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Chuck Berry Appreciation: Hail to the True Creator of Rock Music and Rock Attitude

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By rocknation / April 16, 2017

Hohum, there’s “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Maybellene,” “Rock and Roll Music” and all the others. Chuck Berry, Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend Known for Classics Like ‘Johnny B. Goode,’ Dies at 90 In the early 1950s, helped immeasurably by pianist Johnnie Johnson, he created the sound of rock ‘n’ roll by supercharging blues beats and adding the lilt of country music; others had tried out a similar mix, but none had the drive and swagger of Berry. […] just about everybody who’s ever strapped on an electric guitar has played a Chuck Berry riff and copped a little Chuck Berry approach. Perhaps it didn’t help that he could be a cranky, hard guy, that even admirers like Richards found him impossible to manage, that he apparently showed up for concerts caring more about collecting his fee (in cash, please) than about putting on an excellent show. […] he generally did put on an excellent show anyway, because he was Chuck Berry, dammit, as well as a show full of Chuck Berry tunes and Chuck Berry riffs and Chuck Berry lyrics and Chuck Berry approach is pretty much a definition of rock ‘n’ roll. […] together with his passing in the age of 90, let’s not reduce Berry to some of classic tunes, a few guitar riffs as well as a duck walk.

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