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Rest in Peace, Chuck Berry: 1926 – 2017; Musicians React on Social Media

Written by: Rock Cellar Magazine Staff

Music lost an absolute legend on Saturday, when rock n’ roll legend Chuck Berry died at the age of 90. A message was posted on his official website confirming the news:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry – beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather – passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.

After the news hit the Internet, fond remembrances and respects were paid from music figures from all walks of life, as Berry’s influence was expansive:

Gene Simmons of KISS performed a tribute to Berry at his gig Saturday night:

One Response to Rest in Peace, Chuck Berry: 1926 – 2017; Musicians React on Social Media

  1. Insomnius Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    it was either 1979 or 1980 & chuck berry, fresh outta jail,was playing at the Ritz in nyc. most of the kids there were clueless about his music. when he began tuning-up on stage, they yelled out for Louie Louie and Jumping Jack Flash. he looked pissed as hell and ready to leave before the show even started. and then I yelled out “hey chuck, play Maybelline” and his face lit-up with joy, and he pointed to me(the kid with the dark shades leaning against the front of the stage) and says to me “you got it friend” and his pick-up band began to play a kick-ass version of Maybelline, complete with duckwalk during the solo, and when he got to the third verse, he put the microphone up close to me and let me sing along with him, then slapped me an old-school low high-five, and acknowledged my presence (“that’s for my friend with the shades”).it was a moment I’ll always treasure. he even played some of his more obscure classics like Havana moon which I also requested. and by the time he ended with Johnny B.Goode ,the stage was packed with beautiful girls go-go-dancing wildly like it was the set of shindig or one of those other 60’s dance-shows. and of all the concerts I’ve ever seen, that was the one I remember best. earth may have lost chuck berry, but heaven finally gained a bandleader. go berry go!
    -the kid with the shades
    who requested Maybelline
    at the Ritz in New York

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