Friend: Chuck Berry's 1st album in decades is 'sensational'

Posted March 20, 2017

While studios often release tribute albums of classics or unused material after an artist dies, Berry's upcoming album featuring mostly original songs was announced in October. Among these songs are "Roll Over Beethoven", "Johnny B. Goode", "Rock and Roll Music", and "Sweet Little Sixteen".

Police responded to calls to a medical emergency at Berry's home in Buckner Road, just outside his birthplace of St Louis, at around 12.40pm (5.40pm GMT) on Saturday.

Paramedics tried to administer "lifesaving techniques" but he could not be revived.

"The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement", the Facebook post read.

Tom Fletcher, the guitarist of McFly - named after Michael J Fox's character in Back to the Future, who plays Johnny B Goode - said: "RIP Chuck Berry. All of us in rock have now lost our father", he told his Twitter followers.

Ringo Starr quoted Berry's Rock & Roll Music, a song The Beatles would later cover, while British actor Connor McIntyre picked out a lyric from School Day.

Just let me hear some of that rock "n" roll music any old way you use it I am playing I'm talking about you.

Bill Clinton wrote: "Chuck Berry's life was a treasure and a triumph, and he'll never be forgotten".

"He was such a part of the rock and roll hall of fame", said Jason Hanley with the museum.

"Chuck Berry was the greatest creative force in the birth of Rock & Roll - that's a fact", Hackford began.

"The first time I ever sang in a talent competition, in the mid-'70s sometime, it was this song", said Jon Bon Jovi while introducing "Johnny B. Goode".

Brian Wilson was backstage Saturday night, waiting to perform at Indio, California's Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for his Pet Sounds 50th anniversary tour, when he heard that one of his idols, Chuck Berry, had died.

The Rolling Stones, who launched their own recording career releasing a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On" as their debut single in 1963, have paid tribute to the late rock "n" roll legend upon hearing the news of his death.

If rock and roll's first generation had a Mount Rushmore, Berry's face would be front and/or center, next to Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins (start the arguing now).