Chuck Berry Oct 1926 - Mar 18, 2017
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I’ve wanted to write this post since I read the devastating news of his passing on Saturday, 18 March 2017. We used to listen to him as teens and when we took up the guitar, growing up, we tried to learn his songs on the guitar. I still have a close friend who plays the guitar very well. He grew up playing tunes by Chuck Berry. I was so sorry to hear of his passing, but I know none of us lives forever and at least he made it to the age of 90, which is longer than most musicians.
Now I’d like to tell you a little about his life. He was a pioneer in the rock and roll genre. His career spanned seven decades. That’s a long time to play music, but that’s what he loved and it’s always nice to be able to make a living at what you love to do. How many of us really get to do that?
I know some of you have heard some of his best hits, which are “Johnny B Goode,” “Roll over Beethoven” and “Sweet little Sixteen.”
Chuck Berry was born Charles Edward Anderson in October of 1926. He actually transformed the music industry in the 1950’s by taking R and B and creating rock and roll. John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and Huey Lewis were all influenced by this man who helped shape their own careers.
Chuck Berry is survived by his wife and two children.
On Saturday, April first, we start the A to Z Challenge again, so I wanted to post this now because the next post will be part of the challenge, which runs the whole month of April. I hope to keep up with that along with working and my police class. We’ll see how well I can manage my time and multi-tasking. Of course, you all know determination is my theme song, so somehow I’ll manage to get it all done, I hope. During the challenge, I'll be posting whatever crosses my mind. Hopefully, it’ll be worth reading.