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Chuck Berry R.I.P.

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Ouch!

Another era has come to an end.

RIP

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Glad to have had him in my youth. Thanks Chuck.

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My first musical hero - and a musical hero for many who came up in the 1950's.

Thanks Mr. Berry.

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Truly a legend, sad to see him go.

He was the seminal influence on British rock and R&B, inspiring countless bands in the 50's and 60's.

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What he did seemed so obvious after he did it, but not before.  Good job, well done.  RIP.

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So long Mr. Berry. You were a true original. You music will live on forever. R.I.P.

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I still have a few 45s but the memories are more important, and vivid.

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It kind of struck me just how relatively "young" rock music is, given that 4 of the music's most influential "founding fathers" were still with us:  Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino.  They may have been eclipsed by subsequent developments in rock, but they were huge figures in their time and helped put rock into the ears of millions of listeners in the early days.  The fact that they were still with us as sort of living national monuments was kind of comforting.  Now the first of them has passed.

Roll over Beethoven, Chuck Berry is on his way.  May he Rest in Peace.

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Few things are certain, but this much is actually certain--rock 'n roll would have developed much, much differently without Chuck Berry.

RIP, Chuck, your name is up in lights.

 

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Even my mother liked C'est la vie, said the old folks!  RIP.

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Brown Eyed Handsome Man

R.I.P.

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I felt safe when he was alive, just because he would always be there to represent himself if/when called upon. Now it's all going to be in somebody else's hands. Uh-oh...

RIP, much love. and God Bless America, you really don't know how lucky you were, boys.

 

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2 hours ago, duaneiac said:

It kind of struck me just how relatively "young" rock music is, given that 4 of the music's most influential "founding fathers" were still with us:  Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino. 

But Louis Prima, the inventor of rock, has been dead for several decades.  So it is not that young.  

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Posted (edited)

And so has been Bill Haley.

And strangely enough, fairly early on Haley was belittled as being an "old father" not really suitable for being promoted as a teen idol by "virtue" of his "age". Whereas they at the same time clipped off 5 years off the actual age of Chuck Berry (5 years being a hell of a lot that may have made an enormous difference at that time and in that age bracket) when a lot of early (i.e. 70s, probably earlier too) rock encyclopedias (at least in Europe) all claimed him to have been born in 1931 while later on - after R'n'R had long ebbed off and turned into "rock" and the R'n'R heroes played the oldies circuit to their fans who had gotten older too ;) - we were faced with the fact he actually dated from 1926 :D which made him almost as "old" as Bill Haley. And this despite the fact that Berry would have needed that artificial rejuvenating far less (just by the way he came across). ;)

Edited by Big Beat Steve

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John Lennon once stated that rock'n'roll and Chuck Berry were synonymous to him - a perfect statement. R.I.P.

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Great tunes, incredible stage presence and engagement often finishing concerts in full sweat! The excitement while listening is still complete.

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46 minutes ago, OliverM said:

 ...and engagement often finishing concerts in full sweat! The excitement while listening is still complete.

Well, not wanting to belittle his memory, but when I caught him live on stage in 1988 he played a set of relatively routine material in a routine sequence of stage effects, and after close to 60 minutes sharp everything was over as if against a stopwatch, no encore, no nothing. (Yes, and no photo taking from the audience, of course). Off the stage, lights on,over and out. Not that it was an all-out surprise (revews to that effect of his live apperances had been around), but it was a bit formulaic. Yet audience applause had not been lacking (of course 95% of those in attendance had been long-time r'n'r fans - some from way back in the 50s - so it was a matter of seeing the old hero live once more and "you can't do wrong" no matter what he did, but still ... ;)

 

 

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I never saw Chuck Berry live, but I was thinking of concerts like this one:

 

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What is the best-sounding remastered cd or cd box set of his music? 

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13 hours ago, Milestones said:

Few things are certain, but this much is actually certain--rock 'n roll would have developed much, much differently without Chuck Berry.

RIP, Chuck, your name is up in lights.

 

amen.

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I remember seeing Chuck in all those Alan Freed films and just not getting it.  But I was so much older then....  

Listening to those early recordings it's amazing how full a sound they get with just a quartet. 

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