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R.I.P Chuck Berry 1926-2017

Published: Thursday 23 March 2017

Rock’n’Roll Pioneer and Guitar Hero Chuck Berry Passes Away at 90

Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry left this Earth on March 18th 2017, and his influence on rock and roll music and popular culture cannot be over-estimated. Upon his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 it was said that “While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together.”, whilst no less than John Lennon, appearing on the Mike Douglas TV Show in 1972, said “If you had to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry”.

He was a founding practitioner in the world of Rock, his first single “Maybellene” being released on the Chess label in 1955, after Berry took the advice of Muddy Waters to record there. “Maybellene” became a number one on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues Chart, selling over a million copies, and burning the iconic imagery of Berry’s on-stage persona into the minds of teenagers and guitarists all over the world. Many of these influenced individuals would go on to form legendary bands in their own rite, but it was Chuck that gave them the vision and the sound.

Musicians Speak Out for Chuck Berry:

“He was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock ‘n’ roll.”

Paul McCartney

“It’s hard for me to induct him, because I lifted every lick he ever played.”

Keith Richards, speaking at Berry’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“There’s only one true king of rock ‘n’ roll. His name is Chuck Berry.”

Stevie Wonder

“He whupped my butt … He said he was the king of rock ‘n’ roll and I said I was. And he said he was and he proved he was. I don’t argue with him no more.”

Jerry Lee Lewis

“Now you and Elvis are pretty good but you ain’t Chuck Berry.”

Jerry Lee Lewis’s Mother

“Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother!”

Lenny Kravitz

“All of us are footnotes to the words of Chuck Berry.”

Leonard Cohen

To celebrate the music and accomplishments of Chuck Berry we have prepared a collection of the guitars that Chuck became known for using throughout his career. R.I.P Chuck Berry, a visionary musician and world-class showman.

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