"He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers", Stones' lead singer Mick Jagger tweeted. His lyrics shone above others & threw a odd light on the American dream. In the 1957 hit Rock and Roll Music, Berry sang, "It's gotta be rock "n" roll music, if you wanna dance with me". Legend has it that he developed his duck walk as a means of hiding the wrinkles in the one good suit he had brought on tour.
In 1984 he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy.
Berry's blues-hued footprint was all over the biggest rock artists of all time, your John Lennons and Paul McCartneys, your Rolling Stones and your all-the-others. "God bless Chuck Berry Chuck", tweeted the Beatles' Ringo Starr.
Brian Wilson, the creative force behind the Beach Boys, also spoke of his grief. The "B" sides were also fabulous blues based rock and roll and Chucks lyrics were the most wonderful story telling music on the radio. The star was hard to handle, and the shows were carelessly played more often than not, but his legend saw him through professionally until the end of his life.
Berry starred in the Freed jukebox pictures Rock Rock Rock!, Mister Rock and Roll and Go, Johnny, Go! as well as Jazz on a Summer's Day, 1959 documentary about the Newport Jazz Festival. Berry was 90 years old.
Country singer Keith Urban simply tweeted: "Thank you for the poetry".
The St. Louis auteur contributed three things to rock music that no one else did: (1) An irresistible swagger, (2) a focus on the guitar riff as the primary melodic element and (3) an emphasis on songwriting as storytelling. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer patterned her guitar playing on Berry's style and hailed his influence.
LEGENDARY musician Chuck Berry has died aged 90, police have confirmed. None of us would have been here without you.
Hailing Berry as a "fundamental creator of Rock and Roll", he ended his post saying he was off to play the rock "n" roll hero's music.