Chuck Berry
Rock-N-Roll Pioneer
Dies at 90

Photo Credit By: Rui M. Leal / PR Photos

Photo Credit By: Rui M. Leal / PR Photos

Music pioneer Chuck Berry, often called the “Father of Rock-n-Roll,” died on Saturday at his home outside of St. Louis, Missouri. He was 90. “The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry,” the department announced on its Facebook page. Born in St. Louis on October 18, 1926, Berry was first inspired to pick up the guitar after singing in a high school talent show and being accompanied by a friend who played the instrument. He had his first big break in 1952, after joining Johnnie Jonson’s band-which was later renamed the Chuck Berry Combo. Three years later, Berry signed to Chicago’s Chess Records at the suggestion of Muddy Waters and went on to write and record songs such as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Maybellene.” Known for his deceptively simple rock tunes, Berry was praised throughout his career by the likes of John Lennon, Keith Richards, and Bruce Springsteen. He is survived by his wife of 69 years Themetta Suggs and their four children: Ingrid Berry, Melody Eskridge, Aloha Isa Leigh Berry, and Charles Berry Jr.

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