Chuck Berry: 1926 – 2017

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Chuck Berry, the singer-songwriter and guitarist who was one of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll, died Saturday, March 18, 2017. He was 90.

Chuck Berry

Berry was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon in St. Charles County, Missouri.

Born Oct. 18, 1926, Berry wrote and performed some of the great classics of the early rock ‘n’ roll era – “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and many more. In 1953, he began performing with Johnnie Johnson, who would become Berry’s frequent collaborator. Berry got a kick out of experimenting with combining the blues he regularly played with the country music he heard white audiences requesting. The combination caught on, and more and more people began attending his concerts. He caught the attention of famed bluesman Muddy Waters, who sent him to audition for Chess Records. Founder Leonard Chess liked what he heard, recorded and released “Maybellene,” and a legend was born.

He topped the R&B chart over and over, and while he frequently had songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, only one of his singles ever saw the No. 1 spot there – the novelty song “My Ding-a-Ling.” He continued to play and tour well into his 80s.

 

Chuck Berry, el cantautor y guitarrista que fue uno de los pioneros del rock ‘n’ roll, murió el sábado 18 de marzo de 2017. Tenía 90 años.

Berry fue encontrado inconsciente el sábado por la tarde en el condado de St. Charles, Missouri.

Nacido el 18 de octubre de 1926, Berry escribió e interpretó algunos de los grandes clásicos de la era del rock ‘n’ roll – “Johnny B. Goode”, “Maybellene”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Rock and Roll Music” “Sweet Little Sixteen” y muchos más. En 1953, comenzó a tocar con Johnnie Johnson, quien se convertiría en colaborador frecuente de Berry. Berry disfrutaba experimentar con la combinación de los blues que tocaba regularmente con la música country que solicitaban las audiencias anglosajonas. La combinación cautivó y más personas comenzaron a asistir a sus conciertos. Él llamó la atención del famoso hombre de blues Muddy Waters, quien lo envió a la audición de Chess Records. Su fundador, Leonard Chess, le gustó lo que escuchó, grabó y lanzó “Maybellene”, y desde entonces nació una leyenda.

Él encabezó las listas de R & B una y otra vez, y mientras él frecuentemente tenía canciones en el Top 10 de los Billboard Hot 100, sólo uno de sus singles llegó al primer lugar: “My Ding-a-Ling. ” Él continuó realizando presentaciones hasta sus 80s.

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