Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr. was idolized by many up and coming musicians and artists in his heyday such as the Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
Berry stated to Rolling Stone that his father had suffered from pneumonia and had a hard time recovering due to his elderly age. Elvis Presley's rocked-up version of the blues song "That's All Right" dropped in 1954, and "Rocket 88" - an Ike Turner-helmed recording some historians hail as the first true rock n' roll release - actually came out in 1951, years before the rock revolution started in earnest. "I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us", wrote Jagger. Since then, he forged a life that included three years in reform school, 20 months in prison, and decades in the spotlight, pioneering a musical form that has become synonymous with American music. "Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever". Bruce Springsteen called him the "greatest" on Twitter, while Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys tweeted that Berry was "a big inspiration".
"You can hear his influence in every rock & roll band from my generation on".
The Recording Academy, which awarded Berry a lifetime achievement award in 1984, referred to Berry as "arguably the founding father of rock and roll".
Bruce Springsteen also needed more than one tweet to talk about Berry. The first album I ever bought was Chuck's "Live at the Tivoli" and I was never the same.
"His music and his influence will last forever".
"RIP Chuck Berry! Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency!" "And like most 90-year-old men, he has good days and he has bad days".
"He is, quite simply, one of the 20th century's most influential musicians", the 42nd President saidof Berry at the Kennedy Center Honor's reception.
Chuck Berry's songs were so significant to the history of popular music that his work even made it to the cargo of both Voyager ships in the form of his iconic tune "Johnny B. Goode".
The New York Times gorgeously celebrates "his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties" as well as his gifts as rock "n" roll music's "master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they did themselves". None of us would have been here without you.