The pioneering rock ‘n’ roll guitarist and songwriter Chuck Berry died. He was 90 years old.
I saw him perform at his St. Louis club Blueberry Hill. He must have been in his 80s. But what energy he showed! What joy! What connection with his audience!
After the jump, a link to an obituary story that goes into detail about just what it was about his guitar playing and his songwriting that made them so good.
Also, read this interview from 1987, in which Berry confessed that his favorite kind of music is big band. Also how he wrote from a teenager’s perspective even though he was an adult and far older than his rock musician peers such as Elvis. And why he wasn’t bitter that white musicians like Presley and the Rolling Stones made much more money from his music than he did.
In memory of “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” here is a clip of him playing at Blueberry Hill in his 80’s. Yes, his voice is about gone, but listen to him playing the guitar. Like ringing a bell.