St. Louis, Missouri, Sunday March 18,2017:-
Chuck Berry, who had a large role in popularizing rock “n” role died at his home here Saturday, police and other sources in entertainment circles confirmed.
Police officers from St. Charles County who responded to calls of a medical emergency found the rock”n” roll icon unconscious shortly before 1 p.m. according to authorities. First responders failed in their efforts to revive Berry, who was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.
Former president and first lady Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger of the rolling stones were among those who took to twitter to hail Berry.
Regarded as one of the best guitarists, Berry dominated popcharts, radio and the Juke Box in the 1950s and 60s. His hits included “My Ding – A- Ling,” “Johnny B Goode , ” Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Maybellene,” and “Roll Over Beethoven.”
He is credited with influencing other artistes of the rock “n” roll genre. Convicted in 1962 following a 1959 arrest for illegally taking a minor — suspected at the time of being a prostitute – across state line, Berry wrote the classics ” Promised Land, ” No Particular Place to Go” and “Nadine” while serving an 18 month sentence.
In his tribute, Springsteen described Berry as “rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock “n” roll writer who ever lived.”
“The man was inseparable from his music – both were utterly originally and distinctly American,” the Clintons said, while Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger said of Berry on Twitter: “He lit up our teenage years and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers.”