On Saturday, March 18, rock 'n roll legend Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90.
Berry got his start in music at a young age, first performing in high school. He got his more official start in 1953 when he started performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. Upon going solo, he achieved near immediate success with a string of singles, including "Maybellene".
With his combination of country music, blues, an electric guitar, and a certain swagger, he is often credited with creating rock and roll. His style became the template for many early rock artists and he has inspired countless more over the six decades since.
He lived a long life and continued performing live well into his eighties, though it has been more then 30 years since his last studio album. A new album was announced on Berry's 90th birthday, October 18 of last year, and got a release date of June 16 after he passed. He may be gone, but he still has new music to bring us.
Goodbye, Mr. Berry!
Songs to remember him by:
"Roll Over Beethoven"
"Sweet Little Sixteen"