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March 18th

Chuck Berry, Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer, Dies 90

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Chuck Berry Cause of Death

Police in St. Charles County, Missouri, were called to Berry's house on March 18, 2017, where he was found unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene, aged 90.