry, with a joke I heard years ago.

In the early 1970s, when NASA shot Pioneer 10 and 11 into space, the space crafts contained a plaque depicting humans and the position of earth in the solar system. On board were several examples of daily life, including chewing gum, a newspaper, a baseball, some LPs and 45s and artwork by Michaelangelo. Years later, radio astronomers received a faint signal from beyond the solar system, at the fringe of our galaxy. They rushed to decode it, but the signal was so week it took them weeks to amplify it and begin translation. Finally, they pieced together the message, and held a massive press conference to announce our first contact with extraterrestrial life. Everyone wanted to know what the message was. "It's very simple," said Wernher von Braun, "It reads: 'Send more Chuck Berry.'"
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Old 03-18-2017, 05:59 PM
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My favorite artist, the Poet Laureate of rock'n 'roll.
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:30 PM
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Legend! Lived a nice long life.
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:48 PM
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Great portrait. Looks like a very humble guy.
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:15 PM
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RIP Chuck Berry. Thanks for helping open the eyes of a generation.

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Old 03-18-2017, 07:55 PM
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I always loved this scene:

https://youtu.be/S1i5coU-0_Q
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Old 03-18-2017, 08:24 PM
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I always loved this scene:

https://youtu.be/S1i5coU-0_Q
Ha. I often say "Marvin. . Marvin BERRY" when someone asks me "who?".

The man was a titan. I felt bad about him playing the last several years; kinda feel like he was being taken advantage of by his son. I drove 5 hours on a Tuesday night to see him and my buddy's band open up at Blueberry Hill. Worked the next day on 2 hours sleep high on rock n roll. I got to see him do the duck walk and shake his hand; a really big hand.

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Old 03-18-2017, 08:25 PM
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I loved Chuck Berry from the first time I heard him. Not only did my dad love him, but he is my six year old daughter's favorite musician also, right ahead of Beethoven. I would imagine that runs in a lot of families. I was out in the garage listening to him today before I read this news.

Very few musicians were as important as he was. Two of my favorite tributes to Chuck Berry from people who understand music much better than I do:



"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry'"

--John Lennon



"Well all Chuck's children are out there playing his licks
Get into your kicks
Come back baby
Rock 'n Roll never forgets"

--Bob Seger
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Sad news! He will be missed.
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I can't even begin to describe what a vast pervasive influence Chuck Berry had on me

...which is weird, because I suspect you would never hear it in my music...and, had he not just passed away, I would probably be extremely reluctant to give him that much credit. But when you're 11 years old, you are EXTREMELY impressionable.
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Lots of great musicians have died and they will be missed.

Chuck berry was a great musician who will never be replaced.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ROwVrF0Ceg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jKrHzps0XM
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:08 PM
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Ha. I often say "Marvin. . Marvin BERRY" when someone asks me "who?".

The man was a titan. I felt bad about him playing the last several years; kinda feel like he was being taken advantage of by his son. I drove 5 hours on a Tuesday night to see him and my buddy's band open up at Blueberry Hill. Worked the next day on 2 hours sleep high on rock n roll. I got to see him do the duck walk and shake his hand; a really big hand.
That's a great line...I should start using that..


Chuck took from T Bone Walker. If you listen to T Bone and hear the shades of the Chuck Berry Riff, you know how creative Chuck was...
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:11 PM
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I crossed paths with him about 25 years ago at the register of a gas station in St Louis. I went in to pay and an older, somewhat thin, man was finishing up his transaction. I waited a bit, and after he walked out the gal at the register said "Do you know who that was?" I didn't and said so, so she said "Chuck Berry!" And sure enough, once she had pointed that out I recognized him.

One of my best buddies at work has a picture, taken about that same time, of his wife sitting on Berry's lap. I think they were at Blueberry Hill, a pretty famous bar in St Louis where bands play down in the basement. In fact, Blueberry Hill is almost right across the street from Buldogge's tattoo studio.
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