Remembering Chuck Berry: Interesting facts about his life and career
The "Godfather of Rock and Roll" lived an eventful life
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"I learned more from Chuck Berry about America than I could have from the U.S. Information Service in London," said British musician Eric Burdon in an 1967 interview. As one of the pioneers of rock and roll, Chuck Berry really was the embodiment of America. With songs like 'Maybellene' (1955), 'Roll Over Beethoven' (1956), 'Rock and Roll Music' (1957), and 'Johnny B. Goode' (1958), Berry refined R&B and gave us rock and roll. As John Lennon said "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry." The legendary guitarist died March 18, 2017, at age 90, leaving behind a trajectory that forever changed American—and world—music.