After Chuck Berrys Death Bruce Springsteen Ringo Star and Other Legends Pay

first_img After Chuck Berry’s Death, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Star and Other Legends Pay Tribute The influential musician died today at 90. Chuck Berry, often called the ‘father of rock ‘n’ roll,’ died today in St. Louis. Police responded to a medical emergency and he could not be revived. Berry was 90 years old. Berry is known in part for classic songs, such as “Johnny B. Goode,” but mostly for inspiring some of the biggest names in music. In fact, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, once old school mates who’d lost touch, re-connected in part because of Chuck Berry, when Keith saw Mick holding one of the artist’s records. In a famous letter to his aunt before the Rolling Stones hit it big, a 19-year-old Keith Richards gushes about playing guitar “Chuck style” and bumping into Mick. The Rolling Stones played its first gig around three months after that fateful meeting. In fact, the list of legends Berry inspired reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of modern music and includes names such as Smokey Robinson, Joan Jett, Bob Seger, Roy Orbison and Stevie Wonder. John Lennon even once said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name you might call it Chuck Berry.” Berry’s influence was not limited to musicians. Even Carl Sagan was a fan. On Berry’s 60th birthday, Sagan wrote him a special letter. In it, he said: When they tell you your music will live forever, you can usually be sure they’re exaggerating. But Johnny B. Goode is on the Voyager interstellar records attached to NASA’s Voyager spacecraft — now two billion miles from Earth and bound for the stars. These records will last a billion years or more. Upon hearing of his passing, top artists, leaders and even astronauts took to Twitter to pay their respects. For a sense of Berry’s impact, take a look at their tributes.Your music rocketed on Earth. Then it went interstellar aboard @NASAVoyager. #JohnnyBGoode #RIP, Chuck Berry.— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) March 18, 2017I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing – a big inspiration! He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock ‘n Roll. Love & Mercy— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) March 18, 2017The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock’n’roll & a massive influence.— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 18, 2017Chuck Berry was not only a brilliant guitarist, singer and performer, but most importantly, he was a master craftsman as a songwriter. 2/3— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 18, 2017Chuck Berry’s songs will live forever 3/3— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 18, 2017When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack. He rocked the world. RIP.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 18, 2017Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017Just let me hear some of that rock ‘n’ roll music any old way you use it I am playing  I’m talking about you. God bless  Chuck Berry Chuck ?— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 18, 2017″He could play the guitar just like ringing a bell.” We will miss you, Chuck Berry.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 19, 2017I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. 1/3— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017My profound respect and admiration to one of the founding fathers of rock and roll, who sadly passed today — the late, great CHUCK BERRY— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) March 18, 2017Rest In Peace Chuck Berry— Tom Petty (@tompetty) March 19, 2017RIP King Of Rock And Roll Mr Chuck Berry. On Behalf of @PublicEnemyFTP and @prophetsofrage it was fitting for me to salute with this Art— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 19, 2017His Johnny B. Goode is on Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft. You were more than good Chuck. You will be missed.— Bill Nye (@BillNye) March 18, 2017 –shares Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: Getty Images. Photo by Echoes/Redferns) March 19, 2017 4 min read Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Project Grow Chuck Berry performing on stage. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Add to Queue Apply Now »last_img read more