Legendary musician Chuck Berry dies at age 90

Pierre Vaugeois
Mars 19, 2017

Chuck Berry, one of the most important artists in the development of Rock and Roll, died on Saturday from a yet unannounced cause.

St. Charles County, Missouri, police said they responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. They were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. Not surprisingly, Berry was among the first group of performers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. (In the 2008 movie Cadillac Records inspired by the Chess Records story, Mos Def portrayed Berry.) These include "Maybelline", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Johnny B. Goode", and "Carol", which would be covered by the Rolling Stones early in their career.

St. Charles County is located about 45 minutes west of St. Louis. After his release, Berry worked an assembly line and studied cosmetology, before finding his place in American history with a guitar in his hands and a captain's hat on his head. His songs had lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism.

Berry's signature duck walk was adopted by the likes of admiring bands such as The Who and AC/DC. He'd been known to take refuge in police stations to dodge protesters after his shows, which sometimes featured police presence themselves, according to an Esquire profile. He was convicted under the Mann Act and served 18 months in prison. He never stopped writing music, and performed regular gigs at a local restaurant and club called Blueberry Hill.

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