Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr.—better known as guitar god “Chuck” Berry—has passed away at the age of 90.
Berry’s death was confirmed by the St. Charles County Police Department, which wrote on its Facebook page that the legendary musician was found unresponsive in his home just before 1 p.m., and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Berry, known for what Varietycalls “droll singing, inventive guitar licks and acute eye and ear for the nuances of teenage life,” received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
His first breakthrough came in 1955, a rewrite of a 1938 country song by Bob Wills renamed “Maybellene.” From there, he recorded such hits as “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” inspiring teenagers Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, who later covered Berry’s songs along with countless others, ranging…
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