Chuck Berry, the man whose name will forever be synonymous with rock 'n roll, died today at age 90. He was found in his home in St. Charles County in Missouri by police, who responded to an emergency call and tried, unsuccessfully, to resuscitate him.
I owe my career, and before that my life, to rock music. I can't imagine how i would have spent my formative years, let alone be let loose on New York radio, without rock music. The fact that I left radio in 2002 doesn't diminish my love for rock music; it inspires me constantly, and is reflected in everything I do personally and professionally. And whether you're a Beatles or a Stones fan, a mod or a rocker, whatever your tastes, the fact remains - if you've ever been touched by rock music, you've felt Chuck Berry's influence.
Chuck Berry invented rock, and inspired every artist that followed him, from the Beatles...
to everything after. Here's Bruce Springsteen performing a joyous impromptu cover of Berry's classic 'Never Can Tell,' the same song that John Travolta and Uma Thurman danced to in Pulp Fiction.
Chuck Berry's contributions to the world, his impact on art and culture, are immeasurable. He will be deeply missed, and forever loved.