Wednesday 23rd August, 2017
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Chuck Berry: Music stars pay tribute to rock 'n' roll icon

Chuck Berry: Music stars pay tribute to rock 'n' roll icon

Chuck Berry, the pioneering rhythm-and-blues guitarist and singer who was one of rock and roll’s most influ­ential performers, has died aged 90.

First responders called to a home in a sub­urb outside St Louis, Missouri, on Saturday afternoon found Berry unresponsive and were unable to revive him, according to au­thorities in St Charles County, Missouri.

In a statement on Facebook, the St Charles County Police Department said it “sadly con­firms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr, better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry”.

Berry’s jaunty, danceable songs and high-energy performances - punctuated by his sig­nature “duck walk” - made him one of the earliest stars of the burgeoning rock and roll scene that grew out of mid-century rhythm and blues.

His first big hit in 1955, Maybellene, be­came one of his signature songs, carving out a place for the new sound on the saccharine pop charts of the day.

 

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