Chuck Berry has gone to play his greatest hits set in the sky; he was 90 and he will be missed.
I’m reading many essays that credit Berry with the invention of Rock, which is undoubtedly fair. I think (as most things) it was more evolution than invention. Berry might not have been the first to leap from the Blues to Rock, but he was the first to make it a lifestyle.
“I just wish I could express my feelings the way Chuck Berry does,”‘ Presley once confessed.
I suppose, coming of age in the ’80s I was always aware of Berry. There was a lot of ’50s nostalgia back then, and Marty McFly’s epic sock hop made me realize that there was a lot of rock (not just do-woop) from the ’50s.
We’ll conclude with this lovely letter from Carl Sagan.
— Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) March 19, 2017
Yup, Johnny B. Goode, indeed.