Today, I offer a tribute today to the late Chuck Berry, who passed away yesterday at the age of 90.
On Twitter, tweets from various music greats flew in - Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and more. He's been on Rolling Stone magazine's lists of greatest rock and roll musicians of all time. Three of his songs are on the Rolling Stone list of 500 greatest rock songs.
He was considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of the modern era.
Here are some of my favorite Chuck Berry songs.
From 1956, Roll Over Beethoven.
Johnny B. Goode - a live performance from 1958.
Also from 1958, Sweet Little Sixteen.
You may want to remove the children from the room for this final one. This song was popular when I was in college, and this live performance - well, let's say it's not suitable for all audiences. But it was his only #one hit song.
Berry, as late as last year, was still performing live shows. He was planning to release an album later this year called Chuck. It would have been his first album in 38 years. This rock pioneer proved you don't have to be young to rock and roll.
Another rock and roll great gone.
Rest in Peace, Chuck Berry.