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Chuck Berry: John Lennon, Public Enemy, Anthony Kiedis and more on the man who invented rock ‘n’ roll

Chuck Berry – the man who inspired The Beatles, The Stones and countless others since – would have turned 91 today (October 18). As the following quotes and tributes from some of the world’s most legendary musicians point out, we really do have Chuck Berry to thank for rock 'n' roll music. by Nick Harris

Keith Richards recalls being punched by Chuck Berry

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has recalled being punched by the late Chuck Berry. Rock n roll pioneer Berry passed away last month (March 18). Read NME's obituary. Writing a tribute to Berry for Rolling Stone, Richards described the late musician as "the granddaddy of us all" and "incredibly versatile". He also described an incident which saw Berry punch him. "Chuck Berry once gave...

Listen to Chuck Berry’s new single ‘Big Boys’

Chuck Berry's new single 'Big Boys' has been released
A posthumous Chuck Berry single called 'Big Boys' has been released. The single, which features Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff, will appear on the rock icon's final album, 'CHUCK', which is due in June. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8Zoh-apWRE In the days after his death, Berry's family gave fans an update on the music pioneer's final album. "Since Chuck’s passing on Saturday, the Berry family has...

Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers honour Chuck Berry by covering ‘Johnny B. Goode’

Anthony Kiedis and Chuck Berry
Red Hot Chili Peppers paid tribute to the late Chuck Berry last weekend by performing a cover of 'Johnny B. Goode' during the show in Vancouver. The rock'n'roll pioneer passed away on Saturday from natural causes, aged 90. Tributes have poured in for the artist, with the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger declaring that Berry's music "is ingrained inside us forever." ...

Chuck Berry died of ‘natural causes’

Chuck Berry died of natural causes, according to reports. The rock 'n' roll veteran passed away at the weekend (March 18). Read NME's obituary. According to TMZ, Berry's cause of death was a "natural" one and there will be no autopsy. Berry's doctor will reportedly sign off on the death certificate. Berry was considered a pioneer of the rock and roll genre. His first single, ‘Maybellene’...

Chuck Berry’s family issue statement and reveal plans for his final album

Chuck Berry and Keith Richards
Chuck Berry's family have issued a statement following the rock icon's death, and provided an update on the release of his final album. The rock 'n' roll veteran passed away at the weekend, before friends and fans including The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Queen guitarist Brian May spoke out to pay tribute. Now, his family have broken their silence. "Since...

Brian May writes touching tribute to late Chuck Berry

Queen guitarist Brian May has posted a touching tribute to the late Chuck Berry on his website. Following the announcement of the Rock n Roll legend’s death aged 90 last night, May wrote on Twitter: “Rock and Roll grieves tonight as our hero Chuck Berry steps into the next world.  We salute you…” https://twitter.com/DrBrianMay/status/843262137615208448 The guitarist has now followed the Tweet with...

Obituary: Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry, 1926-2017

Chuck Berry
Any history of rock ’n’ roll music that will ever be written must, by rights, start with the words ‘Chuck Berry’. They’re the two words that will feature most regularly too; when tracing the setlists of The Beatles in Hamburg, recalling the records that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards bonded over when they ran into each other at Dartford...

The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen pay tribute to the late Chuck Berry

Musicians and celebrities have taken to social media to express their grief and pay tribute to the passing of blues legend, Chuck Berry. The iconic singer-songwriter was found unresponsive in his Missouri home on Saturday afternoon (19 March). The 90-year-old musician could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 1:26pm, according to the St Charles County Police. In the wake of...

Rock and Roll musician Chuck Berry dies aged 90

The iconic rock and roll musician Chuck Berry has died aged 90. Police in Missouri announced that Berry had been found unresponsive at his home on Saturday afternoon. The St Charles County Police confirmed the news on Twitter and Facebook, reporting that they had tried and failed to revive the musician. They wrote on Facebook: “first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately...