By Michael Connelly
Neil Armstrong may have been the first to walk on the moon but, Chuck Berry was the first to duck walk. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Chuck Berry he was one of rock’s earliest pioneers. Chuck Berry died at the ripe old age of 90 and many accredit him with the creation of rock and roll. Berry was born in Missouri in 1926. Berry’s number one song was “Johnny B. Goode.” Berry’s first released After School Session in 1957. He shaped the way many artists thought about music. Some of the most famous bands he influenced were The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Alice Cooper.
Many of rock’s brightest stars have been paying tribute to the veteran performer. Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen both tweeted about the life of Chuck Berry. They praised him as the “greatest practitioner and guitarist”-Springsteen. “His lyrics shone above others”- Mick Jagger. Many also call imitation the sincerest form of flattery which Angus Young has been demonstrating since the 80s.
Berry received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 1986. The album entitled Chuck was recorded in the performer’s hometown and will be released later this year however, a date has not been set.